First Reliance Bank helps local food insecurity

A Carolina-based bank gathered its branch locations to help address the growing need for food assistance.

With over 10 branches across North and South Carolina, First Reliance Bank collected 3,449 pounds of non-perishable food through its “You Can Make A Difference” food bank drive.

“First Reliance has always been dedicated to making people’s lives better and we couldn't be more excited about the results of the ‘You Can Make A Difference’ food drive,” said Rick Saunders, chief executive officer and president of First Reliance Bank. “This collection will assist thousands of people in need and we have gathered together to provide a necessity for many people in this time of crisis.”

All food donations will be divvied up between Harvest Hope Food Bank, Mission Lexington, Lowcountry Food Bank, Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, Loaves and Fishes and Second Harvest Food Bank.

“Each team member and member of our community who participated should be proud of this campaign and know how much we appreciate you and your donation,” Saunders said.

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