Kitsap Credit Union Gives Generously to Bremerton Area Food Banks

In an area with 30% food insecurity, the credit union realizes the link between hunger and financial strife.

12/10/2019

Megan Stiles, Director, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, was pleasantly surprised to be presented with a check that will help her organization’s food bank feed Navy and Marine families in the Bremerton area.

In a military town like Bremerton, Washington, it may be surprising that 51,000 people who served their country needed financial assistance from the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society last year.

“Active duty military families face hurdles year-round that the civilian population often do not encounter,” said Megan Stiles, the organization’s director. “Under or unemployment of spouses due to lack of portable careers, limited resources at remote duty stations, higher food and living costs at certain duty stations, childcare costs that exceed minimum wage earnings, and a lack of extended family support due to being forced to live far from their home, can add to budget strain.”

NMCRS provides active duty and retired Sailors and Marines with a variety of support services, including food to feed their families. Along with resources provided by the Navy and Marine Corps, NMCRS has another partner — Bremerton-based Kitsap Credit Union.

NMCRS’ food bank is one of 13 in the community that Kitsap recently honored with contributions totaling over $50,000. The credit union held a luncheon to celebrate the food banks’ work and surprised each with hefty financial contributions. The event was covered by Seattle television media.

“Our local food banks work tirelessly to provide a safety net for our community, ensuring that no one has to go hungry,” said Shawn Gilfedder, President and CEO. “We are excited for the opportunity to show our gratitude to the remarkable people that have dedicated their lives’ work to battle against hunger.”

The United Way of Kitsap County reports 30% of the area’s residents are food insecure and not sure how they are going to feed their families on any given day. The region’s foodbanks are a front-line resource for those families. With the holiday season approaching, Kitsap Credit Union’s generosity will help the food banks get food and other resources for their clients.