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Arizona member efforts garner national volunteer award

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Thanks to a seven-year partnership between the Tucson Community Food Bank and Arizona Church members, the national coalition of food banks, called America's Second Harvest, has honored the Church with its national Outstanding Volunteer Group award. This tribute is in recognition of the thousands of hours of service provided by members of the Church.

Since November more than a million meals have been served through the partnership. The food bank provides 100-pound bags of rice and beans and, three nights a week, up to 100 Church volunteers gather at the LDS cannery in Tucson to package the food into family-sized meals. Each month, about 50,000 pounds of food is repackaged, and returned to the food bank for distribution.

This service has been provided for the past seven years by volunteers at both the Tucson and Mesa LDS Canneries.