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United Food Bank Receives a $25,000 Grant from Bank of America

Arizona- September 1, 2011- The Bank of America Charitable Foundation just awarded United Food Bank a $25,000 grant to aid in its work of feeding the hungry in Arizona. This money comes at a critical time for the food bank as the hunger crisis in America continues to rise, with staggering numbers in Arizona specifically.

The most recent study on Child Food Insecurity in the U.S. states that 24.2% or nearly 1 in 4 Arizona children under the age of 18 are experiencing food insecurity. More and more, families are forced to make tough decisions like choosing to pay for food or pay their mortgage or rent. In the 2010 Hunger in America Report, nearly 70% of Arizonans interviewed said that it was their first time they had ever applied for food assistance.

“Bank of America recognizes that our nation will not recover economically until its most vulnerable communities and residents can recover. That is why supporting critical nonprofit leaders such as United Food Bank is so important in today’s challenging times when demand for basic needs is at record levels. Our grant provides capacity for United Food Bank to improve more lives and make a difference across the state,” said Benito Almanza, Arizona president, Bank of America.

This grant from Bank of America will support United Food Bank’s operations this fiscal year, including helping to acquire, process and distribute food to partner agencies; expand food programs; and increase community outreach and nutrition education.

“We could not do what we do without the support of foundations like the Bank of America Fund,” says Bob Evans, President and CEO of United Food Bank. “We are seeing increased need and a new face of hunger in this erratic economy. We want to make sure we are increasing our reach, and we cannot do that without help.”

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

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