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Local Motorists Helped Fill Up United Food Bank by Filling Their Gas Tanks

Valero’s “Fill Up to Fight Hunger” campaign raises over $21,000 for United Food Bank

Mesa, AZ (Oct. 28) – Filling up at a local Valero station did more than just keep your car running, it also helped feed the hungry in our community.

United Food Bank, a Feeding America member food bank, and Valero, an international manufacturer and marketer of energy products and power, announced today that $21,421 has been raised from the “Fill Up to Fight Hunger” campaign and will be donated to the food bank.

Valero launched “Fill Up to Fight Hunger” on April 4 to give motorists a chance to fight hunger in their communities simply by filling up with Valero fuel. For each 8-gallon fuel purchase made at a local participating Valero outlet, Valero donated $1 to United Food Bank.

In all, the campaign resulted in $2.9 million being distributed to over 125 food banks across the country.

“At a time when every penny counts in the fight against hunger, Valero stepped up and put real dollars to work in our community,” said Bob Evans, United Food Bank President and CEO.” “Local motorists helped fill up our food bank as they filled their gas tanks, and we are thankful for their support as we work to feed the hundreds of thousands of people who are faced with hunger in Arizona.”

Both company-owned Valero Corner Stores and independently operated Valero-branded locations participated in “Fill Up to Fight Hunger.”

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.

About Feeding America

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms.

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