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Volunteers assemble pantry packs to feed hungry kids in Utah and Idaho. The $15.6 billion, Riverdale, Utah-based America First Credit Union, the America First Charitable Foundation, Young Automotive Group in Layton, Utah and the non-profit Young Caring for Our Young recently teamed up to assemble 12,500 packs. Throughout April and May, America First and 24 Young Automotive Group locations in Utah and Idaho assembled 500 pantry packs each. The pantry packs – each of which contained six meals and four snacks and cost an average of $5 – were used by local schools and food services to sustain youth over a weekend in May.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.