First Truckload of Food to Wallow Fire-Affected Area Arrives; More on the Way

First Truckload of Food to Wallow Fire-Affected Area Arrives; More on the Way 

Arizona – June 12, 2011 – The first of several loads of food designated for those affected by the Wallow Fire was delivered yesterday to New Covenant Church Community Food Bank in St. John’s, Arizona. United Food Bank brought 14 pallets of much needed food and water. A few hours and 600 people later, the food supply was almost completely depleted.

“These are our friends and neighbors,” said Bob Evans, United Food Bank President and CEO. “The food we are providing is going to agencies we have an ongoing relationship with. We provide them with food on a regular basis, but they are in need of additional food right now, due to the fire. We’re here to provide that help.”

The Community Food Bank in St. John’s canvassed the area with flyers the day before the delivery, letting those in need know that food was on the way. Mike Greene, NCC Community Food Bank director said that the need is great, adding that local trailer parks are approximately 10 times busier than they were before the evacuations began. This means an influx of people coming to the NCC Community Food Bank for help.

People came from in droves, many of them evacuated from nearby Eager and Springerville. One woman, who wished not to be named, said that she came to stay with family while her husband stayed in Eager with their home and while her sister and brother-in-law fought the fire.

Another load of approximately 45,000 pounds (22 pallets) will be on the road this morning, heading for Show Low Baptist Church with an expected arrival time of around 10:30 a.m. On Monday, two additional semi-trucks will be deployed for deliveries as well, making the four-day total of food provided surpass the 150,000 pound mark.

United Food Bank serves hundreds of agencies in Arizona and their service area includes the communities affected by the Wallow fire. While the organization has the food in stock needed to provide the immediate truckloads going out this weekend, they are asking for assistance to purchase additional food needed for the disaster so it doesn’t negatively affect the organization’s typical operations of providing more than 1.5 million pounds of food every month across its service area.

Donations can be made online at www.unitedfoodbank.org.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Any media in the area is welcome to call United Food Bank Driver Scott Campagna 480-203-7947 to find out specific arrival time for Saturday. Delivery is tentatively set for 10:30 a.m.

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.

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

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