Online initiative supports food bank

Throughout December, Interior Savings is pledging to donate up to $30,000 to local food banks.

Throughout December, Interior Savings is pledging to donate up to $30,000 to local food banks.

By simply signing up to try online banking, customers can help families in need as the credit union will donate $50 for every member who signs up, and add another quarter for every online bill payment made this month.

“Last year this promotion raised over $1,600 for our food bank,” said David MacBain, community ministries director for the Salvation Army food bank in Vernon.

“It is this kind of support from the business community that helps us continue offering services to those who need it most.

“A contribution of $50 could buy $100 worth of groceries at our discounted rates, or could help provide essential nutrition in three monthly Moms & Tots packages.”

MacBain confirmed that in 2011, the number of individuals that rely on the food bank has remained at record levels.

“We’re very grateful for the support from Interior Savings and its members. Not only will their network of branches be collecting donations, but the credit union is taking a forward-looking approach to promoting a service in a way that has a direct benefit to the community,” he said.

Added Barry Meckler, Interior Savings president: “We want to raise awareness about a great, free service we offer while giving back to the communities who support us.

“We have thousands of members in the 14 communities we serve. If we can mobilize even a portion of them to pay a bill online, or sign up for online banking, we can help feed a lot people.”

Donations will be presented to food banks in each of the 14 communities in mid-January, a time of year when donations to these organizations typically drop off dramatically.

Interior Savings members can register at