UA COMMUNITY JOINS TOGETHER TO FEED HUNGRY CHILDREN
A staggering 50,000 children are living below poverty level in Pima County. UA4Food, the University of Arizona’s annual food drive, is bringing together faculty, staff, student groups and local merchants to raise food and the money to buy food to benefit the Community Food Bank’s Snak Paks for Kids™ program.
Snak Paks for Kids™ helps children who receive reduced cost lunches at school by filling back packs with nutritious snacks every Friday so they don’t go hungry over the weekend. “Last year UA4Food focused on the Snak Paks for Kids™ program and the results were amazing,” said Holly Altman, Outreach Coordinator for the UA Office of Community Relations. “Our monetary donations grew from $7,000 in 2005 to over $42,000 in 2006. The UA campus and local business community responded to the message that hungry children are less likely to succeed at school. Hundreds of people reached out to help.”
As a result of UA’s successful drive last year, the Community Food Bank has expanded the Snak Paks program to include eight schools. According to Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie, “The UA4Food project has made a huge impact on our efforts to reach hungry children in Pima County. We are deeply grateful for the University’s assistance in this battle.”
This year’s UA4Food partners include the Main Gate Square Merchants Association, Marshall Foundation, Project Volunteer, Spring Fling, Pan-Hellenic Council, UA Bookstore, Arizona Athletics, ASUA and Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAK).
UA4Food events take place from February 27 – April 30, with the Main Gate Square Kick Off taking place on Friday, March 2, from 5-8 pm.
Pauline Hechler, Community Food Bank, 622-0525 ext. 234 or 668-8208
Holly Altman, University of Arizona, 626-4671
Jaime Gutierrez, University of Arizona, 621-3316 or 822-7852