Press release submitted by River Bend Foodbank|
River Bend Foodbank gets surprise donation from Ascentra members and staff
BETTENDORF – The spectacle mesmerized onlookers this past weekend as hot air balloons decorated the skyline for the 2012 Quad City Balloon Festival. All eyes were looking up as the balloons made their way up, but below, River Bend Foodbank Agency Relations Specialist Diane Erikson's eyes were wide open as she peeked inside the Ascentra Credit Union van at the event. In it were totes full of canned soup and vegetables, and boxes of pasta, cereal and rice. All were donations from credit union members and staff.
"In addition to our sponsorship of the event, we wanted to do even more. For the month of September, Ascentra held a food drive open to our members and staff. We were ecstatic when we realized that together we had collected enough food to fill our Ascentra van. The River Bend Foodbank's Backpack Program is a remarkable program, which ensures students won't go hungry over the weekend when they are not receiving their school meals," said VP of Marketing and Public Relations Jennifer Naeve. "It is our honor to partner with our members and the Quad City Balloon Festival to make a difference in the lives of our area youth."
Ascentra has been a supporter of the Quad City Balloon Festival since it was established. The event serves as a fundraiser and food drive for the River Bend Foodbank. Donations from this event go directly to the food bank's Backpack Program. This was the first year that the credit union collected food items for the event.
Founded in 1950, Ascentra Credit Union has grown throughout the years now serving over 30,000 members. Membership is available for anyone living or working in the Quad Cities or surrounding counties. Ascentra currently has eight branch locations in a variety of local communities including Bettendorf, Clinton, Davenport, Le Claire, Moline, and Muscatine. With a full range of financial services, Ascentra is committed to excellence in service and living up to our value proposition of "Listening, caring, doing what's right."