SSFCU kicks-off San Antonio’s largest food drive to collect one million pounds of food in November
SAN ANTONIO, TX (November 12, 2013) — Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) kicked-off the annual Food4SA campaign on November 1 with a $30,000 donation to the San Antonio Food Bank. In collaboration with H-E-B, Tesoro, the San Antonio Express-News, News 4 and Magic 105.3, the event is the largest food drive in the city. Its goal: to collect one million pounds of food in one month for Southwest Texas families in need – enough to make 750,000 meals.
“Each week, we help feed 58,000 people throughout 16 counties in Southwest Texas. Food4SA is imperative to our efforts to accomplish this monumental goal. We’re glad to have the relationships we do with our partners to help nourish our community,” said Eric Cooper, president and chief executive officer for the San Antonio Food Bank.
The credit union’s San Antonio area branches serve as drop locations for individuals wishing to donate canned goods or financial support. In addition, SSFCU uses its social media profiles, website and other marketing avenues to help promote the campaign to its members and the greater community.
“The current economic environment makes this year’s drive even more critical,” said Jim Laffoon, SSFCU president. ““More families than ever are struggling to put food on the table, and the number just keeps growing,”
In October, a temporary increase in food stamp benefits came to an end, and families are now receiving an average of 5 percent less on their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards. More than 320,000 people in Bexar County – mostly seniors and children – rely on SNAP.
“It’s important to us to serve and help wherever we can,” said Laffoon. “That’s why we’ve supported the Food4SA campaign for more than ten years. We’ve seen the need build and realize just how critical this million pounds is for our community.”
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