United Food Bank was given a semi-truck to use free of charge for seven months thanks to the generosity of RWC Idealease. Beginning last October, United Food Bank received news of the delivery of nearly four million pounds of additional food from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) due to the trade mitigation package aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to trade retaliation by other countries.However, with this additional food, United Food Bank needed to raise nearly $350,000 to cover costs of additional truck rentals and fuel to distribute to the organization’s 19,500-sqaure-mile service area.
RWC Idealease delivers a level of responsiveness and awareness to the needs of the community and answered United Food Bank’s need by providing the hunger-relief organization a semi-truck for free for the next seven months during the mitigation phase, in hopes that United Food Bank raises enough funds to purchase a new semi.
“When we first heard the news that we were to receive nearly four million pounds of food, we were extremely excited. Then the shock hit me and I wondered how we are going to double what we are already doing?” said Dave Richins, CEO of United Food Bank. “RWC Idealease really answered our prayers at a time of need.”
The semi-truck arrived in November 2018 and will be used until May 2019.
“We are very humbled and proud to support organizations like United Food Bank, who are on the frontlines providing hunger relief in our community,” stated Mike Williams, Director RWC Idealease.
About United Food Bank:
United Food Bank celebrates 35 years as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief to people in need in the East Valley and eastern Arizona. We collect, acquire, store and distribute food and related commodities to more than 220 partner agencies that serve more than 228,000 people in need across more than 19,500 square miles. Last year, United Food Bank distributed almost 24 million pounds of food providing nearly 19.5 million meals to our neighbors in need.