United Food Bank

Mesa, AZ   |  http://www.unitedfoodbank.org

Mission

Our mission is to stabilize the lives of hungry, low-income people within Eastern Maricopa, Gila and Pinal, and Southern Navajo and Apache Counties of Arizona by actively acquiring, storing and distributing large quantities of wholesome and nutritious foods to our network of community and strategic partners, combined with advocacy and educational initiatives that enhance lives.

Notes from the nonprofit

For every dollar donated, United Food Bank can provide 5 meals, and 96 cents of every dollar goes into feeding hungry people. In Arizona, approximately 1 million people and children are food insecure or struggle with hunger. Serving our clients with dignity and excellent service, United Food Bank is making a difference! Our record speaks for itself. United Food Bank is committed to being good stewards of the funds and resources we receive, and we are constantly looking for ways to improve our efforts until the day there is no hunger in the East Valley and Eastern Arizona.

Ruling year info

1985

President and CEO

Mr. Dave Richins

Main address

245 South Nina Drive

Mesa, AZ 85210 USA

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EIN

86-0505273

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nationally, hunger is a more pervasive issue than the average person understands. The most recent Feeding America Map the Meal Gap study (based on 2018 figures) shows that 37 million Americans – or 1 out of 9 people – and 11 million children are food insecure, meaning they lack access to healthy, nutritious food. Arizona ranks 14th highest for child food-insecurity at 19% and about 937,300 Arizonans (311,390 children) are living with food insecurity. United Food Bank works with 165+ nonprofit partner agencies and programs to provide emergency food assistance to Arizonans living in poverty and struggling to put food on the table by acquiring large amounts of healthy food. In 2020, United Food Bank distributed 22.5 million meals, a 20 percent increase over our distribution in 2019.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency & Supplemental Food Assistance

United Food Bank, through its network of 165+ partner agencies and programs, serves the urgent food needs of a diverse population of low-income children, families, senior citizens, the working poor, disabled and otherwise disadvantaged adults, and homeless throughout Eastern Maricopa, Gila, Pinal, Southern Navajo and Southern Apache Counties.

$1 = 5 meals: United Food Bank can turn every dollar donated into 5 meals, and 96 cents of every dollar goes directly back into hunger relief operations.

United Food Bank provides about 75,000 meals every day.

The Emergency and Supplemental Food Assistance Program provides funds and food sources to serve our various programs which are described below:

COMMUNITY PARTNER NETWORK/EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES: We provide bulk food to a network of community organizations in various ways for different programs. This network of agencies distributes the food through their programs like soup kitchens, residential facilities, senior programs, and mobile pantries.

BACKPACK (BUDDY BAG) PROGRAM: School often serves as the best way for low-income children to stay nourished and fed through free and reduced meal programs. When school is not in session, these children might miss meals. Students who are at the highest level of food insecurity are identified by with nutritious, child-friendly, easily-prepared school staff. United Food Bank provides backpack buddy bags filled 6 meals and 4 snacks which are discretely distributed to the child before the weekend or holiday break.

SCHOOL PANTRY PROGRAM: We provide food to various schools for on-site family pantries. Each site provides children and families emergency food boxes with an average of 31 pounds of fresh produce, fruit and dairy to prepare balanced meals.

KIDS CAFE: We currently partner with several after-school programs to provide at-risk children with free nutritious meals and snacks through Title 1 Schools and other valued community partners. These programs provide a safe environment where children engage in a variety of educational, recreational, and social activities.

HELPING HANDS: Emergency Food Boxes are provided to first responders, such as police and fire personnel, and second responders such as child welfare caseworkers and hospice volunteers, to provide a family with food to sustain them in times of emergency or food crisis.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Agency of the Year 2011

Mesa United Way

Agency of the Year 2018

Mesa United Way

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Affiliations & memberships

Member of Feeding America 2021

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Emergency & Supplemental Food Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

United Food Bank feeds hungry people in Arizona by distributing food through a network of community agencies an partners. The numbers represent individuals served through UFB's nonprofit partners.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Emergency & Supplemental Food Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

United Food Bank provides pounds of fresh and nonperishable wholesome pounds of food that are converted to meals. 1.2 lbs = 1 meal.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To end hunger in Arizona by providing access to nutritious food through community partnerships, food distribution and education in Eastern Maricopa County, Gila and Pinal County, and Southern Navajo and Apache Counties.

