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MAFCU to Nourish 2,000 Families in Need

September 4, 2014

[MOO]ve Against Hunger Helps Feed Thousands of Montgomery County Residents
in Need While Supporting Local 4-H Youth

Montgomery County, MD - Germantown-based Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union's unique social media campaign, [MOO]ve Against Hunger, raised over $12,500 to help Gaithersburg-based Manna Food Center combat hunger in Montgomery County, while simultaneously supporting the Montgomery County 4-H youth. The money raised through this campaign went towards the purchase of three full-size, healthy steer grown locally by young 4Hers at the Montgomery County 4-H Livestock Sale on August 15 held at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.  The three steers, totaling just under 4,000 lbs., are being donated to the Manna Food Center, where the prepared beef will be used to help feed and nourish approximately 2,000 Montgomery County families in need.

"As a member-owned credit union, MAFCU is dedicated to serving, supporting and developing our local community whenever we can.  We are so thrilled to be able to use the funds raised in the [MOO]ve Against Hunger campaign to help not just one, but two fantastic and important organizations in Montgomery County.  Being able to support the hard work of our local 4-H youth, while helping Manna Food Center nourish our county's hungry at the same time is extremely rewarding for all of us," said Marc Wilensky, Vice-President of Marketing at the Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union.

The Montgomery County's 4-H Organization is dedicated to helping kids develop skills in critical thinking, compassion, loyalty, healthy living and service. The Montgomery County 4-H Livestock Sale is one of the club's biggest events of the year.  As part of the 4-H Livestock Program, young 4-H'ers learn how to healthily and responsibly grow and raise steer, swine, and sheep for the purpose of consumption.

The three steer were purchased from three 4-H youth ranging from ages 8 to 13. "I'm really happy that all my hard work's paid off and the steer is going to charity," said 4-H member, Luke Ryba.  Luke's 1,090 lb. Holstein cross steer was among the three steers purchased by MAFCU that will be donated to the Manna Food Center. One hundred percent of MAFCU's contribution towards the steer will go directly to the young 4-H owners as part of the Livestock Sale program. 

"Ending hunger in our community takes everyone's participation," said Jackie DeCarlo, Executive Director of Manna.  "It was so inspiring to see young 4Hers demonstrate their skills and participate in service.  We are grateful that a great business like MAFCU made this unique donation possible."  MAFCU anticipates a final delivery of beef to Manna Food Center in mid-October, where it will then be distributed to thousands of Montgomery County neighbors in need.

About MAFCU:

Based in Germantown, Md., Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union (MAFCU) is a not-for-profit institution managed for the sole benefit of its members, and offers many financial services at better rates and fees. Profits are returned to MAFCU members in the form of higher savings rates, lower loan rates, and lower fees.  MAFCU currently has over 25,000 members and over

$270 million in assets. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, volunteers or attends school in Montgomery Country, Maryland. For more information, please visit www.mafcu.org, email mafcu@mafcu.org or call:

(301) 944-1800.

 

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