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On April 2, 2016, Fifth Third Bank kicked off its annual “Feeding our Communities” food drive with a goal of collecting enough non-perishable items to provide 100,000 meals throughout Florida, part of the Bank’s 1 million meal pledge across the state. The food drive will run through April 29, just in time to turn the food over to local food banks on May 3 (“Fifth Third Day”).

In Lakeland, for the third consecutive year, Fifth Third Bank is partnering with Agape Food Bank in our efforts to end hunger in Polk County.

“We believe that an ongoing investment in our community can make a meaningful impact,” said Brian Lamb, regional president of Fifth Third Bank (North Florida). “We’re proud to once again be working with a great organization like Agape Food Bank to help families and children in need throughout the Polk County area.”

Each year, Agape Food Bank distributes more than 9 million pounds of donated food, to an estimated 100,000 needy families and individuals through a network of nearly 200 soup kitchens, churches, senior centers and other not-for-profits.

Food collection bins are set up at all 159 Fifth Third banking centers throughout Florida. Bank employees and customers – as well as local businesses and community residents – are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items, such as canned fruits and meats, rice, boxed cereal and beans.

To donate, stop by your local Fifth Third banking center or visit www.53.com to find a location near you.