First Reliance Bank Collects Over 3,400 Pounds of Food in “You Can Make A Difference” Food Bank Drive

During the month of May, First Reliance Bank held its “You Can Make A Difference” Food Bank Drive to assist those in need during the COVID-19 health crisis by restocking its local food banks. With the help from all bank employees and members of the community, First Reliance Bank collected over 3,449 pounds of non-perishable food items across all branch locations.

First Reliance Bank will donate the collected non-perishable food items to Harvest Hope Food Bank, Mission Lexington, Lowcountry Food Bank, Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, Loaves and Fishes, and Second Harvest Food Bank. The donations will provide meals for an estimated 2,874 individuals. This statistic was calculated based off of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) estimate of the average weight of a meal – 1.2 pounds.

“First Reliance has always been dedicated to making people’s lives better and we couldn't be more excited about the results of the You Can Make A Difference Food Drive,” explains Rick Saunders, CEO/President of First Reliance Bank. “This collection will assist thousands of people in need and we have gathered together to provide a necessity for many people in this time of crisis. Each team member and member of our community who participated should be proud of this campaign and know how much we appreciate you and your donation.”

Non-perishable food items will be dropped off at each food bank throughout the week. For media interested in covering the drop off or learning more about the “You Can Make A Difference” Food Bank Drive, photo and video opportunities are available upon request.


Founded in 1999, First Reliance Bancshares, Inc. (OTC: FSRL.OB), is based in Florence, South Carolina and has assets of approximately $661 million. The Company employs more than 140 professionals and has locations throughout South Carolina and central North Carolina. First Reliance has redefined community banking with a commitment to making customers lives better, its founding principle. Customers of the company have given it a 90% customer satisfaction rating well above the bank industry average of 81%. First Reliance is also one of three companies throughout South Carolina to receive the Best Places To Work in South Carolina award all 14 years since the program began. We believe that this recognition confirms that our associates are engaged and committed to our brand and the communities we serve. In addition to offering a full range of personalized community banking products and services for individuals, small businesses, and corporations, First Reliance offers two unique community-customers programs, which include: Hometown Heroes, a package of benefits for those serving our communities and Check N Save, an outreach program for the unbanked or under-banked. We also offer a full suite of digital banking services, a Customer Service Guaranty, a Mortgage Service Guaranty, and are open on most traditional holidays.

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