PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the second consecutive year, Citizens Bank will join forces with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, contributing $1 million as a Leadership-level partner to further broaden and deepen its efforts to fight hunger. As part of this contribution, Citizens will direct $133,000 to Feeding America’s Ending Hunger initiative, which focuses on helping people increase their financial well-being and long-term food security.
The renewed partnership was formally announced by Citizens Bank Chairman and CEO Bruce Van Saun and Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank on Monday, Nov. 4, as part of a forum with community partners examining innovative approaches that are providing progress both nationally and locally towards ending hunger.
“Our partnership with Feeding America makes a tremendous impact across the communities we serve and beyond, particularly because the need is so great,” said Bruce Van Saun, Chairman and CEO, Citizens Financial Group. “The effects of food insecurity are felt in communities big and small, and this collaboration enables us to extend the reach of our efforts to combat this fundamental issue.”
In 2018, during the first year of the Citizens partnership with Feeding America, more than 30 programs received funding in 21 markets. The renewed funding announced today has further extended that reach, funding at least 32 programs in 23 markets so far this year.
Through the Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger initiative, which includes its partnership with Feeding America, the bank helped provide 8.2 million meals* to people in need. Looking forward, Citizens anticipates exceeding that number of meals and supports a variety of programs such as Striking Out Hunger in Rhode Island, the KDKA Feed the Kids Summer Telethon in Pittsburgh, Phans Feeding Families in Philadelphia, Hunger Free Summer in Michigan, and Spring for Meals in Boston.
“One in nine Americans face hunger, including more than 11 million children. Feeding America is grateful to Citizens Bank for recognizing the need in their communities and for stepping up in the fight to end hunger,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Through our partnership, Feeding America and member food banks will provide more meals to children and families in need.”
Citizens’ investment in combating hunger is a longstanding and important one for the bank. Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger initiative is rooted in the belief that when people and communities reach their potential, we all thrive. More information on Citizens Helping Citizens Fight Hunger is available here.
*$1 helps Feeding America provide at least 10 meals through local member food banks.
About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $164.4 billion in assets as of September 30, 2019. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 2,900 ATMs and approximately 1,100 branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Consumer Banking products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings, wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services, including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest rate products, and asset finance. More information is available at www.citizensbank.com or visit us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.