Thunderbirds Charities Grant Adds New Fresh Food Truck to United Food Bank Distribution Fleet

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Thunderbirds Charities has awarded United Food Bank (UFB) a $172,000 grant to add a fresh food semi-truck to its distribution fleet. Thunderbirds Charities previously contributed to a much-needed expansion of United Food Bank’s warehouse cooler, which now processes more than 80,000 pounds of perishable foods daily. Prior to this fleet addition, United Food Bank had to rely on other food banks to transport fresh produce and other healthy options to its warehouse from donors, a process that was far from efficient. 

“Annually, about 40 percent of the fresh food produced in the United States goes to waste,” notes David Richins, president and CEO of United Food Bank. “This truck will significantly increase our ability to acquire and distribute healthy fresh foods from clearing houses in Nogales and Yuma to our rural Arizonans in need of food assistance throughout our more than 19,000-square-mile service area.” 

About United Food Bank: United Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been providing hunger relief to people in need in the East Valley and eastern Arizona for more than 35 years. 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.

About Thunderbird Charities: Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. For more information on The Thunderbirds or the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit For more information on Thunderbirds Charities,




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