October 2013

UFB Mourns Jon Flora
On Friday Sept. 13, United Food Bank was extremely saddened to hear about the passing of Jon Flora, president of Fry’s Food Stores of Arizona. Jon was an incredibly thoughtful and giving man, who had a real passion for fighting hunger. Over the years, he acted

as a strong advocate of Arizona food banks, and worked closely with United Food Bank.

Jon helped form a great a partnership between Fry’s Food Stores and UFB many years ago, and since then we have been working together to accomplish our mission of ending hunger in Arizona.

Fry’s has supported UFB in every way from monetary and food donations to event sponsorships. In just the last year, the company has generously sponsored our “Friends Breakfast” and is the title sponsor of our November 16, 2013 “An Evening with the Stars” premier event. Additionally, Fry’s teams up with ABC 15 every year for their Alphabet Soup Food drive, in which they collect food and funds for Arizona food banks at their stores. the grocery chain also donates their East Valley stores’ leftover food products to UFB through our Grocery Store Rescue program. All of these efforts provide thousands of meals to the hungry every year.

“With the passing of Jon Flora, United Food Bank and all Arizona food banks lost a dear friend and champion. He will be sorely missed not only by those of us lucky enough to have known and worked with him, but also by the many whose lives he touched every day,” said UFB CEO, Bob Evans.

Jon leaves behind an incredible legacy with his accomplished career at Fry’s, the lasting impact he made on his employees and his extensive philanthropy work. He will be missed by many, including those of us at United Food Bank. We will always remember our dear friend.

“An Evening with the Stars” Sponsors
us airwaysUnited Food Bank is honored to receive the generous support from US Airways who will be one of our “Name in Lights” Presenting Sponsors at the November 16, 2013 “An Evening with the Stars” event. US Airways has a history of donating funds and volunteering with charities across its nation-wide service area. In the Phoenix area, their “Do Crew” Corporate Volunteers can be seen during neighborhood clean-ups, assisting patrons to their seats, or building emergency food boxes. We hope you have a chance to join us for “An Evening with the Stars” on November 16th to bid on glamorous travel adventures made possible because of US Airways. To purchase your tickets or to buy a table, please visit www.unitedfoodbank.org/events or call (480)926-4897×210.

Scare Away Hunger
This October, we want to scare away hunger and we have two fun ways for you and your kids to help! When its time to go trick or treating for Halloween, encourage your kids to also ask neighbors to help feed the hungry. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar goes toward providing food for Arizona families. That means with just $1, we can provide the food for five meals. On our Kids Club page, you can find a fun, printable sign that your child can attached to their pillowcases or jack-o-lanterns. Want another idea? Start a “Scare Away Hunger” Halloween food drive at your child’s school! It’s easy and a great way to help make a difference! Learn more here

Come Take a Tour
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Want to learn more about how we put your donations to work? Come in for a tour and see how we fight hunger every day! Our next tour is coming up October 19. Sign up today!

Hunger Action Month Thanks

Thank you to everyone, who got involved with Hunger Action Month in person and online this September! We saw many of you wear orange on Go Orange Day, turn your Facebook &Twitter profile pictures orange, and share hunger statistics with your friends. Also, we had some great submissions for our “End Hunger in AZ 1 Plate at a Time” Instagram Contest. Phoenix Coyotes Shane Doan, CBS 5 anchors, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, and even Grumpy Cat took pictures with their plates! Take a look at the photo gallery!