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Communities Come Together to Benefit the Hungry in the East Valley

The Town of Gilbert and the City of Chandler are teaming up in a friendly food drive competition for its residents and employees, with the winner being the United Food Bank and, ultimately, the 40,000+ people that United Food Bank provides food for every day.

The competition is simple and runs through May 31 – both Gilbert and Chandler are urging employees and residents to collect food for hungry. Several “drop off” points have been set up throughout the two communities and non-perishable food such as tuna fish, peanut butter, canned vegetables, soups, beans, nuts and, especially as summer draws close, water.

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

Not only will the food drive give United Food Bank a good supply of food for the 230+ agencies they serve, but the competition will also help build community spirit between the two communities, which have worked closely on important projects including the Santan Vista Water Treatment Plant. The community that wins gets to see the opposing City or Town Council in their community wear their shirts through an entire televised public meeting.

“I know we’re going to see a lot of city and community pride on display in Chandler as these food donation boxes fill up,” said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “It’s a great way for the whole community to be involved, and we’re looking forward to seeing the Gilbert Town Council wearing City of Chandler shirts!”

Gilbert Mayor John Lewis promised to be among the first to include donations to the food drive in his next family grocery trip.

“This is a chance for Gilbert to show why we are considered one of the best places to live in the country – it is our giving nature,” Lewis said. “We can’t wait, for instance, to give Chandler the chance to wear our Town of Gilbert shirts!”

Ultimately, everyone will come out winners, Lewis added, “as our local families enjoy wholesome food on their tables.”

To get a food donation box at your office or business, call (480) 503-6766 for the Town of Gilbert and 480-782-2000 for the City of Chandler and to drop off food, check the locations below.

CHANDLER DROP OFF LOCATIONS

Chandler residents can drop off at any City of Chandler facility including fire stations, libraries and City Hall. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/fooddrive for more information.

Chandler City Hall 175 S. Arizona Avenue

Chandler Libraries

Downtown: 22 S. Delaware

Hamilton: 3700 S. Arizona Ave.

Basha: 5990 S. Val Vista

Sunset: 4930 W. Ray Road

Chandler Fire Stations

Station 1: 911 South Hamilton

Station 2: 1911 North Alma

Station 3: 275 South Ellis Rd.

Station 4: 295 North Kyrene Rd

Station 5: 1775 W. Queen

Station 6: 911 North Jackson

Station 7: 6200 South Gilbert

Station 8: 711 West Frye Rd

Station 9: 211 Desert Breeze Blvd W

Station 10: 5211 S. McQueen Rd

Fire Administration: 151 E. Boston

Fire Training Center: 3550 S Dobson Rd

Neighborhood Resources/ Housing & Human Services 235 N. Arizona Avenue

Tumbleweed Recreation Center 745 E Germann Rd Snedigar Sportsplex 4500 S Basha Rd.

Downtown Chandler Community Center 125 E. Commonwealth

Environmental Education Center at Veteran’s Oasis Park 4050 E. Chandler Heights

Floridinos 590 N. Alma School Rd (SW corner Alma School & Galveston)

Dilly’s Deli, Chandler 2895 Alma School Rd

St. Andrews Catholic Church 3450 W. Ray Road

Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley 300 W. Chandler Blvd.

Chandler United Methodist Church 450 E. Chandler Heights

Trinity Christian Church 50 S. McQueen Road

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GILBERT DROP OFF LOCATIONS

Gilbert residents can donate at Town Hall buildings, or at any local fire station.

Town Hall, 50 E. Civic Center Drive

Gilbert fire station drop-off locations include:

Fire Station 1: 2730 E. Williams Field Road

Fire Station 2: 2855 E. Guadalupe Road

Fire Station 3: 1011 E. Guadalupe Road

Fire Station 4: 909 E. Ray Road

Fire Station 5: 3630 E. Germann Road

Fire Station 6: 3595 E. Warner Road

Fire Station 7: 215 N. Cooper Road

Fire Station 8: 1095 E. Germann Road

Fire Station 11: 2860 E. Riggs Road

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About United Food Bank

United Food Bank is a private nonprofit organization that provides meals for more than 40,000 Arizonans every day. UFB is a 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.

Media Contacts:

United Food Bank: Lisa Goin, 602-980-1090 (cell); 480-398-4442 (office)

Chandler: Jane Poston, 480-782-2231

Gilbert: Beth Lucas, 480-503-6766