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CIT Jacksonville Employees Collect Nearly 22 Tons of Food and Personal Items For Local Organizations
Nearly 160 Tons of Food Collected Over 10 Years
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 08:30 AM
The assistance CIT has given to folks in need in Northeast Florida is tremendous and life changing

JACKSONVILLE, FL - CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a leading provider of commercial lending and leasing services, today announced that employees from its Jacksonville office collected nearly 22 tons (43,519 pounds) of food and personal items during its 10th Annual  Employee Food Drive, part of its Shared Harvest global food drive program.

“In the 10 years we have conducted the food drive, I am amazed by the generosity of spirit our CIT employees put forth to help those in our community,” said Nick Small, Managing Director of CIT Equipment Finance, U.S. “The passion they have for providing a meal to our fellow neighbors in Jacksonville or to help a physically challenged child is inspiring.”

Over the past 10 years, the CIT Jacksonville Annual Food Drive has collected and donated nearly 160 tons (319,136 pounds) of food and toiletry items for local area charities. The goods collected this year will be donated to the following organizations and is expected to provide approximately 36,000 meals to families in the Jacksonville area: 

  • City Rescue Mission (CRM), which provides help to the homeless and needy inJacksonville andNortheast Florida;
  • Sulzbacher Center, which provides comprehensive services, including street outreach, daily meals, safe shelter, case management support, job placement assistance, medical, dental, and mental health care to the homeless in Jacksonville; and
  • 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.

“The assistance CIT has given to folks in need in Northeast Florida is tremendous and life changing,” said Penny Kievet, Executive Director at City Rescue Mission. “The items collected during CIT’s annual food drive are what are needed to sustain strength, which, in turn, allows for the stamina to get and keep a job.  That’s the outcome…lives change because of this kindness and giving back to those in need.”

Cindy Funkhouser, President and CEO of the Sulzbacher Center added, “Thank you CIT for giving our meal program such a generous hand up. Last year, we served over 500,000 meals to our residents and anyone who came to our door hungry. Quite often, one nutritious meal served with welcoming hospitality is the first courageous step a homeless or hurting person takes toward receiving the help they need to restore their life. We are grateful for CIT’s helping hand.” 

“Our thanks go out to CIT employees for the heart and effort they put into making a difference throughout the city of Jacksonville,” said Tanya Rhodes, Executive Director of Advancement at The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind."

As part of CIT’s Shared Harvest global food drive program, CIT offices around the world including Livingston, NJ; Atlanta, GA; and Jacksonville, FL have collected an additional 66.2 tons of food for local area non-profits this year.

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About City Rescue Mission
City Rescue Mission (CRM) is a non-profit, faith-based organization in downtown Jacksonvillethat has provided help to the homeless and needy in Jacksonvilleand Northeast Floridasince 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.

About Sulzbacher Center
The SulzbacherCenteris 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 SulzbacherCenteralso 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 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 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 principally to middle market companies across more than 30 industries primarily in North America, and equipment financing and leasing solutions to the transportation industry worldwide. Its U.S. commercial bank subsidiary, CIT Bank (Member FDIC), offers a variety of savings options designed to help customers achieve their financial goals.

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