Genisys Credit Union holds employee food drive for Lighthouse of Oakland County

AUBURN HILLS, MI (August 30, 2016) — Lighthouse of Oakland County is currently experiencing one of the largest increases in demand for food they’ve seen during the summer months and Genisys Credit Union is determined to help. 

“We experienced a 44% increase in the number of children served by the food pantry from May to June, and that increase held steady in July,” said Lighthouse CEO Rick David. “During the 20152016 fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, the Lighthouse Food Pantry served 16,576 individuals, 40% of them being children,” he said.

As September is “Hunger Awareness Month,” Genisys Credit Union is taking the lead on helping by organizing an employee food drive from their 16 locations throughout Oakland County. President/CEO Jackie Buchanan, a Lighthouse Trustee said, “Genisys puts a major emphasis on community involvement through our ‘Making a Difference’ campaigns, and Lighthouse is an organization whose work we hold in high regard. I challenge other organizations to organize food drives to help address hunger in our community.” 

Donations are critical to the Lighthouse Food Pantry the only food pantry open five days per week in Oakland County. “This increase validates the research that approximately 300,000 children in Southeast Michigan receive free and reduced-price lunches at school. We help replace both lunch and often breakfast for these children and their families during the summer months,” said Wilma Abney, Chief Program Officer.

Without access to adequate food and nutrition during the summer months and beyond, the educational and developmental impact to children and families is well documented. Lighthouse is asking for the community’s help in meeting this increase in demand for food. Perishable and nonperishable items are needed. Among the items are peanut butter & jelly, tuna, soups, cereals, baby food & formula, milk, vegetables, fruits, canned fruits & vegetables, rice, canned beans, diapers, toilet paper, paper towel, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, dish detergent and soaps.

About Genisys Credit Union

Genisys Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial institution that has been committed to helping its members financially since 1936. Based out of Auburn Hills, MI, the credit union is the fourth largest in Michigan with over 255,000 members and 32 branch locations. With a highly competitive suite of products such as High Yield Genius Checking and Youth Savings Account as well as loans for small to mid-sized businesses, Genisys specializes in providing consumer and business financial solutions through its branches, a multi-channel contact center, and a variety of mobile and online banking services. Genisys has consistently received the highest 5-star Bauer Financial Rating for safety and soundness along with receiving recognition from S&P Global Market Intelligence as a nationwide Top 10 Performing Credit Union. They are also proud to be committed to their communities by annually volunteering over 4,400 hours and partnering on over 1,000 community events. Connect with Genisys on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok by following @genisyscu. For more information visit


Theresa Doan
Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility
Phone: 248.835.8674

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