“Gently-Loved” Backpacks Needed for United Food Bank’s Kids’ Program

“Gently-Loved” Backpacks Needed for United Food Bank’s Kids’ Program

Arizona – May 18, 2011 – As the school year comes to an end, United Food Bank is asking schoolchildren to donate their “gently-loved” backpacks to their facility at 358 E Javelina Drive in Mesa on Friday, May 27 from 3 – 5 p.m. as part of a “kids helping kids” effort.

The request for backpacks is a result of a grant from the Halle Family Foundation to expand the organization’s “Backpack Program.” The program sends low-income children home from school on Fridays with a backpack full of food to help sustain them through the weekend.

“The children in the program are at high risk of missing meals over the weekend due to circumstances beyond their control,” said Bob Evans, United Food Bank President and CEO. “This grant enables us to expand our program, but in order to do so; we need more backpacks so we can discreetly provide the food to the children who need it.”

In exchange for their donated backpacks, children will receive a certificate of their good deed from United Food Bank and will also enjoy an ice cream sundae, compliments of Shamrock Farms.

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
480-398-4442 (office); 602-980-1090 (cell)

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