Northwest Federal Credit Union recently provided a free storage and distribution space for Helping Hungry Kids (HHK) of Northern Virginia, a beneficiary and DBA of CORE Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
HHK provides food to local elementary school children who would otherwise go hungry on weekends and during school breaks. For more than ten years, they have provided children with food packs containing enough food for two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners and snacks. HHK donates more than 13,000 food packs each school year to students at elementary schools in the Northern Virginia area.
Recently, HHK’s founders reached out to community leaders in search of a space they could use to expand their organization. Since the onset of COVID-19, they have been operating out of a trailer in a driveway and were looking for a larger, air-conditioned, safe space to sort and package meals, allowing them to increase efficiency and engage more volunteers.
Dogwood Elementary, one of the schools that receives supplies from HHK, reached out to its longtime partner, the NWFCU Foundation, the credit union’s charitable arm. The Northwest Federal team responded quickly, offering 1,500 square feet of vacant space in a Northwest Federal-owned building in Reston, VA, conveniently located for loading and unloading donations.
“When Helping Hungry Kids expressed a need that would enable them to better serve local children, we were excited to provide a space for them at no charge,” said Jeff Bentley, President and CEO of Northwest Federal. “With all the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, we want to do everything possible to make sure children in our community don’t go hungry."
About Northwest Federal Credit Union
Northwest Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution ranking among the largest credit unions in Virginia and in the top 60 credit unions in the nation. Established in 1947 and headquartered in Herndon, Va., Northwest Federal's Why is to serve and inspire to transform lives. The Credit Union currently serves more than 260,000 members and has assets in excess of $4 billion. For more information, visit www.nwfcu.org or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
About Northwest Federal Credit Union Foundation
The NWFCU Foundation was established in 2004 to promote and manage Northwest Federal Credit Union’s philanthropic activities. The mission of NWFCU Foundation is to empower young people to achieve their goals by helping them learn, excel and celebrate life and by supporting their health, well-being and education. The NWFCU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permissible by law for those who itemize deductions. For more information, visit www.nwfcufoundation.org.