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Thunderbird Charities, Halle Foundation grants give United Food Bank clients greater access to fresh foods

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United Food Bank CEO and President Dave Richins with Warehouse Manager Randy Land, inspecting frozen food in the recently repaired freezer. (Special to MyNewsMesa.com)

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds, has awarded Mesa-based United Food Bank (UFB) a $60,000 grant to expand its refrigerated cooler.

A matching grant from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation has been secured to upgrade the existing refrigeration system to improve food safety and increase capacity. These vital steps will allow UFB to distribute additional fresh food offerings such as fruits, vegetables, milk, dairy and protein to its agencies who help feed hungry people in five-county service areas who don’t have enough food.

“As we work to address hunger in our region, we’re mindful of both the quantity and the nutritional quality of the foods we offer our partner agencies,” said Dave Richins, United Food Bank president and CEO. “Our capacity for serving hungry people more nutritious food options will be greatly increased due to the generosity of the Halle Foundation and Thunderbirds charities. We cannot thank them enough for their support and generosity.”

“We are excited to be able to help with the expansion and upgrade of the refrigerated cooler system at United Food Bank,” said Andy Markham, president of Thunderbirds Charities. “We’re extremely proud of this partnership with Halle Foundation. The value and benefits this project brings to the community is so impactful.”

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