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Sumitomo Donates $30,000 to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia

November 18, 2012
Chesapeake, VA

Since its inception in 1981, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia (FSEVA) has distributed more than 197.5 million meals through partner agencies and programs within the community.  FSEVA works locally to provide solutions to hunger and certain consequences of poverty by collecting and distributing food, clothing, and related products to those in crisis.  For every $1 donation FSEVA receives, they can assemble and distribute up to $6 dollars worth of groceries.  Sumitomo is pleased to once again support the Foodbank’s efforts to help our neighbors.

On Friday November 16, 2012, with special guests from the Chesapeake Economic Development Staff and City Council in attendance, Mr. Ronald Smith, Sumitomo CEO and President, and Mr. Jim Solomon, Sumitomo Vice President and CFO, presented Karen Joyner, FSEVA CFO and Debbie Mergi, Community Events Manager with a check for the amount of $30,000. “Thank you,” said Karen Joyner, “we are so grateful for your continued generosity and support!  Last year your donation provided over 86,000 meals to the local community. This year you will provide over 90,000 meals.”

Just as they did last year, Sumitomo matched 100% of employees’ donations to FSEVA.  However, this year in addition to the fall donation drive, employees held fundraising during the spring and summer. These events, which included a pancake breakfast, hot dog lunch, ice cream sundae bar, car wash, and 50/50 raffles, raised $2,616 in addition to donations totaling $12,920 for the fall drive.  Sumitomo added $14,464 to this contribution in order to make the total donation $30,000 (Last year, Sumitomo donated $26,000).  “You understand that there is a constant need,” said Debbie Mergi. “We appreciate your commitment so much.”

Sumitomo presents FSEVA with $30,000 donation

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