The wonderful ladies of the Las Quintas Oaisis RV Resort put together a Luncheon and Fashion Show with "canned good" donations to the Food Bank.  It was a nice event had by all!  Thank you for all the new recipe ideas and for honoring the Yuma Community Food Bank!


As we start winding down 2016 there is so much to be thankful for!  I want t thank this AMAZING Community! In the few months that I have joined the YCFB, I have been so blessed to work with so many kind people in our community and here at the Yuma Community Food Bank.  The dedicated volunteers that arrive each day to help sort food, work in the warehouse, fill the bags of food, check-in the families to receive food, your gracious attitudes to help and make the Yuma Community Food Bank is beyond words, a mere thank you is not enough, but thank you...thank you...thank you...ALL the guys in the work so hard to make sure that our families in need are taken care of...the behind-the-scenes, WOW! You guys are fantastic...Miss Fannie, how much you love ALL your volunteers and boy do they LOVE you!!!  Maria, greeting each person as they come in to the office with your kindness and compassion...Fred, Samatha, Maria and Travis how you make the Agency roll and run smoothly...and Shara, we are so lucky to have you... you have the vision and the love and drive to make the Yuma Community Food Bank continue to thrive..Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2017!


                                                        REDUCE YOUR ARIZONA TAX LIABILITY

        Reduce your 2016 Arizona tax liability as you help alleviate hunger in Yuma and La Paz Counties!

Arizona law provides a credit for cash contributions made to certain charitable organizations that provide help to the needy in their community.  The Arizona Department of Revenue recognizes Yuma Community Food Bank as a 2016 Charitable Organization.

You can take a charitable tax credit of up to $400.00 (single filer) or up to $800.00 (if filing jointly) annually.

To receive this charitable tax credit, you must:

  • Itemize your Arizona tax return
  • Make a monetary donation no later than 12/31/2016
  • Claim your tax credit using AZDOS Form 321
For more information on the Charitable Organization Tax Credit, contact the Arizona Department of Revenue at 800.352.4090 or

This information is provided as a service for our friends.  It does not replace formal tax guidance.  Please discuss any and all charitable intentions with your tax advisor.


The Land O Lakes Foundation was established in 1996.  The Foundation awards community grants to projects that develop and strengthen organizations that are dedicated to hunger relief, education and the community. Yuma Community Food Bank was recognized by the Foundation to support the Yuma Community Food Bank. Land O' Lakes delivered and donated 40,000 lbs. of LAND O LAKES Macaroni & Cheese to the Yuma Community Food Bank.  Shara Merten, CEO of Yuma Community Food Bank, Doug Urdahl, Agronomy Service Center Manager, Winfield United, a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O' Lakes, Inc., Reynaldo Galindo, Customer Development Manager, Winfield United, a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O' Lakes, Inc., Patti Michael, Customer Service Representative, Winfield United, a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O Lakes, Inc., Kari Tater, Development Coordinator, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Brian Geren, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer of 1st Bank Yuma, and Valerie Millsom, Community Relations & Event Coordinator for YCFB all had the privilege to participate in the event. This will be distributed throughout the community to the different soup kitchens and families right here in Yuma.  Yuma Community Food Bank wants to thank Land O' Lakes for allowing Yuma Community Food Bank to be recognized and honored to receive this donation!


We were blessed to receive a food donation from the United Methodist Women, and then we just received a check from them in the amount of $766.85 which represents the proceeds from their recent Journey to Bethlehem.  We want to thank all of you for helping the local families here in Yuma and wish you all a Merry Christmas!


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