Oak Ridge, Tenn. – ORNL Federal Credit Union (FCU) recently presented a check for $1,789 to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee as the credit union concluded its two-month weight loss challenge to benefit the Food for Kids program.
From August 17 to October 19, ORNL FCU encouraged its employees to get healthy by losing weight for a good cause, and committed to donating $1 for every pound lost to the Food for Kids program for those that did so.
With 55 teams and 220 employees participating, ORNL FCU lost a total of 1,789 pounds collectively, which resulted in a donation equivalent to 5,367 meals for children in the areas the credit union serves.
“It’s startling to think that 1 in 4 children in our community are at-risk of going hungry today,” said Colin Anderson, ORNL FCU President and CEO. “The Food for Kids program is something we all need to get behind, and we’re proud to help Second Harvest Food Bank in their mission. The weight loss challenge was a great opportunity to simultaneously encourage a healthy workplace and support the Food for Kids program.”
Food for Kids is a collaborative effort between Second Harvest Food Bank and an ever-increasing number of public schools within the food bank’s 18-county service area. The program is designed to provide healthy, easily-prepared food to some of the most vulnerable children in the community – children who may be missing meals on a regular basis.
Teachers at each school compile a list of kids in their classroom who they feel are at risk of hunger. These children are discreetly given a backpack full of food for themselves (and any siblings they may have at home) every Friday throughout the school year. Reports of improved self-esteem, behavior and concentration among Food for Kids participants are common.
For more information or to make a donation, visit www.secondharvestetn.org/cause-view/food-for-kids/.
ORNL Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative locally owned and operated by its members for the benefit of all who belong. Established in 1948 with 10 founding members, ORNL Federal Credit Union’s assets have grown to $1.7 billion and membership has grown to over 148,000. Open to businesses and anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in the 16 counties of Central East Tennessee, ORNL Federal Credit Union currently serves members in 32 branches located throughout Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Hamblen, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, Sevier, and Union counties.