To increase the amount of quality food distributed through community partner agencies across Arizona; increase the number of donors (monthly, major, corporate and retail) to enable United Food Bank to shrink the meal gap, expand use of social media to educate, advocate and engage the region we serve; advocacy and education regarding hunger as it presents itself in our region with local, regional, state and national leaders; provide our community partners and clients with the best customer and food service possible. Distribute TEFAP and expand our Mobile Pantry Program to cover the holes in emergency food access experienced in rural communities; increase Retail Rescue Food donations; improve and expand trucking fleet to assure quality of food delivered, on time and in excellent condition to community partners; and implement the Link2Feed client tracking system to improve reporting and tracking to help us understand the needs of the communities we serve.

A well-qualified staff of 40+ and a volunteer force of 3,500+, United Food Bank is able to receive and distribute emergency and supplemental food. We are a member of Feeding America and the Association of Arizona Food Banks which elevates our ability to collaborate and coordinate our work. Our facilities meet our needs for both storage, handling and distribution capacity. A fleet of refrigerated tractor-trailers, refrigerated box trucks and other vehicles pick up and deliver needed food that goes out as meals through our 165+ community partners and programs. This system of warehouses and vehicles, in addition to our highly qualified staff, allows us to distribute about 2 million pounds of food to our community partners each month - 35% of which is fresh produce. UFB is recognized as fully compliant with all Feeding America member contract standards, as well as achieving all of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance Standards.

In 2017/2018 fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 20,787,754 pounds of food totaling 17,323,128 meals to hungry people, 13,285,784 of which was distributed in Maricopa County mostly the form of emergency food boxes. Arizona saw a 1% decrease in food insecurity, which we see as good news, especially to the 50,000 people who are no longer food insecure and have been lifted out of poverty and are living a more stable life. We expanded our refrigerated (cooler) space which will enable us to acquire and distribute double the amount of fresh food to hungry people. Some of the challenges we face are the growing needs in our areas, related to the deep pockets of poverty in rural and remote areas of our region that require more resources in terms of trucking product long distances. This year our goal is to continue to improve our warehouse and trucking fleet, and continue to reduce food insecurity across Arizona by raising awareness, increasing revenue, and shrinking the meal gap.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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United Food Bank

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Raveen Arora

Spices and More, The Dhaba

Term: 2020 - 2021


Board co-chair

Ms. Jason Porter

Arizona Industrial Commission

Term: 2020 - 2021

Mike Suriano

Southwest Foodservice Excellence

David Plumb

Navopache Electric (Retired)

Cathy Clarson

Fry's Food Stores PLC

Kelly Donley-Williams

Mercy Care (Aetna)

Jeffrey Edouard

Flox Customs LLC

Trevor Hansen

Thomas Printworks

Linde Harned

HR Consultant

Dennis Runyan

Comp Ray, Inc.

Rustyn Sherer

Arizona Public Service (APS)

Michael Soelberg

City of Mesa, Police Department

Kevin Thompson

City of Mesa

Christopher Wodarcyk

Empire Southwest, LLC

Sonia Martinez

Law Offices of Sonia Martinez

Mariann Ward

Salt River Project (Retired)

Bill Warren

Boeing

Jennifer Holsman Tetreault

US Foods, Inc.

Scott Kooiman

The Kenny Klaus Team/Keller Williams

Christina La Porte

Experience Scottsdale (Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Jill Norgaard

Former State Representative-LD18, Arizona State House

Marty Rios

East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Joseph Shelley

City of Show Low Police

Nicole Washington

Dignity Healthy, Mercy Gilbert

Jennifer Wargo

Waste Management of Arizona

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data