Paragon National Bank collected $14,500 and 1,400 pounds of food for the Mid-South Food Bank during the 6th Annual Mid-South Food Bank Student Food Drive. The bank accepted donations from customers, employees and the general public at its Fountain Place, Grove Park, Paragon Place and Saddle Creek banking centers throughout November.
“We’re thrilled by the response from our customers, employees and members of our community, who collectively helped us raise enough money to provide more than 44,000 meals to families served by the Mid-South Food Bank,” said Robert Shaw, CEO of Paragon National Bank.
Mid-South Food Bank’s buying power coupled with its access to donated food items enables the nonprofit organization to generate three healthful meals for every dollar donated. Paragon’s combination of donated food items and monetary contribution will enable the food bank to give 44,463 meals to local families in need.
In December, Shaw and Mike Edwards, President and COO of Paragon, were joined by several team members to present a check and food donations during the Action News 5 Holiday Food Drive at the Kroger in Germantown.
“Paragon National Bank’s commitment to this food drive continues to be instrumental in its success,” said Mid-South Food Bank President and CEO Estella Mayhue-Greer. “Both the bank employees and customers’ response to it makes a tremendous difference in feeding families across 31 counties.”
The Student Food Drive is a food drive conducted by Mid-South area high school students to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank. In addition to collecting food for those in need, the drive promotes volunteerism and community involvement, and gives students the opportunity to set a “real life” example of how to get things done through teamwork. The food goes to the Mid-South Food Bank for distribution to its member agencies throughout the area, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth programs, rehabilitation and residential centers, senior programs, daycares and schools.