Woodforest Charitable Foundation donates $1,360 to Foodlink, Inc

Foodlink, Inc. Receives $1,360 Donation

Photo Caption:Woodforest Branch Managers from across the state joined John Baldanza, Food Sourcing Manager of Foodlink, Inc.; Danny Mata, WNB Regional Vice President; and Kim Marling, Executive Director/Vice President of Woodforest Charitable Foundation.

ROCHESTER, NY – Woodforest Charitable Foundation donates $1,360 to Foodlink, Inc. in support of their childhood hunger-relief programs.

Many children in Foodlink’s service area are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.  But when school is closed during weekends and holidays many of those children go hungry.  In response, Foodlink established its Kids Café and BackPack Programs in effort to eliminate childhood hunger in central and western New York.

The BackPack Program targets elementary school children in areas where there are high percentages of eligibility and children at risk of chronic hunger.  Each child receives a weekly backpack filled with child-friendly, easy to prepare non-perishable food on Fridays to take home for the weekend.  The Kids Café Program was established to provide healthy meals for children in a safe after school environment.  Foodlink provides meals to 1,500 children every weekday during the school year at 35 Kids Café sites.  Kids Café programs also offer a safe place, where under the supervision of trustworthy staff, a child can get involved in educational, recreational and social activities that draw on existing community programs and often include family members.

“Woodforest National Bank and the Woodforest Charitable Foundation are pleased to support Foodlink’s efforts in alleviating childhood hunger,” stated Kim Marling, Executive Director/Vice President of Woodforest Charitable Foundation.  “Both the Bank and the Foundation share a deep concern for the needs in our communities.  We challenge others to join us in our efforts to end hunger.”

Foodlink is the Feeding America regional food bank, which rescues and redistributes over 11 million pounds of food annually to a network of 450 member agencies in a 10-county area.

For more information about Foodlink, Inc., please call (585) 328-3380 or visit

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves.  The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c)(3) charities.  For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the Foundation’s website at

Celebrating 30 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion and services more than 850,000 customers with branches in excess of 750 throughout seventeen states:  Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at