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"To United Food Bank – Thank you for helping us keep our kids from going hungry. Times like this are hard and your help is awesome." — The Lairs

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Operation Chuck

Chuck the Duck

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Emergency Air Heating & Cooling believes in giving back to the community and they’re teaming up with United Food Bank!

Do you want to help United Food Bank and have a shot at amazing prizes? Well, now you can. All you have to do is submit a video/photo with “Chuck the Duck”, and you’ll have the chance to win one of three amazing prizes below:

1st Prize: Trip for 4 people to Hawaii for 7 days. Air, Hotel, and $2500 visa gift card included.

2nd Prize: Trip for 4 people to Disneyland for 3 days. Air, Hotel, tickets, and $500 visa gift card.

3rd Prize: Phoenix event for 4 people. Hotel, tickets to the event, and $150 visa gift card.

All it takes is $5 or 10 canned food items to get Chuck.

You can get your own chuck all month long at the Emergency Air Heating & Cooling office. The faster you get Chuck, the faster you can submit your video/photo.

Find Out Where You Can Get Your Own Chuck

The goal of “Operation Chuck” is to create a valley-wide food drive for United Food Bank using social media, while creating a family-oriented video/photo contest involving “Chuck the Duck”. The contest will run from January 2 to January 31, 2017.

Contestants should make a video or photo using Chuck in some way and submit the entry here. The contest rules are as stated on Emergency Air’s webpage at http://emergencyair.com/operation-chuck-rules/.

Please see Emergency Air’s Facebook page or their “Chuck” web page for ideas and inspiration. Judges will make their selections based on subject matter, composition, focus, lighting, uniqueness, originality and impact.  All voting decisions are final and at the discretion of Emergency Air LLC.  Have fun and make it a family event.

You can pick up your own “Chuck the Duck” at Emergency Air’s office starting January 1st at 2451 W. Birchwood Ave #110 Mesa, AZ 85202 from 8 A.M to 5 P.M. Chuck can also be picked up at various locations throughout the valley, including Motortek Complete Auto Care in Mesa when you get an oil change & tire rotation.  Five dollars or 10 cans of food gets you Chuck – but to participate in the contest for all the prizes, you must submit your 15 second video. The contest will end on January 31st at 5 P.M. local time. Please see the “Contest Rules” page for a complete list. There are only 10,000 ducks available for the contest, so don’t wait to get your duck!

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Our goal: $30,000

17% Funded
$5,200 Raised

Gifts to United Food Bank qualify for valuable Arizona Charitable Tax Credits up to $400 per individual and $800 for couples filing jointly in the State of Arizona. Charitable Tax Credits differ from tax deductions because they are fully tax-refundable.They will either reduce the total Arizona state income tax you owe or increase the state income tax refund you receive, dollar-for-dollar when you file your taxes. Consult your tax adviser if you have any questions regarding the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.

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    Class 32 of Tempe Leadership is hosting a fundraising campaign to address hunger in Tempe by working with two partners,  United Food Bank and Thew Elementary.

    Class 32 will replace the failing swamp coolers at the United Food Bank, which services Tempe in the East Valley, to indirectly address hunger. By replacing the Food Bank’s cooling system, Tempe Leadership will increase the amount of food the Food Bank can accept, which is available to its partner agencies in Tempe.

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Food Bank Events

2016 Friends Breakfast

2016 Friends Breakfast

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Orange Ball

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Christmas in July

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Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

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2016 Friends Breakfast

2016 Friends Breakfast

2016 Friends Breakfast

Join us as we honor our Hunger Heroes and celebrate United Food Bank’s legacy of caring!

United Food Bank’s Friends Breakfast brings together more than 400 decision-makers in the private sector and at every level of government as we honor many of the community partners who make it possible for us to provide more than 20 million pounds of food to the community in the East Valley and eastern Arizona.

Orange Ball

Orange Ball

This year’s Orange Ball, United Food Bank’s Gala Fundraiser, will be held on September 24th, at 5:30 PM at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. It’s orange for a reason: orange is the color of hunger awareness, and September is Hunger Action Month. What better way for the community to come together to help celebrate all the achievements that have been possible through our partners in ending hunger.

Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community

United Food Bank’s “Spirit of Philanthropy Award” is bestowed upon individuals, corporations and foundations whose passion for supporting the community is exemplified by their leadership, generosity and commitment to our mission to fight hunger, which continues to make a significant difference in the lives of people throughout the East Valley and Eastern Arizona.

Cocktail Reception • Silent Auction • Plated Dinner • Award Ceremony • Dancing

Cocktail Attire – Please Wear Something Orange

Tickets are $100. There are also various sponsorship and advertising opportunities available.

Have questions about sponsoring the 2016 Orange Ball? Contact Jackie Shelley at (480) 398-4442

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

What is Christmas in July?
“Christmas in July” is an annual food drive competition, between local Chambers of Commerce here in the East Valley and eastern Arizona, to see who can raise the most money and collect the most non-perishable food to help stock the shelves of United Food Bank during the month of July.

Summer is the hardest time of the year for many individuals and families in Arizona.
When school’s out for summer, some kids face their toughest test because summer also spells the end of free and reduced school meal programs which often means
greater food-insecurity for entire families. The summer months are equally difficult for many low-income seniors who are often forced to choose between paying bills and purchasing food.

How You Can Help
You can participate in “Christmas in July” by making a Cash Contribution or by donating Non-Perishable Food Items during the month of July. Every $1.00 you give will help provide enough food for 4 meals to some our community’s most vulnerable members.

For more information, please contact your local Chamber of Commerce or e-mail Melissa Forrester at mforrester@unitedfoodbank.org or call (480) 398-4464.

Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Imagine not being able to experience Thanksgiving dinner this year. Not having a turkey to worry about. No potatoes to scoop onto on your plate. No pumpkin pie to sneak bites of. Nothing to bring your family around the table for. Sadly this is a reality for many Arizona families.

Currently in our service area, 228,000 people do not know where their next meal is coming from, and more than 93,000 of those people are children!

This Thanksgiving, United Food Bank is working to make sure Arizona families have a dinner to put on the table. We need you help though!

We’re asking for frozen turkeys, nonperishable staples, and cash donations to help feed hungry people in our service area.

Donations may be delivered to our Javelina Warehouse.

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Friends Breakfast

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Join us as we honor our Hunger Heroes and celebrate United Food Bank’s legacy of caring on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017! Every spring, we clear out our warehouse for our Friends Breakfast and bring together more than 400 decision-makers in the private sector and at every level of government as we honor many of the community partners who make it possible for us to provide more than 26 million pounds of food to the community in the East Valley and Eastern Arizona.

Food is generously provided by Hickman’s Family Farms, Fry’s Food Stores, Willie Itule Produce and coffee by Dutch Bros. Coffee. It’s a great way to learn more about United Food Bank and who makes our mission possible.

United Food Bank’s Friends Breakfast is a great way to showcase your business and network with decision-makers and in the private sector and at every level of government.

Friends Breakfast Sponsorship – $500
• Podium Acknowledgement
• Event Marketing & Social Media
• Logo Slide Projection
• Table Sign & Marketing Collateral
• Two Reserved Table Seats

For more information, please email Renee Lopata at  rlopata@unitedfoodbank.org or call (480) 398-4522

 

 

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Nourishing Arizona Families. One Meal at a Time.

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Hungry Children in AZ 

48428

Food Boxes Last Year 

23448

Volunteer Hours 

59000

Meals Distributed Daily

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Food Pantries

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Meal Sites

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Mobile Pantries

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Helping Hands

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Kids Café

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Backpack Program

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Food for Thought

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Help Yourself

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Food Pantries

Food Pantries

United Food Bank began and continues to exist to alleviate hunger, reduce food insecurity and increase nutritional literacy in the communities served. The most impactful way the Food Bank does this is by collecting, storing and distributing bulk food to a network of agencies, including local food pantries, faith-based organizations and other nonprofits, that then distribute emergency food boxes to those in need. These Emergency Food Boxes help to bridge the gap of available resources for low-income families and individuals on fixed incomes.

Meal Sites

Meal Sites

The Food Bank provides bulk food to a network of community organizations and agencies in various ways for different programs. This network of agencies then distributes the food through their programs like meal sites, residential facilities, and senior programs.

Mobile Pantries

Mobile Pantries

A mobile pantry is a method of direct client distribution in an organized format, managed either by United Food Bank or by partner agency staff that utilizes a dry / refrigerated truck to provide food that traditional pantries cannot accept or distribute to people in need – usually do to the agency’s storage or refrigeration capacity. The mission of the mobile pantry program is to meet the needs of hungry clients in urban or rural areas by providing food directly in their communities.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

This program is designed as an emergency food resource for “First” and “Second” responders like police, firefighters, social and outreach workers, protective services case managers and others who respond to emergency/crises situations, and encounter a family or household without food or food resources. A Helping Hands food box contains enough food to provide for recipients for three days.

Kids Café

Kids Café

United Food Bank currently collaborates with more than 30 after-school programs throughout the East Valley and Eastern Arizona to provide at-risk children with free nutritious meals and snacks. Program sites are Title 1 Schools, community based social organizations or other nonprofit programs that work with at-risk children and youth, offering a variety of after-school educational enrichment programs in a safe environment, these children and youth actively participate in a variety of educational, recreational, social and physical activities that promote learning, fitness and nutrition.

Backpack Program

Backpack Program

United Food Bank provides food at Title 1 schools throughout the East Valley and Eastern Arizona through its Backpack Program. For low-income children, school often serves as the best way to stay nourished and fed through free and reduced breakfast and lunch. But when school is not in session during the weekend or summer breaks, these children might miss meals. Partner sites identify youth who are at the highest level of food insecurity to participate.

United Food Bank distributes backpacks filled with nutritional, child-friendly non-perishable foods that are ready to eat or easily prepared by the children who receive them. Backpacks are packed at our Volunteer Annex and are distributed to our partner programs the last day before weekends or holidays. Last year, 21,339 backpacks were distributed to hungry children.

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

This program was designed as a resource for teachers and educators of Title 1 schools that provide structured extended afterschool or before school mentoring or tutoring programs for at-risk children and youth, to help ensure all children meet challenging state academic standards. The program allows participants to receive prepackaged nutritionally balanced food boxes through their participation in a range of tutoring, mentoring and other educational enrichment activities. Students work to achieve goals and to overcome difficulties that they may be experiencing at school. The “Food for Thought” program is designed to help educators (1) teach work ethic; (2) help motivate children to overcome obstacles to learning; (3) improve a child’s self-esteem; (4) feed the child and his/her family; and (5) promote greater parent/teacher interaction.

Help Yourself

Help Yourself

Many people in our community live paycheck-to-paycheck or have limited resources. For them, it’s hard to see beyond next week, and budgeting resources to maximize their food-buying dollars is a weekly challenge. Fortunately, United Food Bank has set up the Help Yourself Program. It’s held on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m, excluding holidays. Through Help Yourself, clients can purchase for $20 a variety of fresh meats, produce, dry goods. Clients can also select from additional bonus items like bread, pastries, dairy products, and deli products depending on availability. Clients do not need to meet any criteria or qualifications.

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"You have helped my family not go hungry while we are going through a hard time. Thanks."
— Glenn and family.