BATON ROUGE, La. (10/1/14)--Pelican State CU showed its support for both a local business and its community recently when it gave away $4,000 in free groceries to shoppers at a family-owned grocery store.
|Lindsey Richard, vice president of project management, Pelican State CU, carries a shopper's groceries to her car in reusable tote bags provided by the credit union. (Pelican State CU Photo)|
Starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 19, the first 200 shoppers to visit Carter's Supermarket in Denham Springs, La., received $20 in free groceries, courtesy of the $234 million-asset, Baton Rouge, La.-based credit union.
Pelican team members saw firsthand how far $20 goes in some households. Shoppers were overwhelmed with gratitude. Some even hugged team members as they left the supermarket.
"This means a lot to me; we need the food," said shopper Wanda Lee. Lee and many others who were in line before 9 a.m. said that waiting was worth it because $20 goes a long way if you're a savvy shopper.
Pelican partnered with Carter's, a locally owned and operated grocery store located a few miles from the credit union's Denham Springs branch.
In addition to the grocery giveaway, the credit union has given away more than $8,000 in money booths at festivals and grand openings, $4,000 in free gas and more than 700 snow cones.