Linn Area Credit Union donates $4,000 to school pantries

Linn Area Credit Union has donated $4,000 to local school districts to help stock the school pantries with food and other necessities for area students and their families.

The $4,000 donation was divided between the Cedar Rapids Community School District; Linn-Mar Community School District; College Community School District; Marion Independent School District; Benton Community School District; Center Point-Urbana School District; and Central City Community Schools.

“This is a wonderful donation that will impact a lot of students,” said Emma Andeway, Homeless Services Specialist with the Culture and Climate Transformation Department of the Cedar Rapids Community School District. “We plan on dividing our funds up between all of our student food pantries in the district, which will give each pantry around $300.”

Originally founded as the Cedar Rapids Teachers’ Credit Union, Linn Area Credit Union supports local schools, students, and educators. The credit union manages the Teacher Store, a nonprofit organization that provides free classroom materials and supplies to area K-12 educators and their students.

“Linn Area Credit Union is a member-owned financial co-op, and we’re passionate about supporting organizations that help local families,” said Paula O’Rourke, president/CEO of Linn Area Credit Union. “There is a real need for food assistance. We hope that our donations bring attention to these school pantries, so that more people will contribute, if they are able.”