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Toledo Mud Hens and Cherry Street Mission collect food

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Bob LaClair, presidentand CEO of Fifth Third Bank and Joe Napoli, general manager of the Toledo MudHens, will announce that both organizations are joining forces to collect food during the Mud Hens home stand in support of the Cherry StreetMission Ministries.

Fifth Third chose the food drive as this year's nationalservice project in honor of Fifth Third Day which occurs annually on May 3. Forthe second year in a row, Fifth Third Day celebrations will be dedicated tofighting hunger across the Fifth Third Bank footprint.  Each of the 48 Fifth Third Bank locations inthe Toledo Region will also be focused on "Feeding Our Communities," bycollecting non-perishable food items in the banking centers.  The goal of Fifth Third is to provide atleast 155,000 meals throughout all the regions served in honor of Fifth Third's155th anniversary.

Fans attending the Mud Hens home games on Thursdaythrough Sunday of this week (May 2 - 5, 2013) are encouraged to bring non-perishablefood items to the ballpark. Boxes will be readily available at all entrancesand donations will remain in the local community.

In addition to the food drive with the Mud Hens and inall Fifth Third Banking Centers, Fifth Third employees will be volunteering inthe community as follows:

·        Distributing Food to Military Families at the Toledo Seagate Food Bank

·         StockingFood Pantry Shelves at the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank

·         Servinglunch to Cherry Street Mission Ministries Guests

·        Facilitating Financial Empowerment Education through Fifth Third YoungBankers Clubs in Four Area Schools -Birmingham Elementary, Sherman Elementary,Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls and Walbridge Elementary.

Suggested non-perishable food donations include:  Peanut butter, pancake mixes and syrup,canned fruits, pastas, canned vegetables, powdered milk, cereals, spaghettisauce, instant potatoes, soups, Jell-O and pudding.

For 65 years, Cherry Street Mission Ministries has servedthe homeless and poor.  Today, inaddition to meeting people's critical basic needs, Cherry Street empowers themto break the bonds of homelessness and poverty and build new lives forthemselves.

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