Dow Credit Union Donates $7,700 to Hidden Harvest
Dow Credit Union presented Hidden Harvest food bank with a check for $7,700 at the nonprofit’s headquarters on Oct. 27. In addition to the donation, representatives from the financial institution staffed their warehouse for much of the day.
As the sponsor of the Loons Wins program, the credit union pledged to contribute $100 to Hidden Harvest for each of the minor league team's victories during the 2023 season. This year proved to be a prolific one for the Loons, who amassed 77 wins and even advanced to the playoffs.
"I think it's great that Dow Credit Union supports the community in such a fun way," said Heather Fritz, Dow Credit Union’s training manager. "It makes everyone cheer on the Loons that much more."
Overseen by the Saginaw Community Foundation, Hidden Harvest has distributed more than 40 million pounds of food through hunger relief agencies since its inception in 1994. Hidden Harvest works with 180 agencies and more than 300 food donors to redistribute surplus food, currently averaging more than 208,000 pounds of food per month. The nonprofit operates as a food rescue program, specializing in prepared and perishable goods. These are often healthier options than nonperishables, though their distribution presents unique logistical challenges beyond the means of many other pantries.
Dow Credit Union has been proud to partner with the nonprofit for over a decade. They are also one of the main sponsors of Hidden Harvest’s Celebrating Good Tastes fundraiser every spring, for which they furnish live and silent auction items. Recently, Hidden Harvest inducted Dow Credit Union CFO Sanjay Ahluwalia as a member of its board of directors.
“We are grateful to partner with Hidden Harvest and the Loons in rescuing food and distributing it to those in need,” said Ahluwalia. “Hidden Harvest has a great mission and has done an excellent job in helping reduce food waste and hunger in the tri-county region."