• Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

Customers, employees tackle food insecurity one community at a time through Fifth Third Day XXXI initiative

Danielle Jones, Fifth Third Media Relations

LaToya Evans, LEPR Agency

Fifth Third Bancorp’s more than 19,000 employees celebrated Fifth Third Day by helping to provide 5.3 million meals in May to people facing food insecurity. The meals will be donated to various hunger relief organizations across the Bank’s 11-state retail footprint in honor of the companywide community celebration on May 3. The Bank recognizes that date, 5/3 on the calendar, as Fifth Third Day.

“Fifth Third Day is a special time for us to acknowledge the contributions of our employees, thank our customers and give back to our communities,” said Greg Carmichael, Fifth Third’s chairman and CEO. “For several years now, we’ve dedicated our Fifth Third Day efforts to fight hunger, and are proud of our commitment to be part of the solution to food insecurity.”

In front of the Fifth Third Center stands Kala Gibson, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, Fifth Third; Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, Cincinnati Vice Mayor; Kurt Rieber, CEO, Freestore Foodbank; and Time Spence, President, Fifth Third Bank. Photos provided

The Bank has celebrated Fifth Third Day since 1991, and since 2012 the Bank and its employees have worked toward a common goal to fight hunger. This year’s theme is tackling food insecurity one community at a time. The goal is to help provide 5.3 million meals— of those,1.5 million meals will go directly to Feeding America, and the remaining meals will be provided to local hunger relief organizations throughout the Banks footprint. Customers also will have an opportunity to support hunger relief by purchasing $1 shields at all Fifth Third locations. $1 helps to provide at least ten meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.    

“Fifth Third Day is an important opportunity for all of us to honor our legacy of service by actively volunteering for those in need,” said Tim Spence, president of Fifth Third Bancorp. By serving, we demonstrate and live our core values, and contribute to build stronger communities for all.”

For the last four years, Fifth Third has collaborated with Feeding America and member food banks to serve communities. The organization estimates at least 60 million people turned to food banks, food pantries and other private food assistance programs in 2020 during the health and economic crisis. Amid record unemployment and instability, the Feeding America network has continued to provide food for families across the country.

The Fifth Third Center was full of Fifth Third employees helping to provide over five million meals to aid in food insecurity relief.

“Hunger is an issue that impacts every community in the United States. Feeding America is grateful to Fifth Third for helping to provide more meals to our neighbors who need it most,” said Lauren Biedron, vice president of corporate partnerships at Feeding America. “Large-scale initiatives such as Fifth Third Day help ensure that every person facing hunger in the U.S. has an equitable opportunity to achieve food security.”

“Engaging in volunteerism activities on Fifth Third Day gives our employees opportunities to provide food to families in need,” said Melissa Stevens, executive vice president, head of digital and marketing, and Fifth Third Day corporate champion. “I’m excited to see our company involved in efforts that are changing lives one person and one organization at a time.”