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Employees of the $1.1 billion, Albuquerque, N.M.-based Sandia Area Federal Credit Union celebrate the milestone of providing 593,477 meals to local families. In partnership with the food pantry Storehouse New Mexico, Sandia Area matched donations from the community for a total of $118,300 and collected food donations in branches, resulting in a total of 2,373 pounds of food along with the matched donations for the food pantry's annual FACE (Feeding Area Children Everyday) the Hunger Campaign. The credit union more than doubled its goal of raising $50,000, including $25,000 in pledged matches.

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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.