Tempe Diablos Host Annual 'Feed the Need' Food Drive
By Claire Natale -
Friday Dec 23, 2022
TEMPE â€“ The Tempe Diablos and Tempe Diablos Charities partnered with Tempe Elementary School District, the Arizona Coyotes and United Food Bank to host their annual â€œFeed the Needâ€ food drive, a fundraising effort to combat food insecurity in Tempe and surrounding neighborhoods.
The organizations came together at McClintock High School in Tempe to provide Thanksgiving meal baskets consisting of green beans, corn, stuffing and a turkey to 300 families.
â€œThe holiday season is a perfect time to give back, and we are fortunate we are able to do that each year,â€ said Mike DiDomenico, Tempe Diablos President. â€œWe are grateful to be able to work with amazing organizations to bring this event to life and help those in need.â€
The families were chosen by the Tempe Elementary School District, which was searching for community members who would greatly benefit from this event and the donations.
â€œOur partnership with the Tempe Diablos is a very special one,â€ said Michele Grimaldi, Tempe Elementary Director of Wraparound Services. â€œThey help provide for our school district and in our community in many different ways, and they wanted to do something special for the holidays that would really make an impact on the community. Because of this event, more than a thousand people were supported with a holiday meal.â€
In 2020, the groups raised funds and donated more than $13,000 worth of nonperishable food items. In 2021, the donation amount increased to $23,000.
"The Diablos are incredibly important in our community, and they bridge businesses, business leaders, the community and other organizations like ours, especially where our missions align,â€ said Nadia Rivera, Coyotes Chief Impact Officer and Executive Director of Foundation and Community Impact. â€œSupporting each other augments our contributions to the community, and this event was about two like-minded organizations coming together to do something impactful because we can do more together."
About Tempe Diablos
The Tempe Diablos are a group of community leaders, business executives and driven individuals dedicated to enhancing the City of Tempe and surrounding neighborhoods. For more than 50 years, members of the Tempe Diablos have donated their time, resources, talents and money to provide scholarships, grants and more to Tempe youth, education and charitable programs. Since the groupâ€™s inception in 1968, the group has donated approximately $17 million to local nonprofits, while providing leadership that creates worthwhile opportunities for the children of Tempe. For more information about the groupâ€™s mission, visit http://www.TempeDiablos.org.