BofA group donates $5,000 to food bank efforts

Charleston, SC – More than 40 Bank of America associate volunteers took part Wednesday morning in a major volunteer initiative at the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Volunteers packed more than 1,800 bags for the Lowcountry Food Bank's Backpack Buddies program and packaged more than 15,000 pounds of food. Collectively, the group created more than 12,000 meals for hungry families, children and elderly during the Lowcountry Food Bank's busiest time of year.

"As the holidays approach and thoughts turn to celebrating with family and friends, it's hard to imagine any family going hungry," said Michael Drohan, Coastal Carolinas Consumer Market Executive, Bank of America. "Yet this is the reality for one in four children facing food insecurity in the Lowcountry Food Bank service area.  It is through collaboration that we can create positive change and we are humbled to be here today to assist families in need."

The Bank of America team contributed over 120 volunteer hours to the Lowcountry Food Bank and presented the organization with a surprise financial donation of $5,000 in an effort to fight hunger in our community.

"We are very fortunate to have Bank of America as a partner in our effort to end hunger in our community," said D. Jermaine Husser, Executive Director of Lowcountry Food Bank.  "Bank of America's philanthropic leadership in the business community is inspiring.  Their generous donation and volunteer commitment will help feed thousands of families impacted by food insecurity."

The volunteer event coincides with the launch of the newly established "Gift for Opportunity" fund, a nationwide program that extends the combined charitable giving of customers through a corporate match.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is contributing $1 million to support Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief organization, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, whose network of 4,000 clubs provide a safe place for children to obtain healthy meals.

In addition to its own contribution, the Foundation will match every donation made to the "Gift for Opportunity" fund through Jan. 15, 2011 up to a maximum additional contribution of $1 million, extending the impact of customer and associate donations made to help address the growing demand for food assistance in both large and small communities during a critical time of the year.