Credit union gives away $4,000 in free groceries

LOUISIANA (September 29, 2014) — In less than two hours, Pelican State Credit Union gave away $4,000 in free groceries to shoppers in its branch community! Starting at 9 a.m. on September 19, 2014, the first 200 shoppers to visit Carter’s Supermarket in Denham Springs, Louisiana, received $20 in free groceries.

Pelican team members saw first hand how far $20 goes in some households. Shoppers were overwhelmed with gratitude and some even hugged team members as they left the supermarket!

“This means a lot to me; we need the food,” said shopper Wanda Lee, second in line for free groceries.

Lee and many others who were in line for free groceries before 9 a.m. said that waiting was worth it because $20 goes a long way if you’re a savvy shopper.

Pelican knows it’s important to support local businesses and wanted to partner with a family-owned grocery store for this event in order to give back to the community that has given so much to the credit union. Carter’s is locally owned and operated by the Cain family and is located just miles from Pelican’s Denham Springs branch.

There was no catch! You did not have to be a member of the credit union to get free groceries and no purchase was necessary. Pelican team members bagged each shopper’s groceries in reusable shopping totes and carried bags to their vehicles.

The Grocery Store Giveaway is one of the many ways the credit union is giving back to its branch communities and encouraging consumers to bank and shop local. Across the state of Louisiana, the credit union has given away over $8,000 in money booths at festivals and Grand Openings, $4,000 in free gas and over 700 sno-cones.

Pelican has several other #PelicanPays promotions planned for 2014. Search for the hashtag on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up with Pelican’s other events throughout the year!

About Pelican State Credit Union
For more than 57 years, Pelican State Credit Union has been providing financial services to individuals and their families throughout the state of Louisiana. Since opening its doors in 1956, the credit union seeks to embody its mission statement each and every day, providing innovative products and services, with a continued, dedicated focus on member loyalty. Pelican State Credit Union was originally chartered as the Department of Hospitals Credit Union, located in downtown Baton Rouge. Its main membership served Louisiana Charity Hospitals, Mental Health Centers, and State Office Personnel. Pelican State has since grown into one of the largest state chartered credit unions in Louisiana now serving over 37,500 members nationwide with an asset size of $232 million. For information, visit

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