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Toledo Mud Hens and Cherry Street Mission collect food

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

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

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

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

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

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

·         Stocking Food Pantry Shelves at the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank

·         Serving lunch to Cherry Street Mission Ministries Guests

·         Facilitating Financial Empowerment Education through Fifth Third Young Bankers 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, spaghetti sauce, instant potatoes, soups, Jell-O and pudding.

For 65 years, Cherry Street Mission Ministries has served the homeless and poor.  Today, in addition to meeting people's critical basic needs, Cherry Street empowers them to break the bonds of homelessness and poverty and build new lives for themselves.

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