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Local credit union delivers donation for Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank

President and CEO of Greater BR Food Bank Mike Manning, Essential FCU Marketing Coordinator Elisabeth Patrick, Susana Lee Essential FCU Development and Charlene Montelaro Sr. VP of Development and Philanthropy (Source: Ascension Credit Union) President and CEO of Greater BR Food Bank Mike Manning, Essential FCU Marketing Coordinator Elisabeth Patrick, Susana Lee Essential FCU Development and Charlene Montelaro Sr. VP of Development and Philanthropy (Source: Ascension Credit Union)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank received a gift on Friday that inspired smiles all around.

Essential Federal Credit Union delivered a check for 12,700 meals. Now what is that in dollars? Here's what Essential Credit Union employees have to say. "With the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, a simple $1 donation can provide up to 5 meals for those in need. Many do not realize just how much of a difference even the smallest donation can make."

"Essential is donating 50 meals per new member that opens an account with them through the end of 2015," they added, "So essentially, (no pun intended) that is $10 given to the Food Bank. The organization prefers to refer to their donations by number of meals because many do not realize just how much of a difference even the smallest donation can make. Essential has set a new member goal that could provide 100,000 meals by the end of the campaign if realized, which means the give could be up to $20,000."

Essential had been chalking up donations starting at the first of the month in September. Since there were 254 new Essential FCU members, that translated into the donation amount.

Every said this was perfect timing, because today is "World Food Day"!

So if you're looking for a federal credit union to handle your money, Essential can sign you up and send a donation representing 50 meals to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Essential says it'll collect donations from members and employees maybe by passing around a donation box or jar.

They've already collected an impressive 1-691 pounds of non-perishable food items to donate!

Get more info at the Essential Federal Credit Union's website.

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