SNJ Today Highlights Bay Atlantic FCU’s Support of Vineland Rotary Club’s Hunger Project

VINELAND, N.J. – SNJ Today highlighted Bay Atlantic Federal Credit Union’s participation in feeding local families of the Vineland community with the Vineland Rotary Club Hunger Project on April 14th. More than 100 volunteers form the area helped assemble 120,000 meals. Gail Marino, President/CEO of Bay Atlantic FCU (BAFCU) co-chaired the project along with BAFCU Board Secretary Bonnie Laube.

Photo Courtesy of: SNJ Today

Held at the Vineland Salvation Army Building, volunteers, including employees of Bay Atlantic FCU, assembled high-protein meal packets that feed up to six people.

“There was a tremendous outpouring from the community wanting to volunteer,” said Marino. “Everybody was anxious to help our neighbors who need it.”

The meal packets consist of lentils, rice, dehydrated vegetables, and salt. Once packaged, the boxes were donated to the Vineland, Buena and Bridgeton Salvation Armies, Casa Prac in Vineland, Bethany Grace Church in Bridgeton, St. Vincent DePaul Center in Vineland, Millville Housing Authority and the Family Shelter (both in Millville), Parish of Holy Cross/Pope Francis Food Pantry in Bridgeton, Church of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bridgeton, and the Community Foodbank of NJ – Southern Branch.

The project is organized by Feeding Children Everywhere based in Florida and costs the Vineland Rotary Club approximately $9,000 to conduct. The club relied on area business owner donations to support their fundraising efforts. According to SNJ Today, Vineland Rotary Club vice president Frank Rumick did most of the fundraising.

“Getting the donations went as smoothly as I expected,” he said. “We had large and small contributions—I don’t think a single person turned me down.” He used mostly a face-to-face approach.

“Sometimes I got the check right then, sometimes they mailed it in, or sometimes I had to go back to get it,” he added.

Feeding Children Everywhere has distributed 73 million meals and impacted 50 countries. The total volunteers so far number almost 500,000. 

Bay Atlantic FCU is proud to follow the credit union motto of “people helping people” in this effort. 

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