Cardinal Credit Union food drive with Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt results in 500+ items donated to W-E Care Food Pantry

MENTOR, OH (December 14, 2023) — With help from Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt, Cardinal Credit Union hosted a community food drive from November 27 through December 9 at their seven retail branches. As a result of their efforts, more than 500 non-perishable food items were donated to the W-E Care Food Pantry, located within the Northern Career Institute – Eastlake Campus. The food pantry benefits families within the school district that suffer from food insecurity.

In a ceremony at Eastlake High School on Tuesday, December 12, Cardinal Credit Union CEO Christine Blake shared the results of the community food drive with Dr. Patrick Ward, Superintendent of Willoughby-Eastlake Schools, who also spoke at the event along with Kareem Hunt. More than 100 guests from the community were in attendance to celebrate this accomplishment.

“Cardinal Credit Union is thrilled to have hosted such a successful food drive for the W-E Food Pantry,” said Christine Blake, CEO, Cardinal Credit Union. “We couldn’t have done it without the help and support of our employees, our members and the greater northeastern Ohio community. We are proud to continue to make a difference in the lives of in-need members of our community especially at this very special time of the year.”

As part of the push for food donations, Cardinal awarded 25 donors a meet and greet with Kareem Hunt at Eastlake High School prior to yesterday’s ceremony. To qualify, donors either provided five non-perishable food items or $10 to receive one entry into a raffle to meet Hunt.

The W-E Food Pantry community food drive, sponsored by Cardinal Credit Union, resulted in more than 500 non-perishable food items being donated. Pictured above (left to right) is Cleveland Browns mascot Chomps, Cardinal CEO Christine Blake, Cleveland Browns Running Back Kareem Hunt, and Superintendent of Willoughby-Eastlake Schools Dr. Patrick Ward.

About Cardinal Credit Union

Headquartered in Mentor, Ohio, Cardinal Credit Union is a 70-year-old fiercely independent, member-owned not-for-profit financial cooperative that offers a broad range of banking products and services that people need and use every day – including checking accounts, CDs, credit cards, auto loans, debt-consolidation loans, mortgages and more. As a not-for-profit financial institution, any profits earned by the credit union are returned to its members in the form of fewer fees, lower loan rates, and higher savings interest. Everyone is welcome, and membership is instant. Banking can be done online, via Cardinal’s app, or by stopping in at one of its seven branches. For more information, visit the website at


Janet Brumfield

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