Arrowhead Credit Union makes a surprise delivery to help CSUSB students

SAN BERNANDINO, CA (December 10, 2015) — The team at Arrowhead Credit Union made a surprise donation by delivering a truck full of food to stock the shelves at The DEN (Delivering Emergency Nourishment), a new program at Cal State San Bernardino. The DEN is CSUSB’s own food pantry for the many students who regularly have to choose between hunger and paying for classes.

Arrowhead Credit Union team member, Edward Vargas, who is a part-time student at CSUSB, shared the needs of The DEN with his team and they sprang into action. They held their own fundraiser at work and raised more than $1,700, enough to fill a truck with food that will feed many students.

“It was one of those moments when you see a need and realize you have the opportunity to make a difference,” said Vargas.

Bryant Fairley, the associate director of the CSUSB Office of Community Engagement, explained that more than 91 percent of kids in the San Bernardino public school system receive free or reduced meals, and that need doesn’t end when the student attends college.

“The ultimate goal is to keep our students in school. Some students just need a lunch, but some need more. In addition to food and hygiene items, we welcome monetary donations, so that we can provide gift cards for groceries, gas, or even a minor car repair,” Fairley said.

The DEN currently provides food to more than 80 students each week, and the demand is growing.

“Arrowhead Credit Union is the first outside organization to show their support in a big way, and we hope this creates more awareness in the community.” Fairley said. “Our immediate goal is to keep our doors open longer, but our need is bigger than what we currently have, especially as we continue to welcome more low-income first generation students.”

Arrowhead CU Team Members Delivering Food Arrowhead CU Team Members unloading truck Arrowhead CU Team with The DEN

About Arrowhead Credit Union

Arrowhead Credit Union was established in 1949 and is dedicated to building strong communities. Arrowhead has $2.5 billion in assets and serves more than 190,000 members with 19 branches in two states. Visit for more information.


Robert Martinez
Chief Operating Officer
Arrowhead Credit Union
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