Valley View Community Food Bank’s Urgent Call for Monetary Donations Increases as The Need for Food Continues to Grow.
Summer is taking to take its toll and the food bank is in urgent need of monetary donations. It’s estimated that one in six residents in the Valley will rely on the food bank this year which means the food bank must rely on the community’s support in order to keep the food bank open and operational.
Valley View Community Food Bank is asking the community to help by making a cash donation to ensure that anyone in our community who needs a meal can get one. “The summers bring a lot of people and families to the food bank desperately looking for food” explains Jesse Ramirez, President and Founder. “With donations dramatically down, we need the public to help us not only meet the growing demand but to help keep our doors open.” When asked how summers affect the food bank; Mr. Ramirez said, “Summer brings higher electricity bills, higher food costs, higher gas prices and higher babysitting costs. This all affects low income families for the rest of the year, and unfortunately this is the time when we at the food bank get the least amount of donations or support. Without money donations we're limited on the amount of food we can get and we won’t have the funds to run this facility. Saying we are worried and stressed is an understatement.”
Jesse also explained, “we need wonderful supporters to answer our urgent call, if we don't have enough cash donations soon we could face the real possibility of losing our lease.” The food bank offers several ways you can give a donation including online by clicking here , by dropping off cash or a check at the food bank location: 10615 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 from 9am until 3pm Monday through Saturday or by calling (623) 933-3358. All funds will be allocated for food purchasing and towards the operations and running of the food bank facility.
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"Donations are down by over 65% and our shelves are half empty...this worries me a lot. With summer right around the corner, the need for food grows in AZ.
But I have to believe that our community will continue to support our mission to end hunger and God willing, we'll continue to be here to help those in need."
- Jesse Ramirez, president of Valley View Food Bank
Please consider donating to the food bank by clicking here. Our mission is supported by the community and without your help, the food bank cannot work towards ending hunger in Arizona. This is an urgent message and your support is greatly appreciated by Jesse, volunteers and the hungry. Thank you.
Valley View Community Food Bank is experiencing a very slow start for 2014. Donations are at a record low and food drives are down by 60%. This means the food bank is unable to buy food from their suppliers and there aren't enough food drives to help fill the shelves.
Our food bank employee Tommy, reported "there are more people coming in looking for food then there are people donating money or food. It's been a real challenge to keep up with the demand."
As we approach February and March, we are hoping the community is able to support the mission and help us prepare for the summer months (which in past years are the hardest time for the food bank as the need goes up and the donations go down). Please find out more about how you can help the food bank or please consider holding a food drive or making an online donation.
With your help we can end hunger in the community!
The food bank is in great need of a battery for our forklift. We use this important piece of equipment everyday to move donated food thru the warehouse and quickly into the hands of those in need. Without it, our process is affected dramatically and we won't have the manpower to keep up.
The battery is over $5,000 and so we are asking our supporters to please consider donating to our Truck and Equipment Fund. Your donation will allow us to buy the equipment and not tap into funds that are meant to buy food for our community. If you're interested in donating please click the button below. Thank you for your continued support! We appreciate any help you can provide. If you prefer to make a donation in person, please feel free to contact Jesse Ramirez at (623) 933-3358 or jesse@YourFoodBank.org
There's still time to get your donation in for The Working Poor Tax Credit. But hurry, it ends 12/31/2013.
Supporting the community and getting the credit for it has never been easier!
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Also recent state law changes mean you no longer need to itemize your state return to claim this credit.
Click here for more information. Want to drop off a check or cash donation instead? Please contact: Jesse Ramirez, firstname.lastname@example.org, (623) 297-9102
Always consult with a qualified, licensed professional regarding all legal or tax-related issues. Valley View Community Food Bank can not offer legal or tax advice.
We want to send a BIG THANK YOU to our friends at St. Harlombos Greek Orthodox Church for a large and much needed donation. St. Harlombos Greek Orthodox Church for their kind generous donation of $4,803.50!
This donation will help the food bank this holiday season as more and more people are in need for holiday meals. We are so blessed to have such wonderful supporters in the Valley! Thank you again!
