United Food Bank announces a formal collaboration with Waste Not, an organization focused on collecting and distributing excess perishable food items that would otherwise be thrown away. Effective immediately, Waste Not (WasteNotAZ.org)will operate as a United Food Bank (UnitedFoodBank.org) affiliate, maintaining its own 501(c)(3) charitable status. The two community-based nonprofit organizations provide food assistance throughout the Valley and hope to make an even greater impact on hunger through their newly combined efforts.
“The reason a nonprofit exists is to provide a solution to a community need and our two organizations have both worked tirelessly for many years to answer the same need, but in different, complementary ways,” said Christina La Porte, Waste Not Board President.
Together, they will now leverage their combined resources, shared talent and leadership, infrastructure, and operating efficiencies to improve and expand their response to the challenges of local hunger and food waste.
Currently, United Food Bank and Waste Not together save 8 million pounds annually of edible, perishable food from grocery stores, caterers, and other food purveyors that would otherwise be discarded. This food is shared with partner agencies throughout the East Valley that serve people in need of food assistance.
“United Food Bank is pleased to partner with Waste Not,” says Mariann Ward, United Food Bank Board Chair. “Waste Not’s offerings, combined with our national resources, will enable us to leverage programs and systems for the communities we serve.”
“We are very excited to welcome Waste Not and their complementary program to our team as a wonderful value-add to the constituents we serve. Their unique service of prepared food rescue is an innovative solution to our widespread hunger issue,” stated Dave Richins, United Food Bank CEO.
“Last year, Waste Not recovered 3.5 million pounds of prepared food that would have otherwise gone to waste—a record in the agency’s 32-year history,” added Kate Thoene, Executive Director at Waste Not. “I’m thrilled to be working with United Food Bank, who prioritizes collaboration and sees this expanded partnership and prepared food rescue as an avenue to move the needle on hunger relief in Arizona.”
Addressing hunger in our community depends on continued support from the public. Help United Food Bank and Waste Not achieve a Million Meals this summer by donating at azmillionmeals.org.