Friendly Competition Fuels CU Companies' Growth in Food Drive Donations

New Brighton, Minn (December 2, 2016) – CU Companies set a new record for its annual food drive. On Dec. 1, staff loaded some 17,119 items – weighing 3,885 pounds – onto trucks bound for the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf in New Brighton, Minn. In 2015, CU Companies gathered 13,192 items, or 3,290 pounds, for the food shelf. That's up considerably from five years ago when CU Companies delivered 2,679 items.

CU Companies has made competition in community support a staple of its annual food drive. Each year, it competes with other CUSOs (Credit Union Service Organizations) to collect the most food donations in support of local food shelves. This year, CU Companies, based in Minnesota, competed against Texas-based CU Alliance. For six weeks, employees brought in food donations. The competition was fierce and the stakes – the loser buys the winner's staff a pizza lunch – were high.

Combined, the two CUSOs donated some 21,919 items to local food shelves. The items collected by CU Alliance were donated to Cy Hope, located in the Houston metro area.

CU Companies CEO Brad Crandall applauded the efforts of the participating CUSOs. "Each year we enjoy the friendly competition with our fellow CUSOs, but knowing how many families are impacted with the donations collected is what makes me so proud to be a part of a wonderful organization," Crandall said.

CU Companies has held its annual food drive since 2005.

About the CUSOs Companies: CU Alliance is the holding company for Credit Union Acceptance Company, LLC, Member Home Loan, CU Alliance Marketing, Member Auto Center and Member Auto Sales. CU Alliance is located in Houston, TX, and was established in 1998. It is a comprehensive provider of indirect lending, mortgage lending, car sales and car buying programs. CU Alliance services 150 credit unions in eight states.

CU Companies was created in 1987 by three Minnesota credit unions looking to create economies of scale and offer a competitive mortgage product to their members. Their corporate office is located in New Brighton, MN. CU Companies is now owned by more

than 60 credit unions and services over 150 financial institutions throughout the nation. Since 1987, its expanded business to five total units: Mortgage, Title, Realty, Investments and Commercial Lending. For more information, click to