Bronco Federal Credit Union’s campaign gathers over 4,000 pounds of food

Published 10:01 am Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Members showing off their accomplishment in raising so much food for their campaign. -- SUBMITTED

Members showing off their accomplishment in raising so much food for their campaign. — SUBMITTED

The Bronco Federal Credit Union exceeded their goal of raising 4,000 pounds of food and raised 4,693 pounds during the months of June and July

The Credit Union hosted a campaign called “Together We Can” during these months with a purpose of gathering non-perishable food items for the Franklin Cooperative Ministries.

Veronica Ferguson, director of Franklin Cooperative Ministries, relayed to the credit union that during the summer time there is a critical shortage in the pantry.

The Credit Union offered an incentive with the campaign to get members to participate.

Those who donated 10 items received .5 percent off of a new auto or personal loan, and those who donated 20 items received 1 percent off a new personal loan.

“By providing lowered rates on new auto and personal loans for members who donated non-perishable food times, we created the perfect win/win scenario: Do something good, get something good” a spokesperson from the Credit Union said.

“The main principle of the credit union is ‘people helping people’ and we felt this fit well,” they added.

A little over 1,000 pounds was donated just from July 21st to July 31st.

Over 80 percent of the staff members made donations.

“Members appreciated the fact that they were helping others while doing a necessary process of obtaining a loan” the spokesperson said.

The different branches of the Credit Union kept items in bins and shopping carts on display in hopes of grasping the attention and interest of many of the members who were not in the market to buy a loan.

It took eight Vans and SUVs to get all the donated non-perishable food items to Franklin Cooperative Ministries.

President and CEO of the Bronco Federal Credit Union, Brian Hedgepeth, stated how pleased he was with the campaign.

“It is impossible to put into words how proud I am of our ‘Together We Can’ campaign,” he said. “To be able to deliver over two tons of food to an organization like Franklin Cooperative Ministries is extremely gratifying.”