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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: United Food Bank provides access to nutritious food for those who are without by serving as a community bridge between those who want to help and those who are in need.

Programs: Emergency Food Program Community Network Distribution Kids Cafe Food for Thought Children's Enrichment Helping Hands Help Yourself

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

United Food Bank/globe-miami location:
I dont mean to complain, but is there a certain time between your hours of operation (M-F 9am - 11:45pm -- closed first Wed & third Thurs of the month) that anyone seeking food should come to your pantry when there is actually more food on the shelves, and not just the boxed food. The reason why I ask is that today, Nov 8, 2018, I brought a friend to the pantry by 9:00am when the pantry opens and my friend said that all that was on the shelves was breads, a small box of some kind of small yellow fruit that was not too good (I dont think this friend needs to be sicker eating foods dangerous for their medical condition), 2 bags of coleslaw, and 3 boxes of spinach leaves. My friend took pictures covertly, and we are sorry for doing this but this seems to be an ongoing issue. Now my biggest complaint is this...is that as my friend was just leaving the pantry, the United Food Bank/Globe-Miami white truck pulled up with food to unload for the pantry and right behind them were at least 7 or so vehicles getting out to get in line for the pantry. I took a video of the entire scenario and for good reason and that is because for the past year I and others notice that certain people are tipped off by someone associated with the pantry when to come to the pantry when there will be lots of food items on the shelves to select from and better selection of food items in the boxes. I've been taking pictures and videos all along because it has been noticed that you barely put food out on the shelves when certain people show up and then put out more food on the shelves when certain other people show up and this goes on between 9am to 12noon each day. I feel that this is wrong! I am a senior citizen and what I see is favoritism going on. I am not about to release my name or the names of others who see this because of fear of passive-aggressive retaliation. The pictures and videos are used because documentation can be altered or not documented. I have heard all the excuses as to why there is no available food, but what I see is incompetency & deliberate favoritism from pantry workers & leaders who decide who is in need & who is not in need of nutritional help. I didn't know Christians actually behave in such a way, especially in administering humanitarian aid. Everybody needs help...everybody! This nonsense of my family & friends count more than your family & friends is utter nonsense and non-christian & non-humanitarian. Family is everyone! The Human Family! No one in your office checks people who are on food assistance that would tell you household size and how much food from the pantry is to be dispensed and how often they can get food from the pantry per month, such as dispensing point tickets for picking out your food. Income, housing issues, or people on social security are rarely considered. The number or point ticket system is based on all food items marked with 1,2, 3, 4, etc that allows poeple to pick their food instead of the pantry dispensing what they want to dispense. This points system eliminates people having no choice but to be given food that they can't eat due food allergies or foods that they cannot eat due to medical conditions such as diabetes, gluten intolerance, protein disorders,insulin resistance etc.and this eliminates food waste. Another issue is the dispensing of certain meat products that are on recall. Other issues that need to be addressed are access to other resources such as Commodities Food that is separate from the Food Banks. I have heard of Food Help at Walmart, but again the info is not made openly available to all people seeking food assistance, just to people in the know are told. Again this is wrong, very wrong. Aren't there any Homeless Shelters in this area who can help with food & more to the homeless, because I dont see any? I dont think that these issues will be addressed properly and fairly, so just to let you know that I have decided to go to state representatives and the presidential contacts with these concerns especially in rural areas.
Sincerely, Emily Bechtol

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love working with the United Food Bank and helping the community. I have never met so many people with such a commitment to making an impact and who truly go above and beyond to help others!

Peg A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

United Food Bank is an amazing group of people--it does so much with so little! 98% of money coming in goes towards services and programs--getting food out to UFB's member agencies and providing food-filled backpacks for schoolkids on Fridays, and many other programs. UFB is able to do all this work because they have very dedicated staff, and many volunteers. If you donate $1.00, you will be providing 4.5 meals for hungry people in their service area--because UFB can leverage the money you give and make it go so much further! It amazed me when I found out that 1 in 4 kids in Arizona is food insecure--not knowing where their next meal will come from. (the situation is almost as bad for Seniors). UFB especially needs money and food donations when the holidays are over--many people give to food banks around Thanksgiving or Christmas. The need is great all year round....any donation will go very far!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Glenn Beck made me increase my donations. I have donated for years and fully support the United Food Bank and the excellent and responsible way it serves others. Glenn Beck is constantly encouraging his viewers to take responsibility and take care of others. As a result of his constant encouragement to do more I have tripled the amount I give to this food bank and plan to do the same with other well run charities that help neighbors take care of neighbors.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have made donations to the United Food Bank for several years. It is a service that we support as it is local, helping people in our own area. We have always received a prompt response with a hand written note stating that our donation will help many people; we know that our donation is needed and appreciated.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

A very good way to put even a few dollars towards feeding those in our neighborhoods that are hungry. A little goes a very long way.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I got a new PO box and received a letter from the United Food Bank meant for the previous owner. The letters continued to come after returning several to the post office desk. God put it in my heart to open one of them. The letter expressed the concern why the original owner of the PO Box had stopped donating. I took it upon myself to continue with the donations because I have been homeless and hungry. Several organizations fed me during that time. I feel like it was God's will and I will continue to donate in the name of Jesus, because it is his works.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

United Food Bank provides needed services and ensures that the dollars I donate are used in the best possible way. If you are unsure of where to apply your charitable monies to make the most difference, a trusted source such as United Food Bank is the right place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our subdivision is a former working citrus grove in SE Phoenix. United Food Bank has partnered with my neighborhood for 5 years now by providing us with volunteers to pick our excess fruit, boxes and pallets to collect this fruit and then picking it all up to take back to their facility. They in turn give this fruit to people who need and want it. It is a win-win for all of us. We are so grateful to UFB for all of the time and energy they put into transfering this wealth of healthy citrus to others when we cannot. Mrs. Yazzie is tireless in her efforts to provide a service to US...and then to others. We would be lost without UFB and their dedication to using the excess fruit of the southeast valley to feed those in need.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have sent many of my co-workers and others that needed affordable and nutritious food. One of many programs that this organization offers is the purchase of a low cost box of food. This helps families that have had to cut back dramatically on their food budget in order to pay other bills. This helps the family that lost their only source of income due to layoffs. This food box often is the only food a family is able to purchase for their household. United Food Bank is an asset to the the 5 counties it serves with its variety of programs.

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Ivan M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an organization that is making a huge positive difference in Arizona. UFB supplies many nonprofit organizations that feed thousands of hungry families in Arizona. The organization is well run and every effort is made in sharing as much money from donations to the people that need it. If you are looking for worthy cause, that is making a huge difference on many families in Arizona, please contact them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

United Food Bank (UFB) is an efficient, client-friendly, forward-looking organization that provides food for local agenies to distribute to their clients. UFB has adopted several innovative procedures such as conducting a nutrient analysis of their food in order to offer high nutrient foods; they reorganized their food pick-up and delivery schedules to lower gasoline expenses and staff time; and they have expanded their network of grocer donors. UFB managers and staff are always open to new ideas. If you, your family, or your "group" are ever looking for a valuable community project, United Food Bank is an ideal agency to partner with!

Review from Guidestar