Wells Fargo Conducts Drive in Support of Arizona Food Banks

Wells Fargo is pleased to announce it is conducting its annual summer food drive to collect donations for food banks throughout Arizona July 15 to 30.  The event remains the only statewide food drive held in Arizona – with collection bins in all Community Banking stores throughout the state.Donations will benefit members of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which collectively distributed over 134 million pounds of food last year – a record enough to provide 287,029 meals every day through 1,600 sites.  People who wish to donate cash can send checks to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, 2100 N. Central Ave., Ste. 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004.  Donations also may be made online at http://www.azfoodbanks.org.

“All of our team members at Wells Fargo are excited to help with this food drive,” said Pam Conboy, regional president for Wells Fargo Regional Banking in Arizona.  “Last summer we collected 70 tons of food, equivalent to over 109,000 meals, and this year we hope to provide even more.  Ensuring the sustainability of our communities is at the heart of our Vision & Values and I couldn’t be more proud of our team helping to support this important event.”

With the changes in the economy, the needs of families and individuals around the state have grown.  According to the Association of Arizona Food banks:

  • 1 in 5 (20%) of Arizonans live in poverty ($22,350 or less for a family of four)
  • 1 in 4 (25%) of Arizona children under the age of 18 live in poverty
  • 15% of Arizonans, including 24% of our children, are food insecure and do not have enough to eat
  • 1 in 3 Arizonans are considered “working poor” and may not have enough to eat

“Local food shelves that are filled during holiday season collection drives in the fall are nearly depleted by summer,” said Ginny Hildebrand, President and CEO, Association of Arizona Food Banks.  “A food drive at this time of year will go a long way in helping meet critical needs and we couldn’t thank Wells Fargo enough for their continued support and efforts.”

About Wells Fargo

In Arizona, Wells Fargo has 14,000 team members and 262 stores. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.2 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With approximately 280,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 23 on Fortune’s 2011 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

Community Food Banks Receiving Donations from local Wells Fargo Store Teams:

The Valley and nearby cities:

  • · St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
  • · United Food Bank

Northern Arizona and River Cities:

  • · St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance (Flagstaff)
  • · Yavapai Food Bank
  • · Dessert Mission Food Bank
  • · Salvation Army (Bullhead/Laughlin Corps)
  • · Yuma Community Food Bank
  • · Lake Havasu Community Food Bank
  • · Kingman Area Food Bank
  • · Shepherd’s Kitchen Food Bank
  • · Gila Community Food Bank
  • · Love Kitchen, Inc.
  • · Food Bank of Payson
  • · Whiteriver Assembly of God
  • · Sedona Community Food Bank

Tucson and Southern Arizona:

  • · Community Food Bank
  • · St. Vincent de Paul Community Food Bank

Yuma, Nogales, Douglas:

  • · Nogales Community Food Bank
  • · Yuma Community Food Bank (Yuma/Parker)
  • · Douglas Area Food Bank