March 2013

Boys Scouts Raise 135,000 Lbs of Food!
By Jayson Matthews

Trailers and trucks were lined up down Nina Drive on February 2, 2013 as Boy Scout Troops from across the East Valley collected and dropped off over 135,000 lbs to the United Food Bank. This annual day of service is planned and coordinated by a team of Boy Scout Leaders and parents who work for weeks in advance to advertise to neighborhoods, coordinate the transportation of bins, and then to pick up all of that food in one day. UFB thanks all of the hundreds of Scouts, Scout Leaders, parents and supporters for helping to raise a lot of food and awareness!

13-Year-Old Holds Fundraiser
By Patricia Duran

When 13-year-old Nicholas Duran heard that the 9th annual Show Ice Bowl Disc Golf Charity Event was in danger of being canceled, he stepped up in a big way to make sure that that would not happen. His older brother was originally going to run the event but had to step down only a week before the event was to take place. Without reservation, young Nicholas, with help and guidance from his parents who have run several very successful tournaments themselves, stepped up to run his first event as Tournament Director ever.

Nick has been playing the sport of Disc Golf for nearly 10 years now and has played in over 120 Disc Golf tournaments in 27 different states! He’s earned himself 4 World Championship titles and currently holds 5 different age based Distance World Records. Putting all of his tournament experience to work to his advantage, despite the short notice and the threat of snow on the horizon, he managed to put together a great event for everyone involved.

Despite the 18 degree start time temperature, the blowing wind, and the driving snow, 23 players including one of the top players in the world, Paul Ulibarri, showed up to brave the elements and support Nicks efforts to help feed the hungry. After all was said and done, Nick had raised an impressive $469 in cash for the United Food Bank through entry fees, raffle money, and the sale of mulligans to each of the players. Additional money was raised through an ace pool available to players that was donated also, after no one hit an ace. Players also brought nearly 100 pounds of canned food to donate to the local food pantry, The Love Kitchen. Lunch was provided to all the players from a donation of 15 hot pizzas from Little Caesar’s Pizza and several local players brought cold and hot drinks for everyone to enjoy as well. When asked how he felt about running his first event, Nick excitedly replied, “It felt good to help people who need help and I can’t wait to host my next event to help feed the hungry.” Plans are in the works for Nick to run another event to help feed the hungry in March!

The original Ice Bowl Disc Golf Charity Event was held in January of 1987 with the goals of feeding the hungry and has since blown up into major event held in all 50 states raising $1.6 million dollars for charities and over 415,000 pounds of food! Thank you Rick Rothstein (original Ice Bowl instigator) for your years of tireless effort in making your amazing contribution to feeding the hungry! Thanks to Nicholas Duran also for his efforts!

United Food Bank Meets with North County Partners

By Jayson Matthews

On February 27, 2013, United Food Bank staff and Board members met with agency representatives at our quarterly North Counties Advisory Committee Meeting. The intent of this gathering is too listen to concern from our partners, share ideas and strategize on new ways to feed the hungry in all parts of Arizona. This time was also used to plan for the implementation of UFB’s forthcoming Large-Scale Mobile Pantry program which could not be done without the generous support of the Kemper & Ethel Marley Foundation and CoBank. This new mobile pantry will help UFB provide food to communities that lack physical locations to distribute food on a timelier basis. With the help of local partners, we can make sure that Arizonans in our rural areas get the help they need.

Arizona Gives Day
United Food Bank is participating in the statewide Arizona Gives Day event on March 20, 2013. This new initiative is designed to raise awareness of the collective impact of nonprofits across the state. To see how many of your favorite nonprofits are working together to make a difference in Arizona click here!

UFB Hearts Dutch Bros
Did you get your Dutch Bros on Valentine’s Day? If you did, you were one of many kind people who donated three cans of food for a medium drink and a wristband. Over 11,000 lbs of food was raised across 11 Valley locations in just one day! Dutch Luv Day was a HUGE success! We especially loved how many of our Facebook friends took photos of their Dutch Bros drinks and posted them online. We are so grateful to everyone who showed their love for those in need on Valentine’s Day! Thank you Dutch Bros!