Fifth Third Volunteers Make Food at Harbor Light Kitchen for 33rd Annual Fifth Third Day

May 7, 2024

*Fifth third volunteers make fresh salads at the Detroit Harbor Light community kitchen

On Friday, May 3, Fifth Third celebrated its 33rd annual Fifth Third Day by organizing a volunteer event at The Salvation Army Detroit Harbor Light community kitchen, where attendees put together sandwiches and salads to be used in the Harbor Light dining room and on the Bed & Bread truck.

In addition to volunteering their time, Fifth Third also generously donated $20,000 to The Salvation Army Bed & Bread program. Fifth Third Regional President in Eastern Michigan, David Girodat described the importance of the annual event,

“Fifth Third Day is our self-proclaimed national holiday. We really focus on food insecurity in our footprint here in Eastern Michigan, but in all 11 states and 14 major markets where we do business.”

*Fifth Third presents The Salvation Army with a $20,000 donation, left to right: Fifth Third Regional Manager for Eastern Michigan, Gina Carrier, Fifth Third Regional President in Eastern Michigan, Salvation Army Corporate, Grants & Foundations Relations Director Jonathan Hicks, David Girodat, Bed & Bread Club® Food Service Administrator, Chef Michael Block, Fifth Third Community Impact Manager, Tawnya Rose

Regarding the bank’s partnership with The Salvation Army, Girodat also expressed his admiration for its mission,

“The partnership with The Salvation Army is over a decade old. It’s one of our favorites. This is such a great organization, and we admire what they do in the marketplace here and on a national level. When you see someone like Chef Mike and everything he’s put into this, it’s pretty amazing. And it’s hard not to rally around such a strong organization.”

There were 50 volunteers helping in the kitchen, double last year’s number. Volunteers also learned professional cooking techniques from Chef Michael block while working. For example, proper knife handling while dicing ham: “it’s a slicing motion, not a guillotine.”

*Fifth Third volunteers Debbie and Mark

Later, Fifth Third Senior Vice President in Eastern Michigan, Scott Wickens, came to the kitchen and went on the Bed & Bread Club truck to help distribute food to the homeless and hungry of Detroit.

Overall, the event was a big success. The Salvation Army is grateful for the generous support of Fifth Third and are honored to be part of Fifth Third Day for another year.

*Fifth Third volunteers make bologna sandwiches at the Detroit Harbor Light community kitchen

*Fifth Third Senior Vice President in Eastern Michigan, Scott Wickens rides the Bed & Bread Club truck

About Fifth Third

Fifth Third is a bank that’s as long on innovation as it is on history. Since 1858, we’ve been helping individuals, families, businesses, and communities grow through smart financial services that improve lives. Our list of firsts is extensive, and it’s one that continues to expand as we explore the intersection of tech-driven innovation, dedicated people, and focused community impact. Fifth Third is one of the few U.S.-based banks to have been named among Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies® for several years. With a commitment to taking care of our customers, employees, communities and shareholders, our goal is not only to be the nation’s highest performing regional bank, but to be the bank people most value and trust. Fifth Third Bank, National Association is a federally chartered institution. Fifth Third Bancorp is the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank, and its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB." Investor information and press releases can be viewed at

About The Salvation Army

Founded by William Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. Last Year, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit was involved in providing nearly 3 million meals and more than 405,000 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.85 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need 365 days of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at Those interested in helping The Salvation Army’s mission can donate or volunteer.

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