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Kansas Credit Unions Pick Up Tab In 11 Kansas Communities

Thursday, May 15, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Susan Dyer
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Mainstreet CU picked up the tab at
Z's Divine Espresso in Lawrence.
 Breana Thurston, Meritrust CU; Sarah Knolla,
Mid American CU and Gail Adamo, Central Start CU
at Tanya's Soup Kitche in Wichita.
Kendra Baker, United NW Federal CU, right, at
Town and Country Kitchen paying for
customer purchases in Norton, KS.
There’s an old saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” But this week, in 11 Kansas communities, there was a free lunch (or breakfast, or coffee, etc).

Today (and on Tuesday, May 13), 16 credit unions in 11 Kansas communities surprised consumers by picking up the tab at designated restaurants, or offering customers gift cards to cover their meal. It was all part of a statewide, collaborative event coordinated by the Kansas Credit Union Association as part of the Make a Difference campaign.

See all photos on Flickr

The events are designed to illustrate the credit union philosophy of people helping people, and bring awareness of the value credit unions provide to their communities.

“Not only were credit unions surprising the people who live in their community, they were also supporting local businesses,” said Susan Dyer, Director of Communications at the Kansas Credit Union Association. “Many of the businesses where the events were held were locally owned establishments.”

Communities and locations:

Tuesday, May 13
  • Topeka, Juli’s Coffee & Bistro

Thursday, May 15
  • Lawrence: Z’s Divine Espresso
  • Manhattan: Bluestem Bistro
  • Norton: Town & Country Kitchen
  • Marysville: Crome’s Market, Toledo’s Deli, Community Memorial Healthcare Lunchroom, CJ Express
  • Wichita: Tanya’s Soup Kitchen and Wasabi West
  • Ness City: Pizza Plus
  • Augusta: Playa Azul
  • El Dorado: Susie's Chili Parlor
  • Newton: The Breadbasket
  • Arkansas City: Sirloin Stockade

Each location had between $750 and $1000 to use to pay for customer’s purchases, or give them a gift card.

Some patrons were wary, but at the Manhattan location, one person wanted to turn around a buy coffee for the Kansas State University Federal Credit Union staff.

At the Wichita Wasabi location, one man came up to the group a couple of times, and even said "this makes me want to join a credit union," and then he asked about how to join.

One credit union reported gaining three new members who had been on the receiving end of the free lunch.

Representatives from 16 credit unions throughout the state volunteered for the event.
  • Ark Valley Credit Union
  • Central Star Credit Union
  • Cessna Employees Credit Union
  • Credit Union of America
  • Educational Credit Union
  • EquiShare Credit Union
  • Kansas State University Federal Credit Union
  • Mainstreet Credit Union
  • Meritrust Credit Union
  • Mid American Credit Union
  • New Century Credit Union
  • Quest Credit Union
  • Sunflower U.P. Federal Credit Union
  • United Credit Union
  • United Northwest Federal Credit Union
  • White Eagle Credit Union
Coverage included the Topeka Capital Journal and on See the tweets at #theCUway.

This is the fourth in a series of events. To date, Kansas credit unions have given away $55,500 to consumers through these types of events. Other events included two gas giveaways (held in October 2012 and October 2013), and a similar “It’s On Us” event in May 2013.