United Food Bank Thanks Community for Support in Tailgate Theft

United Food Bank Thanks Community for Support in Tailgate Theft

ARIZONA – April 29, 2011 –United Food Bank would like to thank the community for its support following an incident of thievery.

A few weeks ago, the tailgate of one of the food bank’s pick-up trucks, branded with the organization’s logo on it, was stolen while the truck was parked in a store parking lot. Officials at United Food Bank called the police to report the theft and learned that this is actually very common. Thieves steal items (such as tailgates) and sell them for their parts or for scrap metal. New tailgates cost approximately $1,200 and this purchase was not in the food bank’s budget.

When word got out, through social media, that United Food Bank’s tailgate had gone missing, there was an outpouring of support from the public, wanting to donate cash and, in several cases, calls from auto shops offering to help the organization. A tailgate was found at a salvage yard and Earnhardt’s Auto Body donated their time and painted the tailgate from its original red to white, so it will match the truck.

“We were surprised, but thrilled, with the community’s reaction,” said Bob Evans, United Food Bank President and CEO. “We were just telling our story on Facebook and Twitter, as we always do, and it resulted in a lot of folks coming forward wanting to help.”

The help comes at a good time for the food bank. During spring and summer, the need for food is still high, but donations of food as well as cash dip when the temperatures heat up. United Food Bank provides food to more than 270 agencies in Arizona including homeless shelters, soup kitchens, churches, after-school programs etc. Those wanting to make a donation to United Food Bank can call 480-926-4897 or go to www.unitedfoodbank.org.

About United Food Bank

United Food Bank is a community-based private nonprofit 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. For more information visit www.unitedfoodbank.org.

Contact: Lisa Goin
480-398-4442 (office); 602-980-1090 (cell)

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