At Washington Federal, we were looking for some creative ways to give back to our communities this fall. We knew we wanted to help out ALL the areas that we're located in, not just a few states or neighborhoods. And we knew we needed to engage our clients and really make it a group effort. That's when it clicked, our clients could partner with us to give back to their local communities.
Here's where we need your help. We want to make a donation to the local food bank in your area. All you need to do is sign up for eStatements, or electronic statements. For every account that you switch to eStatements by November 30, we'll donate $1 to your local food bank. That's up to 2.5 million meals!
Food for 5 in 4 Minutes or Less
How? Statistics indicate that nationally, food banks can leverage a $1 donation to provide the equivalent of five meals. (Some food banks indicate they can feed up to 10 meals with $1!) According to Feeding America, an organization that provides a nationwide network of food banks, by taking monetary donations and combining it with other financial gifts, donated food programs and time that volunteers give, food banks are able to stretch that one dollar to the maximum.
How many Americans struggle with hunger?
A lot. According to the study "Hunger in America 2014" one in seven Americans, more than 46 million people, including 12 million children, rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. Here are some more key statistics from the report:
- 10 percent of food bank adult clients are students.
- In a typical month, nearly 2 million volunteers contribute more than 8.4 million hours of their time to help provide food through Feeding America network agency programs. That’s more than 100 million hours of donated labor across the Feeding America network over the course of a year.
- 20 percent of households served by the Feeding America network include someone who is a veteran or who has ever served in the U.S. Military.
- 79 percent of households surveyed report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if they knew it wasn’t the healthiest option, in an effort to provide enough food for their household.
- 66 percent of households report having to choose between paying for food and paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.
Signing up for eStatements
It's easy, make the switch in 4 minutes.
- Sign into Online Banking at washingtonfederal.com and click on "eStatements" at the top of the page.
- Select "Statement Preferences".
- Select an account using the drop down menu.
- Choose "Electronic Only", verify your email address,and review the eStatement information provided.