16:51 | 13.06.2018
Fifth Third Bank and Employees Provide More Than 1.7 Million Meals to Fight Hunger Across 10 states
Fifth Third Bank’s annual “Feeding Our Communities” initiative provided
more than 1.7 meals in May to fight hunger, surpassing the Bank’s goal
for the second straight year. The monthlong effort included more than
4,000 hours volunteered by employees to support individuals and
communities across the Bank’s 10-state footprint.
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Kurt Rieber, president and CEO, Freestore Foodbank; Bridget Patton, director of community affairs, office of Mayor John Cranley; Teresa Tanner, chief administrative officer, Fifth Third Bank; Scenario Adebesin, director, corporate social responsibility, Fifth Third Bank; and Jule Kucera, chief diversity and corporate social responsibility officer, Fifth Third Bank celebrate Fifth Third Day. (Photo: Business Wire)
According to Feeding America, 41.2 million Americans – including nearly
13 million children – live in households that lack the means to get
enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle
with hunger at some time during the year. Food-insecure families,
defined as those who have limited or uncertain availability of
nutritionally adequate and safe food, exist in every county in America.
Statistics like these inspire the Bank to make a difference in the
communities that it serves.
“City by city, region by region, food pantry by food pantry, Fifth Third
employees and our partners work to address critical hunger-related needs
in our communities, and to offer stability and dignity to those in need
around us, especially children,” said Greg Carmichael, chairman,
president and CEO. “Through initiatives like Feeding Our Communities, we
continue to demonstrate our commitment to improving the lives of our
customers and communities.”
In Greater Cincinnati, employees assembled 2,400 Power Packs for the
Freestore Foodbank. The packs are provided to children who may not get
regular meals on weekends. Bank employees also volunteered to pack
lunches for Maslow’s Army, an organization that focuses on providing
resources and food to the more than 8,000 homeless people living in the
region. They also participated in volunteer activities with MEAC Pantry
Partners, Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, the Ronald McDonald House and
Shelter House, which provides services for the homeless.
Through financial contributions and volunteer activities, Greater
Cincinnati employees provided close to 130,000 meals to those in need.
Additional donations through the Bank’s Community and Economic
Development (CED) department brought the total for the region to nearly
“Every day, over 87,400 kids are among the 281,000 people in the
Tristate area who are at risk for hunger,” said Kurt Reiber, president
and CEO of the Freestore Foodbank. “Hungry children come to school at a
disadvantage to learn, perform and focus in class. We appreciate the
support of Fifth Third as we work to give children the fuel they need to
grow healthy and strong. Together, we can solve hunger by getting food
to people who need it.”
Fifth Third partnered with more than 85 organizations across its
footprint to provide employee volunteer opportunities in May. Each
region identified needs in their local communities and designed
volunteer efforts to support. Some examples include:
In Chicago, we provided more than 179,000 meals for the hungry,
just over 44,000 through employee donations and volunteerism.
Donations through CED accounted for the remainder. Employees engaged
in activities including sorting, inventorying and packing meals with
the Northern Illinois Food Banks in Geneva, Deer Park and Rockford,
Illinois. They also hosted a backpack assembly project at Navy Pier
where meals were placed in 1,000 backpacks for Blessings in a
Backpack, a nonprofit that provides food to children who are often
dependent on school food programs for their meals and nutrition.
Northeast Ohio employees hosted volunteer sessions benefiting
the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Greater Cleveland Foodbank,
Northeast Ohio’s largest hunger-relief organization. The employees
provided more than 170 hours of community service and provided more
than 10,000 meals through contributions and volunteerism. CED
donations brought total provided meals to 144,000.
Georgia employees provided more than 34,500 meals and
volunteered nearly 100 hours to the Atlanta Community Food Bank and
the Hosea Helps Family Center to box food for families in the
communities that the Bank serves.
Florida employees volunteered nearly 635 hours, which, combined
with contributions, provided more than 41,000 meals across the state.
CED donations brought the state total to more than 101,000. Employee
activities included partnering with agencies including the Salvation
Army, the Second Harvest Food Bank, Feeding Northeast Florida and
Lehigh Community Services to provide hot meals to veterans and
families and to organize food at food pantries.
North Carolina employees provided more than 50,000 meals
through contributions and volunteer activities. The employees
volunteered more than 250 hours on activities that included packing
meals through the BackPack Buddies program and volunteering at two
Second Harvest Food Banks in the state. Additional CED donations
brought the state total to nearly 88,000.
The Bank kicked off its donation activities during the first week of May
as part of activities to mark Fifth Third Day, or 5/3 on the calendar.
For more than 25 years, Fifth Third has used this special date to
recognize the contribution of its employees, to thank its valued
customers and to support the community. Over the last seven years, in
honor of Fifth Third Day, the Bank has provided more than 5 million
meals across the Midwest and Southeast as a way to fight hunger.
The Bank’s Feeding Our Communities initiative is part of the Bank’s work
to improve lives. For more on Fifth Third’s corporate social
responsibility efforts, read our
2017 Corporate Social Responsibility report.
About Fifth Third
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company
headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of March 31, 2018, the Company had
$142 billion in assets and operated 1,153 full-service Banking Centers
and 2,459 ATMs with Fifth Third branding in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana,
Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North
Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to
more than 54,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third
operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking,
Consumer Lending and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third is among the
largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2018, had
$363 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $37 billion for
individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its
Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. Investor
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Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market
under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858.
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