MAPLE GROVE, MN--(Marketwired - Apr 25, 2014) - For the month of March employees of TopLine Federal Credit Union exchanged donations of food and cash to the Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) and Keystone Community Services food shelves for the chance to wear jeans on Fridays and Saturdays. When the program ended, TopLine's 93 employees and many generous members had donated over 675 pounds of food and over $200 in cash to help restock the local agencies' food shelves.
"TopLine employees and members once again demonstrated their support to help ensure that their neighbors in need do not go hungry," says Tom Smith, TopLine President and CEO. "Every contribution helps as food shelves are still seeing a rise in families needing food shelf services, and our employees and members continue to eagerly help serve our community."
The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is the only statewide effort of its kind and raises more than half the food distributed annually by Minnesota food shelves, and every dollar given goes to fight hunger locally.
This year's March FoodShare campaign theme, "Be a Hero in the Fight Against Hunger," has been a rousing success. CEAP showed a record breaking month as they raised nearly $180,000 and over 200,000 pounds of food for families in need for Hennepin and Anoka counties. Keystone is also proud to share that they received nearly $63,000 and over 44,000 pounds in food donations to help Ramsey county families in crisis.
Each year during the month of March CEAP and Keystone participate in the statewide food and fund drive to restock pantry shelves. For donors' efforts, a portion of every dollar and pound of food raised is matched by Minnesota FoodShare.
TopLine employees were able to participate by donating money and/or food to the food drive in exchange for a "Denim Days" sticker, allowing them to wear jeans to work on Fridays and Saturdays during the four-week program.
CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Programs), serving Hennepin and Anoka Counties, is a community-based, non-profit agency that partners with other resources to assist people in need. The mission of CEAP is to stabilize individuals and families in financial distress and to maximize their ability to live independently and with dignity. Visit www.CEAP.com to learn more.
Keystone Community Services is a community-based volunteer organization in St. Paul that helps thousands of low-income individuals and families in the East Metro Area. Keystone's mission is to strengthen the capacity of individuals and families to improve their quality of life. Visit www.keystoneservices.org to learn more.
TopLine Federal Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based credit union, is Minnesota's 13th largest, with assets of more than $340 million. Established in 1935, the not-for-profit cooperative offers a complete line of financial services, as well as auto and home insurance, from its five locations -- in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Plymouth and in St. Paul's Como Park -- as well as by phone and online at www.TopLinecu.com. Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington Counties and their immediate family members.