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RBC Bank Sponsors Food Drive to Help Communities Hit by Hurricane Irene


Bank’s Disaster Relief Efforts Also Includes $17,500 in Donations, Client Assistance and Volunteer Recognition

Raleigh, N.C. - September 13, 2011 – During the month of September, RBC Bank is inviting neighbors, clients and employees to bring non-perishable food items to banking centers in North Carolina and Virginia. The goal of the bank’s food drive is to collect non-perishable items that will be delivered to local food banks to help people in North Carolina and Virginia communities hard-hit by Hurricane Irene.

  • In addition, the bank is making total contributions of $17,500 to the NC Disaster Relief Fund, the American Red Cross of the Albemarle (serving North Carolina and Virginia), and Interfaith Community Outreach (serving the Outer Banks);
  • Clients in FEMA disaster areas with concerns about payments should contact the RBC Bank Helpline (1-877-252-8226 Option #4) for assistance;
  • RBC Bank also is recognizing community volunteers, bank clients and employees instrumental in local hurricane recovery efforts and giving away 400 tickets to these individuals to attend one of two pre-season Carolina Hurricanes hockey games in September.

“Our neighbors are suffering and need help in the aftermath of this natural disaster. RBC Bank is stepping forward to help people who live in the communities where we do business. We are inviting others to join us by participating in this very important food drive and helping people that are hurting today in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene,” said Reggie Davis, president of RBC Bank. “By working together we can make this recovery easier and faster for hundreds of people in affected communities across these two states.”

September Food Drive - Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Non-perishable items to be collected at RBC Bank locations in North Carolina and Virginia include:

  • High-protein canned meals (pop-top cans)
  • Other single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat
  • Single serving snacks
  • Peanut butter

The food drive will benefit five food banks that serve 36 counties in Eastern North Carolina and five communities in Tidewater Virginia. RBC Bank operates a dozen banking centers in Tidewater Virginia communities damaged by the hurricane and 65 in Eastern North Carolina cities and towns that were seriously harmed by the storm’s wind and water.

The collected food items will be distributed by RBC Bank representatives in early October to:

  • Beach Food Pantry (Serving Dare County)
  • Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC (Serving 34 North Carolina Counties)
  • Food Bank of the Albemarle (Serving Perquimans County)
  • Food Bank of the Virginia Peninsula (Serving Newport News & Williamsburg)
  • Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia (Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk & Virginia Beach)

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