America First Credit Union will launch a community assistance program for the homeless in northern Utah. The event coincides with the company's 50th anniversary, according to spokesman Norm Steele.

America First's 145,000 members will be encouraged to make contributions in boxes at each of 15 offices and by mail, or through account transfers to a special account."Every penny will be used to buy food and equipment for homeless shelters and kitchens," Steele said.

America First will make periodic disbursements to facilities that receive no public assistance, like St. Vincent De Paul Center, the Salt Lake and Ogden Rescue Missions and St. Anne's Center in Ogden.