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IFDA Partners Executive Forum Provides Boost to Arizona Food Banks

Attendees at last week’s IFDA Partners Executive Forum in Scottsdale, Arizona, donated nearly 2,500 pounds of food to local charities.

Held from January 29 to February 1 at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, the IFDA Partners Executive Forum is an annual meeting for senior leaders of foodservice manufacturer and distributor companies. At the conclusion of each Forum, attending food manufacturers are encouraged to donate unused product to IFDA’s local charity partner.

This year, 40 manufacturer companies donated an event-record 2,458 pounds of food to Waste Not, which distributed it to three organizations serving Arizonans:

  • 1,250 pounds went to an agency for people fleeing domestic violence, sex trafficking, abuse, and homelessness
  • 500 pounds went to the Helping With All My Heart church, serving low-income families and individuals
  • 708 pounds went to the Vista del Camino Food Bank

“IFDA and its member companies are honored to give back to an Arizona community that welcomed us with open arms,” said Mark S. Allen, IFDA President and CEO. “We thank all of our attendees for helping us deliver a record amount of food to local families in need.”

To learn more about IFDA and the foodservice distribution industry, visit For media inquiries, contact Meghan Cieslak, [email protected]/703.532.9950.

About the International Foodservice Distributors Association
The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) is the premier trade organization representing the $303 billion foodservice distribution industry and the 350,000 people it employs. This industry ensures a safe and efficient supply of food and products to more than one million restaurants and foodservice outlets in the U.S. every day. For more information, visit