United Bank is kicking off a two-week food drive to assist needy families across its Southwest Alabama and NorthwestFlorida footprint.
The bank’s second-annual United We Can food drive will offer employees, customers and local residents the opportunity to donate canned and boxed goods at United Bank branches through Nov. 16. The collected items will be distributed by the Bay Area Food Bank to help fight hunger as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

“When you’re concerned about how to feed your family, issue such as managing your finances seem insignificant,” said Bob Jones, President and CEO of United Bank and Bay Area Food Bank Board Member. “As a community bank, United understands that when we help meet even the most basic needs, we give families the chance at a better tomorrow for parents and their children.”
Donations for United We Can will be accepted at specially designated areas in each bank branch. As part of the food drive, the bank is asking donors to focus on items that can be used for Thanksgiving such as boxed stuffing, canned corn, green beans and rice; however, all items will be appreciated.

|In 2011, the bank’s efforts led to more than 1,500 pounds of food collected. Through the Bay Area Food bank’s distribution network and partnerships in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, donors can be certain items they give will help families in their local areas. In United’s Atmore market, donations will specifically benefit Atmore Area Christian Care Ministries, a Bay Area Food Bank partner.
United Bank has Santa Rosa County branches in Jay, Milton and Pace.