Bank donates $175K to COVID-19 relief

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Feeding America West Michigan will get part of a $175,000 donation from the Fifth Third Bank Foundation. Courtesy Feeding America West Michigan

The Fifth Third Bank Foundation is deploying $175,000 in relief funds that will benefit three West Michigan organizations.

The funds will go toward meeting the immediate needs of Feeding America West Michigan, Greater Lansing Food Bank, South Michigan Food Bank, Cherry Health and Mel Trotter Ministries.

“Everyone has felt the impact of this pandemic in one way or another, but we’re especially concerned about the most vulnerable members of our community who may be disproportionately affected,” said Tom Welch, West Michigan region president of Fifth Third Bank. “We want to reach as many people as possible as we focus on strengthening families and building a stronger community right now.”

The funds will be used in the following areas:

  • Feeding America West Michigan, Greater Lansing Food Bank and South Michigan Food Bank will provide more than 425,000 meals through their networks of more than 1,085 hunger-relief agencies.
  • Cherry Health will continue to offer patients access to comprehensive health care, including connecting thousands across their seven-county service area to testing and treatment, counseling and psychiatry, plus helping people facing unemployment to transition to new aspects of health care.
  • Mel Trotter plans to use the funds to support increased operating costs, including the hiring of six employees from closed restaurants to operate their kitchen due to the volunteer shortage.

“Cherry Health is encouraged by this leadership gift from Fifth Third Bank Foundation. With these funds, our team can offer our patients access to comprehensive health care for which we are known,” said Tasha Blackmon, CEO of Cherry Health. “This generous financial support was put to work immediately.”

The donations to the five Michigan organizations are part of an $8.75 million commitment that is being funded by the Fifth Third Foundation and the Fifth Third Chicagoland Foundation, announced on March 20.

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