THIS WEEKEND: On April 5, 2014 the 10th Annual AARP Chapter 1 Shred-a-Thon and Electronic Recycling event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Youngtown Town Hall and donations will be accepted to support Valley View Community Food Bank. For more info please visit YourWestValley.com
THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
Instead please consider an online donation: click here to give now! Tank you for your support!
"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
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
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
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 7:30 pm
By Tina Gamez, DAILY NEWS-SUN
To see article please visit www.YourWestValley.com
Thanksgiving season in the West Valley is in full swing now that the Valley View Community Food Bank has begun its annual turkey drive.
“Last year, we gave out over 4,900 food boxes, including turkeys on the three days prior to Thanksgiving,” said Jesse Ramirez, founder and president of the food bank.
“We really rely on people’s donations,” Ramirez said.
Last year, the food bank had money to buy turkeys, but this year, there isn’t any money allocated or savings to buy the holiday staple.
Sales from the Valley View Community Food Bank Thrift Store, the farmers market and Care Club program go toward the purchase of turkeys for the holidays.
The turkey drive began on Saturday and among those helping out were five Kohl’s department store employees, and because they attended, the store will donate $500, Ramirez said, adding Kohl’s also gives the food bank a good deal on shawls they purchase for grandmothers who are taking care of their grandchildren.
“During the Christmas season, not only do we make food boxes and get toys donated for the families, we think about grandmas that are taking care of their grandkids.” Ramirez said. “Their parents are out of the scene and they’re taking care of their grandkids. There are a lot of families in that situation.” The food bank has been supplying the shawls for seven years.
Ramirez said more than “360 grandmas throughout the Valley” come to the food bank.
Valley View Community Food Bank is different than most, he noted. “We have an open door. If you live in Wickenburg, you can come to this food bank. We’re going to help you. If you live in Prescott Valley, you can come to this food bank.”
The food bank will have a Gobble Gobble Super Tuesday Turkey-Thon through Nov. 26, and those who donate turkeys on Tuesdays will be entered in a drawing for dinner for two — 10 dinners will be given out.
The food bank is located at 10615 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City. Hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, donations, only 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information call 623-933-3358 or visit http://www.yourfoodbank.org/about.html.
We want to thank all of our sponsors and donors that participated in our Kickoff to the Holidays event. Because of your help and support we were able to raise over $5,000 to go towards our Holiday Turkey Fund. This fund will allow us to buy turkeys and other food items to feed families during the holidays.