CINCINNATI, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vantiv, Inc. (NYSE: VNTV), a leading provider of payment processing services and related technology solutions for merchants and financial institutions of all sizes, today announced its employee support for the Blessings in a Backpack program benefiting Symmes Elementary school. The Blessing in a Backpack program assists children in need by ensuring that no school child goes hungry during the weekend. Through the program, as little as $80 dollars can help feed a child on non-school days for an entire 38 week school year.
"This is a great way to give back to our community," said Charles Drucker, President and CEO at Vantiv. "As a company, one of our core values is 'doing the right thing'. We are committed to supporting the communities in which we work and live. This year, one of our team member groups – the Vantiv Women's Business Network – has chosen to support a program that ensures our children are properly nourished to better succeed while at school."
Blessing in a Backpack is Feeding the Future of America by ensuring school children can focus on their studies rather than worrying about where they will get their next meal. Each Friday, the Blessing in a Backpack program sends children home with food that ensures they are fed during the weekend. Research has shown that children who are properly nourished perform better at school. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program. Nearly 62,000 children in 437 schools in 42 states and 3 countries are currently being fed by Blessings in a Backpack.
"It's been a pleasure to work with the Vantiv Women's Business Network on this program," said Anne Van Kirk, principal at Symmes Elementary School. "Every student deserves an equal chance for success, and ensuring each child is correctly nourished so that he or she can learn effectively is critical. That's why we appreciate the willingness of Vantiv to support our school children, Sycamore Schools, and the Symmes Township community."
The Vantiv Women's Business Network has already provided more than $8,000 in donations to the program and more than 20 volunteers are actively involved in its logistics efforts.
During 2012, Vantiv employees supported a variety of outreach initiatives such as packing emergency supplies for flood and hurricane victims. Vantiv is an active member of the United Way Campaign and the Greater Cincinnati ArtsWave program. In 2010, Vantiv implemented a Community Service program where employees are encouraged to give back and support the communities in which they live, work and do business. Full-time employees are given up to eight hours of normal work time each year to participate in a community service activity of their personal choice. To date, employees in 2012 have given more than 1,300 hours to individual activities in their local communities, including schools and parishes.
Vantiv Corporate Headquarters is located in Symmes Township, Ohio.
To learn more about the Blessings in a Backpack program, please visit blessingsinabackpack.org. For more information about Vantiv, visit us at vantiv.com, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+.
About Vantiv, Inc. Vantiv, Inc. (NYSE: VNTV) is a leading, integrated payment processor differentiated by a single, proprietary technology platform. Vantiv offers a comprehensive suite of traditional and innovative payment processing and technology solutions to merchants and financial institutions of all sizes in the U.S., enabling them to address their payment processing needs through a single provider. We build strong relationships with our customers, helping them become more efficient, more secure and more successful. Vantiv is the third largest merchant acquirer and the largest PIN debit acquirer based on number of transactions in the U.S. The company's growth strategy includes expanding further into high growth payment segments, such as prepaid, ecommerce, mobile and information solutions, and attractive industry verticals, such as business-to-business, government, healthcare and education. For more information, visit www.vantiv.com.
About Blessings in a Backpack Blessings in a Backpack, People Magazines Charity of 2012, is a results-oriented program that is designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federally funded National School Lunch Program and have little or no food on the weekends. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program. Just $80 feeds one American school child in our program for an entire 38-week school year. Blessings in a Backpack is currently feeding over 61,000 children in over 437 schools across 42 U.S. states and three countries (see all at www.blessingsinabackpack.org/programlocations). We are Feeding the Future of America® – one school at a time
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