Kitsap Credit Union Donates $130,000 During Holiday Cash & Dash Event

Debbi Greenspane, Branch Manager, Kitsap Credit Union – Port Townsend

12/15/2020

During its Holiday Cash and Dash event Dec. 7, Kitsap Credit Union, based in Bremerton, Washington, surprised its community by presenting check donations totaling $130,000 to 25 local food banks and backpack feeding programs from Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, and Pierce counties.

The credit union donated $5,000 to 24 local organizations, and $10,000 to Washington State’s leading hunger relief agency, Northwest Harvest.

Recipients were greeted with a festive, musical entrance as they pulled into the drive-thru event, where each organization was presented with a larger-than-life-size check, in addition to a real check. Following a quick photo and thank-you from the credit union, each recipient dashed off with the cash.

Lori Maxim of North Kitsap Fishline (left) and Kitsap Credit Union President and CEO, Shawn Gilfedder (right)

Economic hardship continues to contribute to the number and frequency of individuals and families relying on local food banks and food assistance programs for basic nutritional needs. 

Megan Stiles of Navy Marine Corp Relief (left), Kitsap Credit Union President and CEO, Shawn Gilfedder (middle), and Connie Rouse, Branch Manager, Kitsap Credit Union – Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (right)

“With some food banks serving more people than ever, we at Kitsap Credit Union found it crucial to support our local food banks in a much larger way during this challenging time,” said Kitsap Credit Union President and CEO, Shawn Gilfedder.

Additionally, a growing number of students are registering for free and reduced lunch programs in all counties. To help ease the financial burden for these families, KCU offered a Skip-A-Pay promotion to qualified members to raise funds for local backpack feeding programs. 

“It is essential we help families struggling with food insecurity,” said Gilfedder. “We knew this would be the area where we could make the most significant impact for our community.”

Check out KCU’s video below capturing the festive and inspiring event.

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