ONTARIO, Calif. (10/8/14)--Members at California credit unions have donated more than 37,000 meals to local food banks--the result of a partnership between the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues and MOGL, a restaurant rewards platform.
A total of 37,763 meals have been provided to local food banks, and California credit union members have spent more than $1.8 million eating at participating restaurants through the partnership between MOGL and the leagues, which recently marked its first anniversary.
Members from participating credit unions can earn up to 30% cash back by using their credit or debit cards when they eat out at a participating MOGL restaurant. If the transaction is more than $20, a meal is donated to a community food bank through Feeding America, a national network of food banks. Members can choose to donate some or all of their earned cash back to a local food bank.
Fifteen credit unions are participating in the program, which helps feed hungry families in local communities while strengthening credit unions' credit and debit card programs.
Tony Kitt, leagues senior vice president of strategic innovation and planning, said the leagues established the partnership with MOGL because it saw a strong alignment with its mission to fight hunger in the local communities and credit unions' philosophy of "people helping people."
"The program helps credit unions become more integrated in their communities while providing additional product value for their members," Kitt said. "The program uses merchant-funded rewards, allowing credit unions to provide additional benefits to their members at no additional cost, and can work in conjunction with a credit union's existing card reward program."
Erica Waetjen, vice president of marketing at Eagle Community CU, Lake Forest, said the program ties in with the $222 million-asset credit union's suport of Stamp Out Hunger, the food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and U.S. Postal Service.
"The number of meals donated to those in need, coupled with the amount of cash-back given to our users, has exceeded our expectations," said MOGL Vice President of Strategic Alliances Tracy Neumann.
MOGL is the largest restaurant rewards platform in California, with 1,500 restaurants enrolled. MOGL members have received more than $5 million in cash back, and its Meal for a Meal program has donated nearly 760,000 meals to Feeding America and its national network of food banks.