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FACES Foodbank Receives $31,770 In Support

FACES donation
VACU and the Hotel Weyanoke present a check for $31,770 to FACES on June 21. Bobby Eibar of FACES, Sara Justice of Virginia Credit Union and Chris Shockley, President/CEO of Virginia Credit Union, John Shideler of the Hotel Weyanoke and Guenter Loeser of FACES.

Farmville's FACES Foodbank has received a check for $31,770 to support recovery efforts following flash flood damage this Spring.

The generous donation comes from Virginia Credit Union, the Hotel Weyanoke, other local businesses and credit union members and employees.

Virginia Credit Union pledged up to $5,000 in matching contributions to reach the total. The Hotel Weyanoke pitched in $1,000. The final total was reached after Virginia Credit Union set up a fund to collect donations from members and employees at its branch at 100 Midtown Ave. in Farmville, through its telephone contact center, and at other branch locations in Richmond.

In addition to the cash contribution, more than 400 boxes of breakfast cereal have been collected and delivered to FACES, mostly from credit union employees. FACES supply of cereal was wiped out when flood waters entered the food pantry in May.

Sara Justice, a Virginia Credit Union employee from Farmville who coordinates the credit union’s community outreach committee, spearheaded the emergency effort to collect funds and food to help FACES back on its feet. 

“FACES and the people of Farmville have a special place in my heart,” said Sara. “I’m from Farmville and I’m so proud to be part of an organization that wants to do whatever we can to be of assistance.”

“This was such a shock to us, said Linda Satkowski, vice president of FACES food pantry. “We had so much food that was destroyed by this flood. We operate completely by volunteers and donations, so we need as much help as possible.” 

The Hotel Weyanoke
Built in 1925, the hotel has been many things to many people. She, the hotel, has been a place of shelter her entire life. She’s taken care of guests from all walks of life, most notably, Helen Keller. As a hotel she lived to be grand and offered meals and room and board. Those who cared for her over the years served her with pride. In the 1970’s the hotel shuttered and then began to house students attending Longwood University. Now, she once again stands proud as the finest hotel facility in Farmville. The Hotel Weyanoke is an experiential boutique hotel where you’ll Discover Inspiration on Every Corner.

A financial cooperative serving more than 265,000 members, Virginia Credit Union offers a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources, with a focus on helping people be more confident with their finances. Virginia Credit Union is an equal housing opportunity lender and is federally insured by NCUA. 

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