Published On: Fri, Dec 21st, 2012

CIBC FirstCaribbean makes donation to Food Bank as part of a regional initiative of the Bank

WILLEMSTAD – CIBC FirstCaribbean has recently made a donation of U.S. $ 3.000, - to Food Bank Curacao. This donation was not only a contribution to the efforts of the Food Bank to provide a Christmas package to those with limited means in our Curacao community but it also serves as an incentive to the community to support this important goal.

This gesture of CIBC FirstCaribbean in Curacao is part of a collective action in all countries where CIBC FirstCaribbean is present. CIBC FirstCaribbean hopes that this gesture enriches the lives of over 300 families with a special package with food from Food Bank at the end of the year.

Foodbank Curacao began in 1999 with the monthly food package consisting of 25 nutritious food items for the disadvantaged families in our community. The Food Bank provides, month after month, more than 300 families with a package. Food Bank Curacao sees exciting times ahead in the New Year when the grant to the organization is being stopped. Therefore the organization needs all the necessary help from the community so that it can continue with its valuable work.

Lysaira Arvelo-Ortela, Marketing Manager at CIBC FirstCaribbean Curaçao said: "Food Bank Curaçao has proven to be a great support to our community. Unfortunately some in our community, especially those who receives a package by the Food Bank, still needed nutritious food for their nourishment. CIBC FirstCaribbean, hopes that this donation is not only during the Christmas time but also that it can inspire all of us in the community throughout the year to contribute to Food Bank Curacao. "

About CIBC FirstCaribbean

CIBC FirstCaribbean is the largest, regionally-listed bank in theEnglish and Dutch speakingCaribbeanserving over 500,000 accounts in 17 markets, through 3,400 staff, across 100 branches and offices. The bank offers a full range of market-leading financial services in: Corporateand Investment Banking, Treasury Sales and Trading, Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Small Business and Credit Cards.

CIBC FirstCaribbean is a member of the CIBC Group. CIBC (TSX, NYSE: CM) is a leading North American financial institution serving clients inCanadaand around the world. Through its distinct business lines, CIBC Retail Markets and Wholesale Banking, CIBC provides a full range of products and services to almost 11 million individual, small business and commercial banking clients and meets the financial needs of corporate and institutional clients. CIBC is rated A+/Stable/A-1 by Standard & Poor's.

For more information about CIBC FirstCaribbean, visit www.cibcfcib.com

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