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Fifth Third Bank Employees Provide 340,000 Meals to Fight Hunger; Fifth Third Day Marked by Fundraising, Food Collections

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 4, 2012-- Fifth Third Bancorp today announced that its 22,000 employees celebrated Fifth Third Day by providing more than 340,000 meals to fight hunger throughout its footprint. The Company had originally set a goal of raising funds and donating foodstuffs equivalent to 53,000 meals.

Fifth Third Day is celebrated annually on May 3, 5/3 on the calendar. For more than 20 years, the Bank has used its holiday to recognize the contribution of its employees, thank its valued customers and support communities where it operates. This year marked the first that all 15 of the Company’s affiliates joined together to support the same cause.

“Fifth Third Day was a perfect opportunity for our Company to reach out into our local communities and make a difference,” said Kevin T. Kabat, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp. “Because we understand the impact living with hunger can have on individuals and the community, we dedicated our 2012 celebrations to fighting hunger across our footprint.”

Each of Fifth Third’s 15 affiliates identified needs in their local communities and designed their holiday celebrations. For example, employees in Central Indiana packed meals for Kids Against Hunger, an organization that feeds malnourished and hungry children. Fifth Third Bank (Central Ohio) hosted a “Growing Together: Make a Meal” campaign to provide local families with fresh produce grown in a community garden. In conjunction with the Kane County Cougars, employees in Chicago launched a “Strike Out Hunger” campaign that encouraged fans to purchase discounted game tickets and bring non-perishable food items to the ballpark. Many affiliates, including Fifth Third Bank (Georgia) and Fifth Third Bank (Cincinnati) sold “Shields of Recognition” to recognize employee accomplishments as well as make a donation to local food pantries. Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay) hosted its annual Fifth Third Feeding Families food drive.

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $117 billion in assets and operates 15 affiliates with 1,318 full-service Banking Centers, including 105 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,401 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 39% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC, formerly Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2012, had $296 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $26 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® National Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB." Fifth Third Bank. Member FDIC.

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