Shown in photo are Flo Curran, Aphrodite Devolites, Thalin Zorbas, Father Michael Pallad, Roy Christian and Jesse Ramirez
The State of Arizona offers a tax credit to organizations that provide assistance to the working poor. This provision allows individuals to take a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for a donation to Valley View Community Food Bank. This donation can be in addition to the public school tax credit and the private school tax credit. Taxpayers filing as “single” and “head of household” status may claim a maximum credit of $200. Taxpayers who file as “married filing joint” may claim a maximum credit of $400.
Donating to the food bank allows you to help feed local Arizona families, children and elderly this holiday season and gives you the credit you deserve! Click here to find out more!
Valley View Community Food Bank hosts “Kick Off To The Holidays” Event To Ensure Every Family Receives a Holiday Meal
The food bank’s goal is to raise $50,000 and 1 million pounds of food during the next few months to ensure that anyone in our community who needs a meal can get one this holiday season and all year long.
The “Kickoff To The Holidays” event, Nov. 2, 2013, 10am -3pm located at the food bank is meant to create awareness about hunger in Arizona and to help raise much-needed funds for the Valley View Community Food Bank. The food bank is asking the community to help them raise $50,000 and 1 million pounds of food to ensure that anyone in our community who needs a meal can get one this holiday season. “We've already seen the need for food assistance grow in August and September by 40%” explains Jesse Ramirez, President and Founder. “With donations dramatically down, we need the public to help us not only meet the growing demand but to help keep us going past the holidays.” One in six residents in the Valley will rely on the food bank for a holiday meal this year.
The event will host an Open House for supporters to take a tour better understand the food bank and how it serves the community. The food bank also encourages attendees to bring three cans of food for a free raffle ticket and if you bring a turkey, “you'll earn 5 raffle tickets and a chance to win some fun prizes” explained Mr. Ramirez, “There will be live music, shopping, a 50/50 raffle and family activities for everyone to enjoy”. The food bank is hoping for a large attendance due to an increase in clients needing food and a large drop in monetary donations. “The economy has affected the amount of people in need and also affects our donors.,” explained Mr. Ramirez. “Donations are more rare at times of uncertainty with causes a ripple effect on the people we serve.”
CVS Pharmacy, Trader Joes, Western Underground, Prestige Personnel, Ultra Star Cinemas, Generation of Massage, Coca-Cola, Family Dollar and Pure Radiance Salon who have donated gift cards and more, as raffle prizes will sponsor the event. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy including live music, food and shopping from the following vendors: Rachel's Handcrafted Jewelry, Cake & Bake Supplies, Carlito's Tacos, Calico Kettle Corn, Face Creations by Jennifer, Anchors & Wings Boutique- Vendor, IT WORKS- Vendor, Shades of Royalty-Vendor, Gold Canyon Candles-Vendor and Baked with Love!
Valley View Community Food Bank operates in Sun City in a 64,000 square foot building and serves over 264,000 families and is supported by over 760 volunteers. The food bank distributed over 13.2 million pounds of shelf stable food and more than 14.4 million pounds of fresh produce to those in need last fiscal year. Our mission is to serve those in need with compassion and respect while providing the resources for wholesome nutritious food. Valley View Community offers a safe positive environment where those seeking help can easily find the resources they need to feed themselves and their families. Valley View Community Food Bank is a 501 (c) 3.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Jesse Ramirez, Founder and President of Valley View Community Food Bank. 10615 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 (623) 933-3358, www.YourFoodBank.org jesse@YourFoodBank.org www.Facebook.com/YourFoodBank
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Clients and supporters alike really enjoy and find our Farmers Market a lot of help to supplement their groceries. For only a $10 donation, people are invited to buy veggies and fruits, an important part of a nutritional diet, to help fill their plates and pantries.
The food bank has been seeing an increase in clients and decrease in monetary donations. Due to these circumstances the food bank was unable to purchase the veggies and fruits needed to supply the Farmers Market, therefore temporarily closing the Farmers Market until further notice.
This was a difficult decision and we hope with the support of the community that we will be able to reopen this important resource to the public sooner than later. We ask that if you want to help the food bank during this tough time, please consider an online donation. Every little bit helps and we greatly appreciate your support of our mission to end hunger in Arizona. Please share this post to help us continue the fight against hunger in AZ. Thank you for your support!!
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Jesse Ramirez, Founder & President, email@example.com, (623) 297-9102 cell, (623) 933-3358 office or Arscenia Darrah, Food Resource Developer, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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