Wachovia customers contribute 735 pounds of food

Published 7:40 pm Saturday, August 8, 2009

Bank-to-bank transfers aren’t unusual, but a recent one from Wachovia Bank to the Selma Area Food Bank, proved a little different.

From July 13-31, customers at Wachovia’s branches — the main banking center on Citizen’s Parkway and the downtown branch on Broad Street — were asked to bring donations of food when they did business.

The result of those deposits: 735 pounds collected, said Andy Stewart, market president of Wachovia.

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Additionally, the bank contributed $3,000 to the food bank, which resulted in the purchase of 38,235 pounds of foods for agencies to pick up, said J.D. Parks, executive director of the food bank.

“That’s unbelievable,” Parks said.

The area food bank gives out 110,000 pounds of food a month to area non-profits in its service area of Dallas, Perry, Wilcox and Marengo counties.

The bank’s donation was a regional initiative that recognized the economic conditions affecting Wachovia’s market area; a way of helping out the community, Stewart said.

“We are happy to do our part to help the people who need food in Selma,” he said. “Wachovia is committed to giving back to the communities where our customers live and work.”