Envision Credit Union Pledges to Support Local Food Bank

Staff Report From Valdosta CEO

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Envision Credit Union (Envision) announced that they are donating $10,000 to Second Harvest of South Georgia to assist the food bank in providing an estimated 88,000 additional meals across Envision’s member areas in Thomas, Grady, Mitchell, Brooks, and Decatur counties.  With the recent transition to virtual learning, many families whose children once relied on free meals at school are now faced with an unexpected food deficit. As a credit union founded by teachers, Envision has always maintained strong ties with the education community and is focusing on supporting students impacted during this time. As the demand for food and supplies continues to escalate, it is with the community's support that Second Harvest of South Georgia will be able to continue distributing food to students and their families in need.

“We recognize that many families already on a limited budget are now dealing with a challenging food shortage,” Kellie Merck, Georgia Community Development Manager at Envision Credit Union. “Envision has always supported our local communities and believes it’s important to do what we can to help those in need. Students and families are facing an unprecedented crisis and we encourage others to join us in supporting Second Harvest of South Georgia so they can continue serving the community during this critical time.”

Envision hopes their donation will inspire other local organizations and able individuals to step up and further support the food bank during this time of increased need. The credit union will give an initial $5,000 donation and then Second Harvest will promote a call to the public to meet a community goal of an additional $5,000, which Envision will match making a total of $15,000 raised for the food bank. This amount will provide more than 125,000 meals across the five counties. With thousands of individuals struggling, it’s not just students missing school meals, but also parents out of work and seniors who are stuck at home. As COVID-19 continues to impact the community, monetary donations will allow Second Harvest South Georgia to continue distributing food and necessary supplies to families in need.