Wells Fargo is helping Mesa-based United Food Bank expand its reach to serve people facing financial hardships and food insecurity. The newly announced Wells Fargo Drive-Up Food Bank will partner with United Food Bank each Wednesday evening through Aug. 26 to provide much-needed food items such as produce, bread, dairy and frozen meats to valley families. People needing food assistance will drive up to the distribution point at the Wells Fargo branch at 1860 E. University Dr. in Mesa beginning at 6 p.m., remain in their vehicles, and pop open their trunks so volunteers can place groceries directly into them.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on many families. Many people are struggling financially and facing tough choices between paying for food, shelter, or other necessities. Wells Fargo is underwriting the meals and hosting food distribution at its properties in more than 20 cities across the country this summer. The overall goal of the program is to provide more than 50 million meals nationally. This effort is a small way to bring immediate relief to some hard-hit communities, providing a boost to remind each other we will get through this difficult time together.
“No one should have to choose between feeding their family or other basic necessities,” said Lead Region President Don Pearson. “Wells Fargo has a long-standing commitment to help our local communities—especially during challenging times. We are glad to bring nourishment for many families and hope this modest gesture lifts spirits and reminds people that they are not alone.”
“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are being felt near and far, and the work of organizations like ours has never been so important,” stated Dave Richins, President United Food Bank. “We’re grateful to be part of Wells Fargo COVID-19 giving and allowing us to use one of their branch locations in Mesa that will allow us to feed more families in need in Arizona.”
At least 300 families are expected to seek assistance at the drive-up site each week.