MDA Sets Up Collection Point to Aid Community Food Bank

The Muscular Dystrophy Association will assist the Community Food Bank by establishing a food collection point at MDA national headquarters in Tucson this summer.

Through August 14, residents may drop off non-perishable items at the MDA main lobby, 3300 E. Sunrise Drive, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Among priority items needed are canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups, peanut butter, meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper and Rice-A-Roni), rice, beans and condiments.

MDA President and CEO Gerald C. Weinberg said MDA is glad to do whatever it can to assist those in need, especially in the current economic recession.

“MDA has been in the business of helping others for more than half a century,” Weinberg said. “We understand the need for everyone to pitch in and help.”

“Demand on the food bank has never been higher and we are thankful that MDA Headquarters has joined in the fight against hunger in our community,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank president/CEO. “We are hopeful additional organizations or businesses will join MDA in helping us provide for local families in need.”

The Community Food Bank was founded in 1976. Today the facility acquires, stores and distributes more than 16 million pounds of food annually throughout Southern Arizona.

MDA is a voluntary health agency supporting programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, advocacy and professional and public health education for muscular dystrophy and related diseases.

The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.