United Food Bank in need of food donations for holiday season
United Food Bank holds an annual holiday season food drive to help feed tens of thousands of people in need. However, United Food Bank was not able to supply enough turkeys and other holiday food last year.
“We did not come close to meeting the demand we had last year,” says Bob Evans, CEO and president of United Food Bank.
In order to further donations, United Food Bank is extending its hours at its Mesa facility. Preferred donations include frozen turkeys, traditional holiday food such as canned vegetables, boxed stuffing and mashed potatoes or cash donations.
Donations will also be accepted at the Dana Park Village Square shopping center on Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A refrigerated truck will be on site to collect perishable donations.
“We’re hoping to improve…this year and we’re stepping up our efforts to make it easier for people to make a donation,” Evans says.
Offices, school groups, clubs and retail locations are also encouraged to participate in the food drive. They are able to do so by hosting their own food drive to collect money and non-perishable food items.
To encourage the groups, United Food Bank published a list of ideas on unitedfoodbank.org that details ideas for contests and “gobble grams” to give to those who make a donation.
United Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief and food assistance throughout Maricopa County and Eastern Arizona.
Donations can be made at:
United Food Bank’s Mesa facility
245 S. Nina Dr.
Nov. 12, 8 a.m. to noon
Nov. 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 19, 8 a.m. to noon
Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Information about organizing food drives can be found on United Food Bank’s website, www.unitedfoodbank.org.