"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.
Did you know that Arizona currently ranks #14 worst state in the country in food hardship. That means 1 in 5 Arizona homes report not having enough money to buy food.
So what does it mean to be hungry in Arizona? Hunger in America is hard to see. We don't often see Images of families and children in severe conditions dealing with food deprivation. Hunger that's closer to home is often an "invisible" issue that goes unnoticed and misunderstood. Families, elderly and even the working class struggle with hunger in silence and are left to find ways to battle this with little to no help.
Americans have little choices when dealing with hunger. Many turn to the SNAP program (formerly known as food stamps) in hopes to acquire enough food to feed their families. However families are now dealing with recent SNAP cuts made to this essential program. A family of four now receives anywhere from $30-$40 less in food benefits a month. People said they felt desperate by the end of the month when they are trying to stretch a couple hundred dollars into a month’s worth of groceries. Meanwhile, the prices important food staples like rice, corn, beans, breads and oils have increased in cost making grocery stores a daily survival game.
The huge weight of feeding the working poor has fallen on local food banks, pantries and churches, most are community supported and struggle consistently with donations. Most people that come through our doors are in need of supplements to help fill their kitchen cabinets. Food items such as fresh vegetables, meats, fresh fruits, breads and more are in great need. Local families can't afford these extras so they come to the food bank in hopes of finding these much needed items.
Being hungry in Arizona is a daily struggle that 1 in 6 people, 1 in 4 children and 1 in 7 seniors must face everyday. They walk or drive by grocery stores, local food chains, national restaurants with uncertainty looming over them about how and when food will be available. They face difficult choices every month; do they pay a bill or have enough money to buy food for the week. They sacrifice their own meals to ensure their children will have enough food for the day. They cut back on buying nutritional foods in order to buy cheaper more processed food items just have something in their cabinets and refrigerators.
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!
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
We want to send out a BIG THANK YOU to everyone that donated a turkey, gave money and volunteered their time last week. Because of your kind generosity the food bank was able to feed people in our community and provide Thanksgiving meals.
We experienced our largest number of people in need coming to the food bank last week. And because of your wonderful donations we were able to distribute 5,322 holiday food boxes the three days before Thanksgiving. This was a hard but amazing task to accomplish and the food bank couldn't have done it without the support of it's community. Your charitable giving allowed us to provide a meal to working families, low income elderly and out of work individuals that wouldn't have been able to eat for the holiday. Everyone at the food bank is forever grateful for your continued support to keep our mission strong and end hunger in Arizona.
As we move into the next holiday, please continue to keep us in mind for donations. Please share our story to friends and family so they can see how your support of the food bank is crucial for the community. Thank you again and many blessing to you and your loved ones.
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!
Thanksgiving is only a few days away and we are passing out turkeys faster than we are getting them! Working families are visiting the food bank looking for ways to feed their family this holiday and the food bank mission is to ensure they all get a holiday meal.
Our goal is to make sure that no family, elderly or individual will be turned away without food BUT we need your help to ensure this! Please drop off turkey and food donations at the food bank location: 10615 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351
You can also make an online donation by clicking here. Your donation will go to feed a family for the holidays.
Thank you to YourWestValley.com for visiting us at the food bank recently. Tina Gamez, a writer for the the local press wanted to bring attention to our turkey shortage and help create awareness for donations. To make a kind online donation to help raise enough holiday meals please click here.
To view this article please visitYourWestValley.com's direct link at: http://www.yourwestvalley.com/suncity/article_311f2f68-4e03-11e3-9856-0019bb2963f4.html
Our Farmers Market located at the food bank will be open tomorrow at 6AM TO 12pm. For a $10 donation you can grab some great vegetables and fruit. The funds raised through this program help the food bank buy much needed food to help support local families and elderly in need. The Farmers Market is truly a win-win situation for the community! Please stop by and see us:
10615 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351