Yesterday, United Food Bank lost approximately 21,650 pounds of nutritious frozen food due to a compressor break in the main freezer of its warehouse and transportation center. The lost food would have served area food-insecure residents for nearly three weeks.
United Food Bank finds itself in dire need of donations of several food items lost to spoilage from the freezer breakdown — frozen fruits, vegetables and meats. These items are an essential part of its distribution to the five counties the organization serves each month.
Beyond the food loss, the damage to the freezer is even greater. The repair estimate is more than $10,000. United Food Bank distributes the equivalent of four meals for each dollar spent, so the cost of these repairs translates into a loss of more than 40,000 meals for those in need.
Food donations are accepted at both United Food Bank locations. To make a monetary donation, or find the addresses of our donation sites, please visit www.unitedfoodbank.org.
About United Food Bank (UFB)
United Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief by collecting, acquiring, storing and distributing food and related commodities through a network of more than 200 partner social service agencies in eastern Maricopa County, Gila and Pinal Counties, and southern Apache and Navajo Counties. Last year, UFB distributed 27.7 million pounds of food to hungry Arizonans. For more information, visit www.unitedfoodbank.org. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.