HFS Federal Credit Union donates over $33,000 to The Food Basket
HILO, HI (June 14, 2019) — Each year, HFS Federal Credit Union (HFS FCU) chooses a local organization to support during their Annual Fundraiser. This year, The Food Basket’s “We Got Your Back” Keiki Backpack Program was the recipient of the donation. Through the generous support of HFS FCU’s members and staff, the Credit Union was able to raise $33,312.19 for this excellent program!
“Due to the truly amazing outpouring of generosity by HFS FCU members, over 2,000 vulnerable children on Hawai’i Island will receive a backpack full of nutritious and easy to prepare food which will help them to develop, learn and thrive. Our warmest mahalo to all the HFS FCU staff and members who donated to the “We Got Your Back” Keiki Backpack Program for your help in making sure all children on our island have enough to eat.” – Kristin Frost Albrecht, The Food Basket Executive Director.
The Food Basket has been providing hunger relief to those in need since 1989. The “We’ve Got Your Back” Keiki Backpack Program offers nutritional supplements to low-income elementary school-aged children at schools with a high number of free and reduced lunches. Keiki will receive their bags before long school breaks or weekends when they may not have meals available to them. Kristin highlighted that the number of keiki receiving free and reduced lunches has increased since the prior year. Donations help to expand the number of keiki that can be supported by the program.
“This year we are simply in awe of the kindness and support we received from our members and staff,” says HFS FCU Marketing Coordinator, Ashley Yamamoto. “Mahalo to The Food Basket for having this amazing program available to our keiki and tirelessly working toward ending hunger on our island. You can tell that they have such aloha for people and passion for what they do, it’s truly inspiring,” says HFS FCU Marketing Specialist, Jesica Pacheco.
(front) Sarah Hamakawa, Nathan Abe, Kristin Frost Albrecht and Donna Stillman. (back) Duryn Izumo, Vincent Cruz and Daniel Torres Ramos.
About HFS Federal Credit Union
HFS Federal Credit Union (HFS FCU) is the largest not-for-profit and member-owned financial institution on Hawai’i Island. Established by just nine individuals in 1937, HFS started with very humble beginnings. The Credit Union continued to grow from serving just employees of the Federal and Territorial Governments in the County of Hawai‘i and their families, to now offering membership to any person who lives, works or attends school on Hawai’i Island.
For more information about HFS FCU and additional eligibility criteria, contact the Credit Union at (808) 930-1400, visit www.hfsfcu.org or stop by any of our branches in Hilo, Kea‘au, Prince Kuhio Plaza, Honoka‘a, Waimea or Kona. You’ll quickly see why HFS is the credit union where caring counts.