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Charter One becomes Lead Corporate Supporter of Greater Chicago Food Depository's Mobile Programs

Bank’s Making Music Matter initiative leverages concerts to fight hunger

CHICAGO (June 3, 2010) - Charter One announced today that it will become the Lead Corporate Supporter of the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s Mobile Programs through a $100,000 donation by the Charter One Foundation. This commitment launches Charter One’s summer-long Making Music Matter initiative at the Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island. Along Chicago’s lakefront since 2005, the Charter One Pavilion is a 7,500-seat outdoor concert amphitheatre hosting a lineup of world-class musicians.

The bank’s support of the Mobile Programs ensures the timely delivery of meals in communities that might not otherwise have access to food resources. With unprecedented levels of need for food assistance, Making Music Matter is sure to make a direct impact in the fight against hunger, which affects 678,000 area residents.

“Charter One’s signature local community initiative, Making Music Matter, was created in 2006 to leverage our sponsorship of the Charter One Pavilion for the benefit of the communities where we live and work. This summer, we are proud to partner with the Greater Chicago Food Depository for the second consecutive season,” said Scott C. Swanson, President, Charter One, Illinois. “We’re asking everyone to join us in these important efforts to alleviate hunger in our communities.”

Charter One employees and Food Depository volunteers will partner to raise additional awareness and funds for the Mobile Programs throughout the concert season at the Charter One Pavilion. Attendees can look forward to visiting an interactive tent with information on the Food Depository and the opportunity to have fun while making a contribution. Donations are also accepted at more than 100 Charter One branch locations throughout Chicagoland. 

The Food Depository’s Mobile Programs include Producemobiles delivering fresh fruits and vegetables daily; Mobile Pantries bringing food to communities without a permanent food pantry; and Food Rescue, which collects unused food from retailers, grocers, restaurants, hotels and trade shows for immediate delivery to those in need. With the support of Charter One and its Making Music Matter initiative, the Mobile Programs will deliver more than 13 million pounds of food this year.

“We are so grateful to Charter One for its longtime support of hunger-relief programs,” said Kate Maehr, executive director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “By deploying mobile responses, we can distribute more fresh fruit and vegetables and reach more communities in need of nutritious food. It's because of partners like Charter One that we are able to respond to the rising need.”

In addition to making donations at Charter One Pavilion concerts and in Charter One’s bank branches, contributions may also be made online at www.chicagosfoodbank.org/charteronemmm or by the convenience of mobile phone. The public can simply text SUPPORT to 90999 to give $5 to the cause and reply YES when prompted to confirm the donation.

Supporters can also join the cause by following the summer-long initiative on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CharterOneMMM or becoming a fan of Charter One Making Music Matter on Facebook.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Charter One’s Making Music Matter initiative has helped raise funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of Chicago’s neediest. Since its inception in 2006, Making Music Matter has helped generate more than $600,000 for charitable and nonprofit organizations throughout the Chicago area.

Making Music Matter launches in conjunction with the Styx and Foreigner concert on June 5 and continues at every Charter One Pavilion concert throughout the 2010 season. The Making Music Matter concerts at the Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island include:

• Styx and Foreigner, June 5
• 311 and The Offspring, June 29
• Rush, July 5
• Rush, July 7
• O.A.R., July 9
• O.A.R., July 10
• Sublime with Rome, July 13
• Chicago and The Doobie Brothers, July 16
• Chicago and The Doobie Brothers, July 17
• REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar, July 18
• Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot, July 20
• Shinedown, Chevelle and Sevendust, August 11
• My Morning Jacket, August 17
• Paramore, August 18
• Alice in Chains and Deftones, September 16

Additional performances will be added throughout the summer season.

About Charter One

Charter One is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. It has approximately 370 branches and 600 ATMs. It has 111 branches and 311 ATMs in Illinois.

RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $144 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). 
About the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 58 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 119,000 meals every day. The Food Depository’s programs and services for children, older adults and the unemployed and underemployed address the root causes of hunger. For more information, log onto www.chicagosfoodbank.org or call 773-247-FOOD.

More about Text Donation

A one-time donation charge of $5 will be added to the donator’s mobile phone bill. Standard messaging rates and additional fees may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to the mobile service provider. Proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and are collected by MGF. Service is available on most carriers. Donators can unsubscribe to avoid receiving future messages at any time by texting STOP to 90999. For full terms visit http://www.mgive.com/a.