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RBC Bank Tornado Relief Caravan Delivers more than 26,000 Pounds of Food



RBC Bank regional president Scott Stafford and regional team finish unloading supplies at Food Bank.

Three-Day Drive Across Alabama Provides Assistance to Local Nonprofits and Families


Raleigh, N.C. - June 6, 2011 – In response to the devastating tornadoes of April 27 and 28 in Alabama, RBC Bank’s 80-plus offices across the state hosted a food drive that culminated this week with the delivery of more than 26,000 pounds of food to Alabama Food Bank Association sites. In addition, the bank donated more than 400 “kitchens in a box” – a box full of kitchen supplies identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be most needed – to help stock FEMA trailers and homes in need.

RBC Bank’s tornado relief caravan made stops in Baldwin County, Mobile, Montgomery, Opelika, Huntsville, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa June 6, 7 and 8. The cross-state caravan by bank executives and employees is the second multi-day driving and food delivery campaign for the bank. RBC Bank conducted a food drive and collection caravan last summer in response to the Gulf Oil spill.

“The tornadoes that hit Alabama have made a devastating impact on our communities. We are so thankful that all of our employees survived the storm, but we know that the damage incurred will have a lasting effect on our colleagues, clients and neighbors,” said Scott Stafford, regional president, RBC Bank. “At RBC Bank, we have a long-standing tradition of responding to neighbors in need, in both good and bad times. In keeping with this tradition, we are glad to offer recovery assistance to our employees, customers and communities affected by this storm.”

In addition to the kitchen supplies for 400 families it has donated, RBC Bank’s multi-part response to help Alabama communities in the storm’s path also has included donations of more than $42,000 to Alabama nonprofits to assist in clean-up and restoration efforts. Additional RBC Bank storm recovery efforts include hundreds of employees volunteering their time and money. Recently 30 RBC Bank employees staffed the phone lines for United Way’s telethon in Birmingham.

About RBC Bank

RBC Bank, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., offers a wide range of financial services and advice to individuals, businesses and public institutions throughout the Southeast. RBC Bank’s network includes more than 420 full-service banking centers in six states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia), an extensive ATM network and telephone and online banking. RBC Bank is the 40th largest U.S. bank by consolidated assets, according to SNL Financial’s List of the Nation’s 50 Largest Banks, September 2010. RBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) (RY on the TSX and NYSE), Canada's largest and most stable bank as measured by assets and market capitalization. For ten consecutive years, RBC has been named to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. RBC has been listed as one of the most sustainable large corporations in the world for six years in a row, according to the annual ranking by Corporate Knights. And, in February of this year, RBC was ranked 31st in The World's Most Respected Companies by Barron's, and third among financial institutions. More information about RBC Bank may be found at