August 2013

UFB Has Record Year
2012_2013-totalThe 2012/2013 fiscal year has come to a close and our totals are in. United Food Bank is proud to announce that it had a record year with 22,398,097 pounds of food distributed through our programs and over 260 partner agencies. That’s up from 19.8 million pounds in the previous fiscal year. This was enough food to provide 18,665,080 meals to Arizonans in need; 2 million more than the previous year. Additionally our new Mega Mobile Pantry assisted over 10,112 people with 276,104 meals in just three months. This new pantry has enabled us to reach out to some of the most vulnerable areas throughout eastern Maricopa, Pinal, Gila, southern Navajo and Apache County.Thank you to all of you for helping us make a larger impact in the lives of those struggling with hunger in Arizona! We could not have accomplished this without your selfless generosity.
Hunger Action Month
HAM_Logo_SpecsNext month is Hunger Action Month, when the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks unites to urge individuals to take action in their communities. The goal is to mobilize the public to help raise awareness create a movement that has a lasting impact on our mission to end hunger in America. United Food Bank is calling on individuals, businesses, and our local government to get involved and help the vulnerable in our community this September.There are many ways to take part in Hunger Action Month! Thursday, September 5th is Go Orange Day, the kickoff of the month-long effort to turn the country orange to support hunger-relief. Here in Arizona, we can all Go Orange by wearing orange; lighting up our homes, offices, houses of worship, schools and community landmarks orange; and even turning our social media profiles orange. However, you choose to Go Orange, share your pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #UFBendshunger!You can also stay involved in Hunger Action Month throughout the whole month of September. Take part in our “End Hunger in AZ 1 Plate at a Time” Campaign by writing a message against hunger or supporting UFB on a paper plate and sending the picture to us. You can also complete a 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar that features 30 different ways to help raise awareness and support United Food Bank. For those who want to better understand what it is like to struggle with hunger, you can take the SNAP Challenge. Or you can simply take action on Facebook by following UFB, sharing our posts, and Going Orange for hunger.  Tell us how you are getting involved in Hunger Action Month this year! Anything you do to help raise awareness helps make a huge difference. Together we can end hunger in Arizona.
Christmas in July Thank You
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Just like the holidays, Christmas in July has come and gone too soon. We loved seeing the creativity among the East Valley Chambers of Commerce that helped raise food and funds for United Food Bank. More than 100 businesses within the Chandler, Mesa and Tempe Chambers rallied their employees and customers together to help provide meals for Arizonans in need.

Each business did something unique to promote their food drives. The Mesa Chamber employees wore UFB shirts to work and showed them off on Facebook for “Celebrate a Member Day.” Organ Stop Pizza went on ABC15’s Sonoran Living and 12 News’ Arizona Midday with our Community Outreach Coordinator, Melissa, to promote their Christmas in July efforts. Santa even stopped by Organ Stop Pizza one weekend to ask for more donations for UFB. Alphagraphics in Tempe held a social event at Cadillac Ranch to also raise food and funds for Christmas in July. Another great story came from the Chandler Chamber, where 2,000 LBS of Gatorade Propel was donated to UFB by Brooks Honaker from Bowman Insurance.

We are incredibly grateful for this widespread, enthusiastic support of Christmas in July. Every business and chamber that participated is helping make a huge impact in the lives of those who struggle with hunger. We cannot wait to learn the total number of meals that the food drive provided. Stay tuned to our Facebook page to find out too!

Senators Benefit Show
Thanks to Phoenix-based band The Senators for raising enough food & funds at their benefit show to provide more than 7,000 meals! Watch and learn why they wanted to help fight hunger in Arizona.

 

Family Volunteer Day
Save the date for our Kids Club Family Volunteer Day on Sept. 7! Families can learn about hunger and have fun helping their community! Learn more…

 

Breakfast First Cereal Drive
Now through September 3, you can help make sure children start the day off right. Help the Breakfast First Cereal Drive by donating boxes of cereal at East Valley Safeway stores. Learn more…