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Thursday, March 11, 2010 01:02 am

BANKING ON HEALTHY SNACKS

It’s not often that one bank donates to another bank, but these aren’t your typical banks. Employees at Illinois National Bank in Springfield are holding a healthy snack food drive for the Central Illinois Foodbank’s Kids Café program, which provides nutritious meals to children from low-income homes during the school year. When Kids’ Café closes March 26 for spring break, INB employees will be there to offer healthy snacks instead.

INB is a locally-owned bank recognized for philanthropy in the past, and INB marketing director Lisa Ellis says the bank’s employees got fired up during national Random Acts of Kindness Week, Feb. 15-21.

“Because so many of our employees are involved with nonprofit organizations, our conversations very quickly turned away from doing something ‘random’ and toward intentionally filling a need,” Ellis says. “Our employees are so enthusiastic about this program and want other businesses and individuals alike to understand that our efforts can make a real difference.”

To donate, stop by one of INB’s 10 branches in Sangamon County with any of the following items: peanut butter, jelly, Easy Mac (macaroni & cheese), granola bars, beef or turkey jerky, 100% fruit juice, fruit snacks made with 100% fruit, multi-grain crackers, pretzels, 100 calorie snacks, teddy grahams, dried fruits (like raisins), apple sauce or fruit cups. All items should be individually-packaged.

For more information, call Lisa Ellis at 217-747-5567 or lellis@illinoisnationalbank.com.
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