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CIT Jacksonville Employees Collect More Than 25 Tons of Food
More Than 137 Tons of Food Collected Over 9 Years
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 08:30 AM
Year after year, CIT’s employees continue to impress us with their time, effort and donations.

JACKSONVILLE, FL — CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT),  a leading provider of commercial lending, leasing and advisory services, today announced that employees from its Jacksonville office collected more than 25 tons (50,073 pounds) of food and personal items during its 9th Annual  Employee Food Drive, and is expected to provide approximately 38,000 meals to local families as part of its Shared Harvest global food drive program.

“There’s a great need to support our Jacksonville area food banks and social service organizations as the issue of hunger is growing all the time,” said Nick Small, Managing Director of CIT Equipment Finance, U.S. “The overwhelming support for this food drive from our employees and from our surrounding communities allowed us to surpass last year’s total by nearly 700 pounds. The generosity of all those involved was tremendous as the need for donations is greater than it’s ever been, especially as we approach summer and kids are out of school and not provided lunches.”

United States Congressman Ander Crenshaw said, “Last year more than 3 million meals were served to Jacksonville’s hungry as more men, women and children are turning to shelters and food banks for help. I want to congratulate CIT employees for aiding the fight against hunger and food insecurity in our own backyard and for continuing to support our local area non-profits.”

Over the past nine years, the CIT Jacksonville Annual Employee Food Drive has collected and donated more than 137 tons (275,362 pounds) of food and toiletry items for local area charities. The goods collected this year will be donated to the following organizations:

  • City Rescue Mission, which provides help to the homeless and needy in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida
  • Sulzbacher Center, which provides comprehensive services, including street outreach, daily meals, safe shelter, case management support, job placement assistance and medical, dental and mental health care to the homeless in Jacksonville
  • 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
  • Mandarin Food Bank, which provides emergency food and clothing to those in need in the Mandarin community in Jacksonville

“We’re grateful to have the support of CIT,” said Penny Kievet, Executive Director at City Rescue Mission. “Year after year, CIT’s employees continue to impress us with their time, effort and donations.”

Cindy Funkhouser, President and CEO of the Sulzbacher Center, remarked, “It’s critical for organizations like ours to receive the support from civic-minded companies like CIT. We’re thankful to be a part of this drive and beneficiaries of CIT’s goodwill.”

“CIT and its employees play a vital role in the fabric of our communities,” said Tanya Rhodes, Executive Director of Advancement at The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.  “These donated goods are valued and essential to our student body.”

Bonnie McNulty, Co-Director of the Mandarin Food Bank, said, “CIT and its employees embody ‘action,’ and are proof that we all have the power to make an impact in the neighborhoods where we live and work.”

To date, CIT offices around the world have collected 66 tons of food for local area non-profits as part of CIT’s Shared Harvest global food drive program.

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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 such as 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 in 2008 provided over 100,000 nights of shelter. 

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 and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success. To visit the school or to enroll your child, contact 1-800-344-3732. 

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. 

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. 

About CIT
Founded in 1908, CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a financial holding company with more than $35 billion in financing and leasing assets. It provides financing, leasing and advisory services to its clients and their customers across more than 30 industries. CIT maintains leadership positions in middle market lendingfactoringretail and equipment finance, as well as aerospaceequipment and rail leasing. CIT’s U.S. bank subsidiary CIT Bank (Member FDIC),, offers a variety of savings options designed to help customers achieve their financial goals.


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