Idaho’s Southwest Chapter of Credit Unions Tackle Hunger

10/2/18

CapEd Credit Union employees participated in the Supermarket Dash and donated their collected food items to the Idaho Food Bank.

The Southwest Chapter of Credit Unions in Idaho embodied the credit union spirit of People Helping People recently when its members stepped up to donate food to their local pantries and charities to help families throughout Idaho.

This wasn’t any ordinary food drive, though. Seven teams from eight credit unions organized a “Supermarket Dash,” where they raced up and down the aisles of Ridley’s Market in Middleton, Idaho on Sept. 12.

Suzanne Hurtado, Support Services with Clarity Credit Union, lead the event, while Todd Christensen, SVP of Marketing and Business Development with CapEd Credit Union, emceed.

“This is a critical need in our community, and credit unions are proud to work together to serve,” Cheryl Moore, the chapter’s President and a Branch Manager for Idaho Central Credit Union said.

Teams had two minutes to gather as many groceries as they could, filling up carts with food. Eight credit unions from throughout the Treasure Valley raised more than $4,000 and also bought supplies for local food pantries. In addition, Ridley’s donated $50 to each team.

Participating credit unions included Simplot Employees, Clarity, CapEd, Icon, Desert Sage Federal, Idaho Central, Northwest Christian, and Malheur Federal credit unions. Donated items were given to the Ronald McDonald House, Middleton Food Pantry, Idaho Food Bank, the Nampa Senior Center, Salvation Army, and Boise Rescue Mission.

“One of the important purposes of credit union micro-communities is to live out the credit union cooperative operating principles,” Carmen Vigil, NWCUA Director of Cooperative Momentum, said. “The principles of cooperation among cooperatives, social responsibility, and building financial stability were all clearly on display in this collaborative effort. What a great example of how credit unions can maximize their impact by working together under the chapter structure.”

Every credit union agreed to buy $500 worth of groceries for their selected food bank, and Ridley’s donated $50 to each credit union to spend on top of that. Several credit unions spent over their agreed upon amount and a total of $4,124.56 in goods was purchased.

According to the Food Research and Action Center, more than one in 10 Idaho households don’t know where their next meal will come from.

Margie Potter, Development and Public Relations Director with the Salvation Army in Nampa, Idaho, said their location had enough food for a month to give to local families.

“The need knows no season, so even if you can’t buy something to bring to the food pantry, just go to your local food pantry and volunteer your time,” Potter said. “Anytime of the year, it’s always needed.”

The Southwest Chapter of credit unions is a collaborative, non-competitive group of credit unions working together to support the area’s community, to further develop credit union professionals, and to raise awareness about the benefits of credit union membership.

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