The Wells Fargo stagecoach is well-known for making deliveries, but in Tucson, Arizona, it’s also known for something else: Collecting food for the annual Stuff the Stagecoach Holiday Food Drive.
For the past 15 years, Wells Fargo and KOLD-TV News 13 have teamed up to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
This year, the stagecoach was in the parking lot of the Oracle and Orange Grove banking store in Tucson. Hundreds of people visited, donating 2,182 pounds of food and $4,707, which topped 2013 totals for the drive.
Volunteers packed canned goods, rice, pasta, cereal, and peanut butter into the stagecoach for more than 13 hours on Dec. 3. Wells Fargo team members also contributed several bags of food on top of the company’s $3,000 donation.
Lou Medran, the food bank’s special events manager, says, “Nothing can buy the kind of exposure we get from working with Wells Fargo and KOLD on Stuff the Stagecoach, which lets everyone know what the problem really is. We know from experience that when many of the people we serve get back on their feet, they go on to become volunteers, contributors, and, in some cases, even employees of the food bank.”
Lou says that the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona gets 75 percent of its donations during the fourth quarter and uses the drive to stock food bank branches in Amado, Green Valley, Marana and Nogales.
“It was such a great day filled with so much holiday spirit,” says Wells Fargo’s Tucson Mountain Ridge District Manager Mandie Granzella about the food drive. “The people of Tucson are very community oriented so they love being involved in events that help their community ― and having the stagecoach here is a huge draw.”
“It’s something we look forward to each year,” says Maureen Dallago, who helped coordinate the drive for Wells Fargo, “and a great way for us to help the most vulnerable in our community when they need it most.”