Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram fills truck bed with food donations for United Food Bank

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    "Big" Al Heggs, of Superstition Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, asked customers and staff to bring in non-perishable food items to the East Mesa showroom during the month of July. The donations were enough to fill the bed of a red 2016 Dodge Ram pick-up on July 28 when he presented it to Mesa-based United Food Bank. (Submitted photo)

    To support Mesa-based United Food Bank and its “Christmas in July” food drive, Superstition Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram asked customers and staff to bring in non-perishable food items to its showroom in East Mesa during the month of July. The donations were enough to fill the bed of a red 2016 Dodge Ram pick-up.

    "Big" Al Heggs, of Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, hands Ginny Hildebrand, United Food Bank's CEO, a check for $2,500 on July 29 as part of the “Christmas in July” food drive. (Rick Flowers/MyNewsMesa.com)
    “Big” Al Heggs, of Superstition Springs Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, hands Ginny Hildebrand, United Food Bank’s CEO, a check for $2,500 on July 29 as part of the “Christmas in July” food drive. (Rick Flowers/MyNewsMesa.com)

    The food in the truck totaled 860 pounds, which will create 717 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in the United Food Bank’s service area of the East Valley and eastern Arizona. The real surprise came on July 29 when “Big” Al Heggs handed Ginny Hildebrand, United Food Bank’s CEO, a check for $2,500.

    “It was great to see how much food their customers and staff donated,” said Hildebrand. “But the real surprise came when Big Al handed me the check. Because our buying power allows us to purchase food at a much lower price, the donation will allow us to distribute more than 12,000 pounds of food, and ultimately provide 10,000 meals for hungry people in our community. We can’t thank them enough.”

    “Christmas in July” is an annual food drive competition, between local chambers of commerce in the East Valley and eastern Arizona, to see who can raise the most money and collect the most non-perishable food to help stock the shelves of United Food Bank during the month of July. This year, participation has increased to an all-time high with more than 140 local businesses from the Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, and East Valley Hispanic chambers of commerce hosting food drives at their local businesses.

    Visit unitedfoodbank.org for more information.

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