The KCU Cares Foundation donates $150,000 to 25 local food banks and backpack feeding programs to kick-start program

BREMERTON, WASH. (December 16, 2021) — Magnifying its mission of giving back to the communities they serve; Kitsap Credit Union has announced the launch of The KCU Cares Foundation. With the credit union’s long history working with the community and local charities, they understand the larger demands necessary to truly help their neighbors. By unifying like-minded individuals and groups, The KCU Cares Foundation will have the ability to lead initiatives with the resources to make powerful change long term.

Kitsap Credit Union’s corporate giving program has been working with organizations in their community for over 40 years. The relationships they have fostered not only allowed them to give-back, but the trust forged with the nonprofits’ frontline workers put them in the position to have their pulse on what the true needs are for different people in the community as they are happening and as they change and evolve.

“Giving on our own as an organization is important, but as we have seen, more must be done,” said Kitsap Credit Union CEO Shawn Gilfedder.

The development of The KCU Cares Foundation positions the organization to unify corporation and individual donations and spearhead larger projects that will magnify what can be done for their community.

“The creation of The KCU Cares Foundation will allow us to turn ordinary opportunities to extraordinary ones,” said Gilfedder.

The KCUCares Foundation will support their communities with a more intentional approach, focused on the three major pillars: Hunger, Homelessness, and Financial Wellness.

“Through collaborating with The KCUCares Foundation, individuals and businesses will belong to an organization who unites and leads them collectively to do good,” said Leah Olson, VP, Marketing and Director, The KCU Cares Foundation. “Our goals are to provide more affordable housing, ensure those who are hungry can receive the help they need, and improve the financial wellbeing of those who live and work in our communities.”

What better way to launch the new foundation than distributing monetary donations to local food banks and backpack feeding programs?!

At the KCU Holiday Treats & Eats Event hosted by The KCU Cares Foundation on December 13, 2021, the foundation distributed $150,000 to 25 local organizations.

According to Northwest Harvest, the sobering truth is that 1 in 10 Washingtonians consistently struggle with hunger. With over 40,000 individuals and families finding themselves unemployed this last year, there are a growing number of families registering for free and reduced lunch programs in all counties.

This is why Kitsap Credit Union & The KCU Cares Foundation find it crucial to support their local Food Banks and Backpack-For-Kids Feeding Programs to help ease this burden for individuals and families in need.

Interviews can be scheduled with Kitsap Credit Union CEO Shawn Gilfedder and Leah Olson, VP, Marketing and Director. To learn more about The KCU Cares Foundation and how you can collaborate with the foundation log onto

Food Bank recipients included: Northwest Harvest, Graham South Hill Food Bank, Puyallup Food Bank, Port Townsend Food Bank, Tri Area Food Bank, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Central Kitsap Food Bank, Bremerton Food Line, North Kitsap Fishline, ShareNet, South Kitsap Helpline, North Mason Food Bank, Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, and Gig Harbor Peninsula Fish.

Backpack Program recipients included: Food Backpack 4 kids, Coalition of Churches, Backpacks for Kids of Port Orchard, ShareNet, North Kitsap Fishline, Bremerton Backpack Brigade, Central Kitsap Food Backpack 4 Kids, Chimacum Backpacks for Kids, Kiwanis Backpack Program, United Way of Pierce County, and Parkway Community Services.

To schedule interviews and for more information on The KCUCares Foundation and the event, please contact Melisa Tropeano at or 201.572.1808.

About Kitsap Credit Union

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