Fifth Third Bank (Georgia) Launches Annual Strike Out Hunger! Food Drive; Local Baseball Teams Step Up to the Plate

Fifth Third Bank (Georgia) Launches Annual Strike Out Hunger!

Food Drive; Local Baseball Teams Step Up to the Plate


Local Bank Aims to Collect Enough Food Donations to Feed 5,300 Families

to Help Celebrate “Fifth Third Day”


ATLANTA – Today, Fifth Third Bank (Georgia) announced it is going to bat with three local baseball teams – the Augusta GreenJackets, the Gwinnett Braves and the Kennesaw State University Owls – to launch Strike Out Hunger! This community food drive will run from April 18 through May 3 (“Fifth Third Day” on 5/3) and is aimed at collecting enough products to feed 5,300 families in the Atlanta Metro area.


Members of the community are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items – such as canned fruits and meats, peanut butter and boxed cereal – to participating Fifth Third Bank financial centers. While supplies last, the bank will give baseball game tickets to those who make a contribution to the food drive, courtesy of this year’s generous partners.


“We believe that a continual investment in our community can make a meaningful impact. Each year, the bank recognizes its employees, customers and the communities it serves on the third day of the fifth month – or 5/3 on the calendar,” said Randy Koporc, president of Fifth Third Bank (Georgia). “We’re proud to be working with top-notch organizations like the Augusta GreenJackets, Gwinnett Braves, Kennesaw State University, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Golden Harvest Food Bank to help families and children in need throughout the Atlanta area.”


After the month-long food drive, the bank will deliver all food donations to the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Golden Harvest Food Bank, which will in turn feed thousands of families.


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“The need for food in our community continues to increase, and the donated items will directly help people here in our own backyards,” said Bill Bolling, Founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “Each year, we distribute more than 45 million pounds of food to help feed the food insecure through our network of more than 600 partner agencies throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia. We are humbled that Fifth Third Bank has once again focused on contributing to our efforts to fight hunger and provide hope.”


Food collection bins are set up at all 32 Fifth Third financial centers in the following counties: Columbia, Richmond, Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Walton, and Cobb. Location addresses are available at 53.com.


To take part in fighting hunger and receive game tickets, Atlanta-area residents can visit one of the following financial centers from April 18 through May 3:


Financial centers in Martinez and Augusta will provide tickets for:


·        Augusta GreenJackets vs. Greenville Drive

·        Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7 p.m.


Financial centers in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Roswell, and Norcross will provide tickets for:


·        Gwinnett Braves vs. Lehigh Valley Ironpigs

·        Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.


Financial centers in Kennesaw, Marietta, Roswell, Smyrna, Powder Springs and the Vinings Cobb location in Atlanta will provide tickets for:


·        Kennesaw State University Owls vs. North Florida Ospreys

·        Friday, May 16, 2014 at 6 p.m.


** Disclosure: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Offer available only at participating Fifth Third locations. Offer valid April 18, 2014 – May 3, 2014. Donations may be made during regular business hours. Limit one ticket per donated item with a maximum of four tickets per person. Offer good only while supplies last.


About Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Company has $130 billion in assets and operates 17 affiliates with 1,320 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,586 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 25% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2013, had $302 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.”  Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858.  Member FDIC.   


About the Augusta GreenJackets

2014 marks the 26th consecutive season of professional baseball in Augusta. All GreenJackets Ticket Plans, including Full, Half, Weekend, and Custom Plans are on sale now for the 2014 Season. For more information, including pricing and benefits, visit http://www.GreenJacketsBaseball.comor contact the GreenJackets Front Office at 706-736-7889.


About the Gwinnett Braves

The Gwinnett Braves are the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  Follow the G-Braves at GwinnettBraves.com, facebook.com/GwinnettBraves1 and twitter.com/GwinnettBraves. Tickets for all 2014 home games are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Ticket Office at 678-277-0340 or visiting GwinnettBraves.com.


About Kennesaw State University and Athletics

Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries. The University sponsors 18 intercollegiate athletic sports and competes at the NCAA Division I level. Seventeen Owls teams compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Football will play at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Series (FCS) level and compete as an associate member of the Big South Conference beginning in 2015. KSU has won a total of six national championships at the NAIA and NCAA Division II levels. Kennesaw State became an NCAA Division I member prior to the 2005-06 athletics season.


About the Atlanta Community Food Bank

The Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) began operating in 1979 from a small space at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. ACFB now distributes over 45 million pounds of food and grocery products each year from a 129,600 square-foot facility in N.W. Atlanta. The product is accessed by more than 600 partner nonprofits that provide food assistance to families and individuals in 29 counties across metro Atlanta and north Georgia. ACFB leads seven distinct projects that reinforce its mission to fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community: Atlanta Prosperity Campaign, Atlanta’s Table, Community Gardens, Hunger 101, Hunger Walk/Run, Kids In Need and Product Rescue Center.
ACFB is a member of Feeding America, the national network of more than 200 food banks. For more information on the Food Bank, visit www.acfb.organd for more information on Feeding America visit www.feedingamerica.org.


About the Golden Harvest Food Bank
Golden Harvest Food Bank is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization that provides quality food and other grocery products to those in need.  We do this with local community support through direct service programs, food pantries, and community education about hunger.  The Food Bank was founded in Augusta, Georgia, in 1982, and now operates from three distribution centers – Augusta, GA and Aiken and Liberty, SC.  Golden Harvest is a locally-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grocery products to the hungry through direct service programs and a network of more than 300 food pantries and soup kitchens.  Golden Harvest distributed more than 16.2 million pounds of grocery products to those in need in fiscal year 2013.

Golden Harvest Food Bank is a member of Feeding America.  For more information on how you can help eliminate hunger in our community, visit www.goldenharvest.org. You can also find Golden Harvest on Facebook and Twitter.

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