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Tyson Nansel
Vice President, External Affairs
Office: (480) 926-4897 ext. 219
Cell: ‭(602) 818-1763‬

 

Barb Harris
teamworks communication
Cell: (480) 296-5573

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United Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been providing hunger relief to people in need in the East Valley and eastern Arizona for more than 35 years. We collect, acquire, store and distribute food and related commodities to more than 220 partner agencies that serve more than 228,000 people in need across more than 19,500 square miles. In 2019, United Food Bank distributed almost 24 million pounds of food providing nearly 19.5 million meals to our neighbors in need. In response to the economic impact of COVID 19, the food bank projects it will distribute nearly 25 million pounds of food (30 million meals) this year. Visit us at UnitedFoodBank.org. Follow us on Twitter @unitedfoodbank.

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United Food Bank Facts

  • In response to the economic impact of COVID 19, the food bank projects it will distribute nearly 28.8 million pounds of food (24 million meals) this year.
  • In 2019, United Food Bank distributed almost 24 million pounds of food providing nearly 19.5 million meals to our neighbors in need.
  • United Food Bank is providing about 75,000 meals each day through our partner agencies and food banks, food distributions and programs.

2020 Hunger Stats

Impact of the Coronavirus on Local Food Insecurity

  • The overall 2020 projected food insecurity rate for Arizona is 18.5%.
  • Nearly one in three Arizona children (28.7%) are projected to experience food insecurity in 2020 compared to 19% in 2018.
  • Maricopa County is ranked fourth in the nation for the projected number of food-insecure people: 738,870.
  • Projected Food Insecurity rates by county in United Food Bank’s service area:
    • Apache (27.7%); Navajo (26.2%); Gila (23.9%); Pinal (18.3%); and Maricopa (17.4%)

2018 Hunger Stats

  • In 2018, Arizona’s food insecurity rate was nearly 13%.
  • The Food Insecurity Rate within United Food Bank’s service area was about 12.4%, or 616,130 people.
  • Overall food insecurity in United Food Bank’s service areas ranged from 12.1% in Maricopa County to 22.6% in Apache County.
  • About 32% of Arizonans who are food insecure were ineligible for SNAP or other nutrition programs.

Service Area

United Food Bank serves people in need of food assistance within eastern Maricopa, Gila and Pinal, and southern Navajo and Apache counties.