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‘Tis the season to be giving: United Food Bank Christmas in July Food Drive Challenge underway

Organ Stop Pizza has decked its halls to get patrons in the holiday spirit for 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. (Jennifer Albaeck/Special to MyNewsMesa.com)

Join Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa as they deck the halls and get in the holiday spirit for the United Food Bank Christmas in July Food Drive Challenge.

Bring in at least two approved “non-perishable” food items now through July 31 and receive 10 percent off your entire kitchen bill that evening while enjoying The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Christmas in July is an annual food drive in the summer that aims to help stock United Food Bank’s shelves in Mesa. Food bank officials say summer is the hardest time of the year for many individuals and families in Arizona. Kids are out of school, meaning parents have the added pressure of providing more food. Temperatures rise, making electric bills higher—forcing families to make tough decisions like choosing between paying bills or paying for food. With the help of generous Mesa residents, the local food bank will be able to continue to help those who struggle daily for food this summer. Due to the campaign, meals will be delivered to senior citizens, fewer children will go to bed hungry, and many parents will worry less, food bank officials said.

“When you drop off donations for this food drive in July you will be able to step out of the triple-digit temps into the spirit of the holidays,” Organ Stop Pizza co-owner Jack Barz said. “We’ll deck the Mighty Wurlitzer and walls with a Christmas feel. Jingle all the way to Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa and help a worthy cause.”

Organ Stop Pizza will match cash donations up to $5,000 from customers. In addition, Lew Williams Christmas CD “Holiday Pipes” will be on sale for $13.95. For each copy sold in July, $2 will be donated to United Food Bank in Mesa.

Most needed items are: cash donations, peanut butter, canned meat, canned fruit and vegetables, cereal—whole grain, low sugar, soup, stews, chili, beans, milk—canned/dried, rice and pasta. (No glass jars, baby food, or opened food).

Organ Stop Pizza is located at 1149 E. Southern Ave. in Mesa. For more information, visit: www.organstoppizza.com.

For more information about United Food Bank, visit www.unitedfoodbank.org or contact Melissa Forrester at mforrester@unitedfoodbank.org.

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

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