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Story last updated at 5:43 PM on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Alaska USA members lend helping hands during annual food drive

ANCHORAGE – Alaska USA Federal Credit Union members made more than 4,200 deposits during the month of November. Not to their checking or savings accounts, but to support their local food banks.

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and the Alaska USA Foundation teamed up for the annual Cash for Cans fundraiser, collecting cash donations to benefit community food banks. Throughout the month, members generously gave to the Cash for Cans drive at their neighborhood Alaska USA branches and donated more than $40,000 combined in Alaska, Washington and California.

Each Alaska donation benefits the following local food banks: Food Bank of Alaska in Anchorage, the Food Pantry of Wasilla, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, the Homer Community Food Pantry, the Kodiak Island Food Bank, the Fairbanks Community Food Bank, the Bethel Lions Club, the Southeast Alaska Food Bank and the Salvation Army in Ketchikan.

"This year's Cash for Cans drive exceeded our expectations as members stepped up to support food banks around the state," said Janell Adams, vice president of branch administration, Alaska Division.

"Many food banks have seen increases in demand during the last few years, which has made the need for funds even greater. As a community-minded organization, we're proud that Alaska USA can help meet the challenge by making it easy for members to donate when they come into their neighborhood branch."

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with $4.6 billion in assets and more than 435,000 members worldwide. The credit union operates 62 branches throughout Alaska, California, and Washington.