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CIT Collects Nearly 19 Tons of Food During 7th Annual Employee Food Drive
Seven Year Collection Total Surpasses 175,000 Pounds of Food Distributed to Area Charities
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 08:30 AM
CIT Employees Donate Nearly 38,000 lbs of Food to Local Jacksonville Organizations (Photo: Business Wire)
We’re extremely pleased with the overwhelming success of this year’s event, which will benefit several area non-profit organizations as they look to improve the lives of others. The continued generosity of our employees is a testament to how each of us can make an impact on our community.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT) cit.com, a leading provider of financing to small businesses and middle market companies, today announced that its Jacksonville-area employees collected nearly 19 tons (37,800 pounds) of food during its 7th Annual Employee Food Drive, bringing its seven year total to more than 87.5 tons (175,000 pounds) collected.

“The success of our annual food drive highlights the important role community service plays in the lives of our Jacksonville employees,” said Nick Small, Managing Director of CIT Vendor Finance, U.S. “We’re extremely pleased with the overwhelming success of this year’s event, which will benefit several area non-profit organizations as they look to improve the lives of others. The continued generosity of our employees is a testament to how each of us can make an impact on our community.”

CIT employees collected food and toiletry items for several area organizations including: City Rescue Mission (CRM), which provides help to the homeless and needy in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida; theSulzbacher Center, which provides comprehensive services street outreach, daily meals, safe shelter, case management support, job placement assistance, medical, dental, and mental health care to the homeless in Jacksonville; the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, a state public school located in St. Augustine that is available at no cost to individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing, or blind/visually impaired, and theMandarin Food Bank, which provides emergency food and clothing to those in need in the Mandarin community in Jacksonville.

“We are honored, once more, to receive such an incredible donation,” said David Bugher, executive director at City Rescue Mission. “The employees at CIT continue to go above and beyond each year with their kind contributions. We are extremely overjoyed to receive such great support from such an extraordinary team of people.”

Cindy Funkhouser, President and CEO of the Sulzbacher Center added, “We’re also grateful to CIT for their generous donation to our kitchen. The need is overwhelming and this food could not have come at a better time.”

Cindy Brueckner, Volunteer Coordinator at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSBD), added, “We would like to thank CIT and its employees for their efforts to collect toiletries for our boarding students who reside on our campus Monday through Friday during the academic year. Over 70% of our students come from low-income families and receive some form of government assistance, and although we receive state funding for the educational needs of our students their personal hygiene needs are not funded. The students, staff and Board of Trustees at FSDB are grateful to be part of CIT's 7th Annual Employee Food Drive."

Bonnie McNulty from the Mandarin Food Bank added, “Our staff is very excited to be recipients of a portion of the items CIT collected and distributed during their annual food drive. We are very grateful for the commitment CIT has made to the community. On behalf of those we serve, thank you from the bottom of our heart.”

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About City Rescue Mission

City Rescue Mission (CRM) is a non-profit, faith-based organization in downtown Jacksonville that has provided help to the homeless and needy in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida since 1946. In addition to providing emergency services for the homeless, they offer life-changing programs like the New Day Workforce and LifeBuilders, which help people get off the streets and back on their feet. CRM serves around 280,000 meals a year and provided over 100,000 nights of shelter in 2008.crmjax.org

About Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school located in St. Augustine, FL dedicated to serving the educational needs of students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or dual sensory impaired from across the State of Florida. Serving 600 students on campus and another 250 in the Parent Infant Program, eligible pre-K through 12th grade students receive tuition free education. Founded in 1885, FSDB focuses on not only academics, but also independent living skills, transition to college, workforce development skills, on the job training, orientation and mobility and much more. fsdb.k12.fl.us

About Mandarin Food Bank

The mission of the Mandarin Food Bank at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is to provide emergency food and clothing to those in need in the Mandarin Community. They are a ministry run entirely by volunteers. Anyone residing in the Mandarin Community, regardless of religious affiliation, is eligible to be served. mandarinfoodbank.org

About Sulzbacher Center

The Sulzbacher Center is Northeast Florida’s only provider of comprehensive services for homeless men, women and children. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They serve nutritious meals and offer safe shelter. The Sulzbacher Center also provides outstanding health care and high-quality children’s programs. Its job placement assistance and life skills programs equip men and women for employment and for success. sulzbachercenter.org

About CIT Vendor Finance

CIT Vendor Finance is a leader in developing business solutions for small businesses and middle market companies for the acquisition of equipment and value-added services. It creates tailored equipment financing and leasing programs for manufacturers, distributors and product resellers across industries that are designed to help them increase sales. Through these programs, it provides equipment financing and value-added services, from invoicing to asset disposition, to meet its customers’ needs.cit.com/vendorfinance

About CIT      

Founded in 1908, CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a bank holding company with more than $34 billion in financing and leasing assets. A member of the Fortune 500, it provides financing and leasing capital to its more than one million small business and middle market clients and their customers across more than 30 industries. CIT maintains leadership positions in small business and middle market lending, factoringretail financeaerospaceequipment and rail leasing, and global vendor finance. CIT also operates CIT Bank (Member FDIC), BankOnCIT.com, its primary bank subsidiary, which offers a suite of online savings options designed to help customers achieve a range of financial goals. cit.com

 

Contact:

CIT MEDIA RELATIONS:
C. Curtis Ritter, 973-740-5390
Director of Corporate Communications
Curt.Ritter@cit.com
or
Matt Klein, 973-597-2020
VP, Media Relations
Matt.Klein@cit.com
or
CITY RESCUE MISSION:
Evan Hampton, 904-421-5149
Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator
EHampton@crmjax.org
or
FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND:
Cindy Brueckner, 904-827-2327
Volunteer Coordinator
brueckner@fsdb.k12.fl.us
or
SULZBACHER CENTER:
Allison Vega, 904-394-8082
Public Relations and Marketing Manager
AllisonVega@tscjax.org
or
MANDARIN FOOD BANK:
Bonnie McNulty, 904-292-1675
stjoseph5422@bellsouth.net