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Sumitomo Donates $26,000 to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia

November 16, 2011
Maryanne Bronson
Chesapeake, VA

Sumitomo Donates $26,000 to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia 

Chesapeake, Virginia, Thursday November 17, 2011

Since its inception in 1981, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia (FSEVA) has distributed more than 221 million pounds of food directly and through partner agencies 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 Thursday November 17, 2011 with special guests Delegate Lionell Spruill, Sr. and Alan P. Krasnoff, Mayor of Chesapeake in attendance, Ron Smith, Sumitomo CEO/President, and Jim Solomon, Sumitomo CFO, presented Karen Joyner, FSEVA CFO with a check in the amount of $26,000  “Thank you!” said Karen Joyner. “Sumitomo is one of our largest contributors and has supported the Foodbank since 2001, and over the past ten years, your donations have provided over 200,000 meals to the local community."

Sumitomo matches 50% of employees’ donations to FSEVA. This year, employees donated $12,678 and Sumitomo added $13,322 to this contribution, for a total of $26,000 (Last year, Sumitomo presented a check for $16,500).

From left to right: Jim Solomon, SMA CFO; Karen Joyner, FSEVA CFO; Debbie Mergi, FSEVA Community Events Manager; Mike Lulofs, SMA HR Director; Ron Smith, SMA CEO

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