TAMPA, Fla. (9/18/15)--“How will you feed your wallet?” is a new “food truck”-style mobile banking unit unveiled Tuesday at Hillsborough Community College campuses by Tampa, Fla.-based Suncoast CU.
Modeled on food trucks often seen around college campuses, the unit is the first such design by a financial institution, said Suncoast CU. The vehicle serves up products and services to feed student’s minds and wallets, instead of their stomachs.
Students can use a service window to “order” from a “menu” of discussion topics. Each week Suncoast staff will feature a financial topic on the menu board and conduct discussions about that topic to promote financial literacy and help students save more with financial knowledge and money management skills.
Speakers and an outward-facing tv will help draw crowds to the unit, said Suncoast CU. Visitors who enter will have seating and can use the credit union’s iPads to manage their finances through Suncoast’s SunNet Online Banking system. They can access checking, savings, money market or loan accounts, credit cards and mortgages securely.
The unit also offers a full-service ATM for deposits, withdrawals, transfers and personal identification number (PIN) changes.
Suncoast unveiled the unit Tuesday at HCC’s Dale Mabry campus with games, food and music by a student disc jockey. Students entered a drawing to win free textbooks for a semester.
“College students are at a time in their lives when they are making financial decisions that could affect them forever,” said Gary Vien, Suncoast’s chief administrative officer. “Our goal is to educate and empower students so they are set up for financial success now and for years to come.
The unit will visit HCC’s SouthShore campus every Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the Dale Mabry campus the same hours on Tuesdays.
HCC and Suncoast CU have partnered for more than ten years. During that time, Suncoast has donated $241,000 to HCC in addition to investing in the food truck.