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2 Arizona nonprofits recognized by Bank of America for performance

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PHOENIX— Two Arizona nonprofits were recognized by Bank of America with the Neighborhood Builder award on Wednesday.

St. Vincent de Paul and United Food Bank were each awarded $200,000 in recognition of being high-performing nonprofits in communities.

As part of the Neighborhood Builder award, the nonprofits will also receive leadership development, join a network of peer organizations across the U.S. and have the opportunity to access capital to expand their impact in the Phoenix community.

“Our Neighborhood Builder program is an important investment in the community,” Benito Almanza, Bank of America market president for Arizona, said in a press release. “And the return on that investment is stronger, healthier families, more vibrant neighborhoods and a better quality of life for those who need a helping hand. St. Vincent de Paul and United Food Bank are doing life-changing work for so many families in need.”

St. Vincent de Paul feeds, clothes, and houses individuals and families through its programs.

According to the release, the nonprofit will use funds from the Neighborhood Builder grant to expand the center’s case management service and assist with its homelessness prevention programs for families.

United Food Bank serves low-income people by distributing food through its network of partners. In 2018, the nonprofit distributed 17 million meals to more than 400,000 people.

The food bank will utilize its grant money to pilot new mobile applications that are expected to decrease food waste and deliver to more people in need. This initiative will also pilot alternative uses of food waste to keep it out of landfills.

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