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Christmas in July Food Drives Brings Much-Needed Food to United Food Bank

Arizona – July 12, 2011 – For the fifth year in a row, United Food Bank is asking community businesses to host food drives this month to help restock food shelves that have been depleted during the summer. June marked the organization’s record-high in distributing nearly 2 million pounds of food in one month and the warehouse shelves need to be restocked.

“As temperatures heat up, donations of both food and money dip for us, but the need is still there, so this food drive program comes at the perfect time,” said Bob Evans, United Food Bank President and CEO.

More than 50 companies including as Nationwide Insurance, Chester’s Harley-Davidson and seven different Walgreens have jumped on board for this effort. The food collected last year was enough to provide more than 50,000 meals for the hungry in Arizona. This year’s goal is to collect 65,000 pounds of food and with the help of companies such as Nationwide Insurance, the organization is well on its way.

“At Nationwide Insurance, we understand the impact that the United Food Bank has on our community. We are doing everything in our means to bring in as much food as possible for such a deserving organization so that our community can avoid hunger. We don’t want anyone to go to bed hungry and we are trying to do what we can to help! Hunger doesn’t take a summer break and neither will Nationwide,” said Jenni Hart of Nationwide Insurance.

This Friday, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., the Nationwide Insurance location at Alma School and Germann is having a public food drive with lunch and prizes to be given away. The United Food Bank truck will be there all day to collect food donations.

Anyone wishing to make a food donation can come by Nationwide Insurance this Friday or visit www.unitedfoodbank.org for a complete list of companies participating in the food drive.

About United Food Bank

United Food Bank is a private nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief/food assistance by collecting, acquiring, storing and distributing food and related commodities through a network of partner social services agencies in the East Valley, eastern Maricopa County, Gila and Pinal Counties and southern Apache and Navajo Counties. United Food Bank receives the prestigious four-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, for its efficiency. For more information visit www.unitedfoodbank.org.

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NOTE TO THE MEDIA: Media is invited to attend the food drive at Nationwide at the Fry’s Shopping Center at the corner of Alma School and Germann anytime between 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for visuals and interviews. Also, a list of all Christmas in July locations is attached.

Contact: Lisa Goin
lgoin@unitedfoodbank.org
480-398-4442 (office); 602-980-1090 (cell)