Nearly 400 East Valley community leaders and partners came together to celebrate United Food Bank’s 35 years of feeding Arizona at the 8thannual Friends Breakfast on April 10. It also provided an opportunity to recognize the efforts of this year’s Hunger Heroes, ISM Raceway and Dutch Bros.
ISM Raceway, (formerly Phoenix International Raceway), partnered with United Food Bank and Levy Restaurants this year on ZOOMTOWN Market, a resource for race fans who are camping during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-AM 500 Weekend. This one-stop shop for race weekend necessities, from groceries to firewood raised funds to benefit United Food Bank totaling $60,000, equivalent to 300,000 meals. “The race to end hunger is less about a finish line and more about the miles of help we can provide in the lives of people who need food assistance,” notes Dave Richins, United Food Bank CEO. “We are honored to be the beneficiary of ZOOMTOWN Market.”
Dutch Bros. has a long history of supporting United Food Bank through an annual Valentine’s Day drive at its eight locations throughout the East Valley. That day, Dutch Bros. donates $1 for every drink sold. This year, their resulting contribution of $36,617 provided 183,085 meals! “We are so grateful for this ongoing partnership with Dutch Bros.,” says Richins. “They are an outstanding corporate citizen, generously giving back to the communities where they operate.”
The breakfast, sponsored by Hickman’s Family Farms, Fry’s, APS and Dutch Bros. Coffee, was held at the United Food Bank Warehouse at 245 S. Nina Dr. in Mesa, offering a perfect opportunity for these Food Bank supporters help out in another way. During the breakfast event, attendees assembled 100 emergency food boxes to help feed individuals and families throughout United Food Bank’s service area of the East Valley and eastern Arizona.
About United Food Bank
United Food Bank collaborates with more than 200 partner agencies to serve people in need across more than 19,500 square miles, covering the East Valley and eastern Arizona, including some of the most remote areas in the state. Last year, United Food Bank distributed 23,313,796 pounds of food providing 19,428,163 meals to neighbors in need.