PHOENIX, AZ (Aug. 25) U.S. Foodservice (USF) in Arizona has added Tucson Community Foodbank to the roster of food pantries that receive donations and volunteer help to make sure those agencies assisting needy families have enough food to meet a huge spike in demand.
In addition, USF employees at both its Phoenix distribution facility and National Processing Center, near Ahwatukee, have been expanding their efforts to assist St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Phoenix, both of which are receiving more families seeking help than ever before.
"It is important for us to give back to the communities we serve," said Tom Kertis, president, U.S. Foodservice-Phoenix. "Our employees recognize this need and have increased their paycheck donations by 43 percent this year to support local food pantries. We hope our support can make life a little easier for the many hungry families served by these food bank operations in the Phoenix area, as well as those served by the Community Foodbank in Tucson."
According to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, overall demand is up 56 percent compared to last year, with demand in the month of May alone up 127 percent.