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Organ Stop recognized for stellar performance in United Food Bank food drive challenge

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From left: Mesa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sally Harrison; Jack Barz, co-owner of Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa; and Ginny Hildebrand, president and CEO of United Food Bank. (Kelly Mixer/MyNewsMesa.com)

Jack Barz, co-owner of Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, was presented a trophy and other awards for his restaurant’s stellar performance in the United Food Bank Christmas in July Food Drive Challenge, an annual summer food drive that aims to help stock the local food bank’s shelves.

“When you want something fun and unique to do in Mesa you go to Organ Stop,” said Ginny Hildebrand, president and CEO of United Food Bank. “His employees collected 531 pounds of food each. They collected more than any other business at $3,509 and then Jack matched up to $5,000.”

Barz delivered 214 pounds of food himself to help win the “Most Pounds of Food Collected Overall by an Individual Business” and “Most Dollars Raised Overall by an Individual Business” awards.

The Mesa-based food bank set records for this year’s summer food drive with 144 participants providing 86,000 meals to those in need.

“Throughout July local businesses support the United Food Bank and we appreciate you lighting our Christmas tree this July,” Hildebrand said at September’s “Mesa Morning Live.”

The Mesa Chamber of Commerce received the “Chamber Award” for collecting more than 48,000 meals this past July.

“I’m sincerely grateful to the East Valley chambers and all their members for making Christmas in July so successful. Last year we received enough food to provide over 69,000 meals and this year it increased to over 85,000 meals,” Hildebrand said. “I’m always amazed to see our community come together and support United Food Bank in this way.”

Organ Stop has been a Valley favorite for 45 years. Home to the nation’s largest Wurlitzer pipe organ, the unique pizza restaurant is a favorite entertainment destination for all ages.

Organ Stop Pizza is located at 1149 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa. For more information, call 480-813-5700 or visit www.organstoppizza.com.

– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at kmixer@mynewsmesa.com.

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