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Haul Across America Tour Arrives in Mesa, AZ

Fort Smith, Arkansas (October 29, 2007) —

On November 5th at 10:30 a.m. the national “Haul Across America” tour will arrive at the United Food Bank, located at 358 East Javelina in Mesa. A moving story about a life touched by hunger relief from the area will be added to a growing collection from across the U.S.

The collection of stories, gathered by ABF U-Pack Moving®, began its journey October 17th in Portland, Oregon and will make several stops on the way to the nation’s capital. The United Food Bank in Mesa has been selected as a stopping point. The stories are carried in an ABF truck and headed for Washington D.C. Upon arrival on March 1st the stories will be presented for recognition.

The goal of the “Haul Across America” is to increase awareness about the realities of hunger in the U.S. The effort hopes to bring the understanding that behind every hunger statistic there is a story of an individual, a child or family that needed assistance. These are also stories of how a food banks and communities affect the lives of those in need. The largest growing segment currently in need of emergency hunger assistance in the U.S. is the working poor. This segment of the population does not qualify for government assistance and many come to food banks for help.

The United Food Bank in Mesa is a member of America’s Second Harvest-The Nation’s Food Bank Network - the largest charitable hunger relief organization in the country. Donna Rodgers, Director of Resource Development for United Food Bank says, “We are very excited to be part of this effort. We want the public to know that there are hungry people out there and they have a story. We want to add a story from Mesa to the collective voice and let everyone know the needs.”

The “Haul Across America” tour is a part of the U-Pack-A-BackPack initiative – a national virtual food drive to fight childhood hunger. This is a joint effort between The America’s Second Harvest Network and ABF U-Pack Moving®. All donations to the virtual food drive at will be tracked by zip code and remain in the communities in which they are raised. Local contributions will be utilized to support area food bank programs that help feed children and their families.

The public is invited to attend the event. For more information or to donate, visit www.U-PackaBackPack.org

Established in 1983, United Food Bank began operation in Mesa, Arizona. Our mission is to provide access to nutritious food for those who are without, serving as a community bridge between those who want to help and those who are in need. United Food Bank defines its work as "Neighbors Helping Neighbors." Our decision making is always measured by our values which promote the alleviation of hunger, the importance of nutrition, outcomes of self-sufficiency and independence, while preserving at all times the self-esteem and dignity of the individual.

For more information on the United Food Bank go to www.unitedfoodbank.org or contact Donna Rodgers 480-926-4897.

America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the country with more than 200 Member food banks and food-rescue organizations serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Network supports approximately 50,000 local charitable agencies operating more than 90,000 programs including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and Kids Cafes. Last year they provided food assistance to more than 25 million people in the United States. For more on the America’s Second Harvest Network, please visit www.secondharvest.org or contact Mathew Killion 312-641-6646 mkillion@secondharvest.org.

ABF U-Pack Moving is an affordable, convenient residential moving solution. In operation since 1923, ABF Freight System, Inc.® is one of North America’s oldest and most reputable motor carriers. The project U-Pack-A-Backpack launched in September 2007 to raise funds and increase awareness for childhood hunger. It is designed to benefit school backpack programs and other hunger relief services. For more information visit www.upack.com, www.U-PackABackPack.org.

For more information contact:
Kay Lynn Clay