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Community Food Bank to receive $20,000 grant

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Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1:40 pm

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona(CFBSA) will receive a $20,000 grant from The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF) on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.  The donation is part of a three-year, $1,000,000 grant from DDBRCF to the Feeding America partner food banks across the United States. The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is the local recipient. The funds will be used to support critical child hunger initiatives nationwide. The grant will help 1 in 4 children, who are at risk for hunger, in Arizona through the BackPack Program.

The check presentation will take place on June 10th at the Community Food Bank, Food Plus area at 3003 S. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85713.  Walter Thibodeau, Tucson Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee will present the $20,000 check to Michael McDonald, Food Bank CEO at 11:00 AM. Interview and photo opportunities will be available following the presentation.

The BackPack Program provides hungry children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available.  

“Over an estimated 456,000 Arizona Children struggle with food insecurity,” stated Michael McDonald, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  “This generous grant will help these children get through weekends when they may not have access to other food sources.”

These grant funds will be used to expand the CFBSA’s BackPack Program by increasing the number of children receiving weekend meals at high need schools currently being underserved.  An additional 13,824 pounds of food will be purchased to add 128 children to the program for the 2014-2015 school year.

According to Mitch Cohen, a Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-RobbinsFranchisee and Co-Chair of The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, “Dunkin’ Brands and its franchisees are committed to serving the basic needs of our communities throughout the country, each and every day. One of the most pressing needs facing our communities is the fight against hunger, particularly childhood hunger. We are proud to make the largest donation in the Foundation’s history to Feeding America to support this cause, and we look forward to continuing to partner with Feeding America member food banks in 2014 and beyond.”

The $1,000,000 DDBRCF grant, the largest donation in the Foundation's history, will be distributed among Feeding America member food banks across the United States over the next three years.  The DDBRCF has partnered with Feeding America at the national level since 2007 and, in addition to the most recent grant, has donated more than $1,000,000 over the past seven years to support Feeding America and its local food banks. Additionally, over the past seven years, the DDBRCF has addressed the issue of hunger relief through both national and local effort. Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins franchisees have held fundraisers to support local food banks, led food drives in the communities they serve and organized volunteer days at their local food banks to help fill backpacks with nutritious meals for children.

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