Desert Financial Credit Union will donate $500,000 in emergency funds to five Valley nonprofits supporting critical community needs in the wake of COVID-19. United Food Bank and St. Mary’s Food Bank will each receive $150,000 from the credit union, while Midwest and Desert Mission food banks will each receive $50,000. Valley of the Sun United Way will receive an additional $100,000.
“We are making this donation immediately in order to support these vital nonprofits with distributing essential resources,” says Jeff Meshey, president and CEO of Desert Financial. “We are a local credit union with an 80-year history in the Valley, and we are committed to helping this community—our community—through this unprecedented challenge.”
More than 650,000 Maricopa County households were struggling to meet basic needs as recently as last month, according to some sources. With the arrival and resulting fallout of COVID-19, that number has already increased exponentially.
St. Mary’s Food Bank reported that the demand for their emergency food boxes doubled overnight. United Food Bank was expecting to serve three times as many individuals in the coming week.
Desert Financial’s food bank donations are strategically placed to reach communities across the state, helping make more resources available to more of those in need.
The Valley of the Sun United Way donation will go to a COVID-19 response fund addressing critical needs as they arise.
Desert Financial plans to continue working with existing nonprofit partners and the broader community to identify emergency needs. Work has already begun in this area.