802 Credit Union helps Project Feed the Thousands exceed it’s 2022 goal

BARRE, VT (March 30, 2023) — 802 Credit Union made a significant contribution to Project Feed the Thousands’ 2022 fundraising campaign, presenting a $6,000 donation towards the organization’s goal of $100,000. On March 8, 2023, Project Feed the Thousands announced that it had exceeded its target, raising a total of $138,748 plus 369,839 meals. The donation and support from 802 Credit Union played a key role in helping the organization achieve this extraordinary success.

In addition to financial support, 802 Credit Union also provided administrative services to Project Feed. This included processing donations, maintaining detailed documentation, hosting committee meetings, and acting as the primary location for the non-profit. This support helped to organize operations and enhance the overall effectiveness of the 2022 campaign.

“802 Credit Union’s contributions of not only cash but also numerous employee hours and other resources have been instrumental to our success,” stated George Haynes, campaign co-founder. “Their commitment allows us to pass on one hundred percent of the funds we collect to the nine area food shelves that we support, helping them with their missions. 802 Credit Union has picked up all the overhead. We are grateful.”

For over a decade, 802 Credit Union, formerly known as River Valley Credit Union, has been a steadfast supporter of Project Feed and their mission to help those facing food insecurity. Despite undergoing a significant merger in recent years, 802 Credit Union remains dedicated to the longstanding tradition of supporting this cause.

“At 802 Credit Union, we are committed to making a positive impact in the lives of our members and the communities we serve,” said Celina Ayers, VP of HR & Compliance, who is also a board member for Project Feed the Thousands. “We are proud to support Project Feed and its mission to provide food to those who are struggling to put meals on their tables.”

The nonprofit takes donations year-round, to help with the continuing food insecurities that families in our communities’ face. Monetary, tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Project Feed the Thousands, c/o 802 Credit Union, PO Box 8366, Brattleboro, VT 05304. You can also donate at or

About 802 Credit Union

802 Credit Union is a $370 million-plus financial institution, with nine locations currently serving over 34,000 members. Members are part of a cooperative, meaning they share ownership in the Credit Union and elect a volunteer board of directors. 802 Credit Union provides membership to anyone who lives, works, or worships in Vermont as well as Grafton, Sullivan and Cheshire counties in New Hampshire. For more information about 802 Credit Union visit

Project Feed the Thousands was started in 1994 by Larry Smith, formerly of WTSA radio, and Entergy Vermont Yankee (Ret.) and George Haynes, formerly of the Brattleboro Savings & Loan (Ret.). Their initial goal was to fill a single tractor trailer with food for people in Brattleboro area. Over the years, the need has grown. Today, Project Feed the Thousands collects multiple tractor trailers’ worth of food and personal care items for thousands of people in and around six communities across southeastern Vermont and southwestern, NH


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