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.
Please join us Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
at the food bank location: 10615 W. Peoria Ave, Sun City, AZ
We will have a special evening of live music, food and a silent auction to help raise much needed funds for the community.
This night will offer a lot of fun and allow us to meet supporters of the food bank, the local community and see how the food bank helps support families, seniors and individuals throughout Arizona. Tours of the food bank will be offered.
Please contact Jesse Ramirez for ticket purchases:
Single: Buffet and Beverage $20
Couples: Buffet and Beverages $30
We look forward to see you there!
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
I visit the food bank every week to help out anyway I can. I often get to hear the great stories of support that the food bank provides to community from volunteers, clients and other supporters. But today I witnessed something that helped me to really understand why Valley View Community Food Bank matters in our community.
The food bank has a strict policy that is ingrained into every person that works, volunteers or supports them. It's quite simple: Find a way to help anyone that comes through the food bank doors. So when a mother shared her story with Jesse Ramirez, President & Founder, his immediate response was: "Don't worry, we will help you, we'll do what it takes to feed your family".
She was immediately overwhelmed with tears and told him that her family can go nights without dinner sometimes. She explained that she worked hard but all her money went to bills, rent and even daycare. Her family went every week wondering where their next meal was going to come from and since she didn't qualify for certain programs or any supplement so her last option was Valley View Community Food Bank. This is a common story that Jesse and his team hear on a daily basis, it's why his policy of helping everyone is crucial to the food bank mission.
"We don't require any qualifications or make people jump through hoops to get food. We give, that's why we're here. As a community supported food bank it's our job to help those in need and do what it takes to make sure our neighbors, our friends, our fellow human beings have a helping hand and food on their tables," explained Jesse.
As we move closer to the holidays the food bank is facing its toughest year. Donations are low, both food and monetary and more and more people are looking to the food bank for help. This was one story, one family that needed help and the food bank answered. The statistics say 1 in 5 Americans suffer from food insecurity, and the food bank is currently feeling the weight of that number as more people walk through it's open doors. Please share this story, it's important to have resources like the food bank in our community. If you'd like to help even more please consider an online donation.
Thank you for listening.
H.E.A supporter of Valley View Community Food Bank
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.
Join us TOMORROW Nov. 2, 2013 at 10am at the Food Bank location as Valley View Community Food Bank hosts an open house to help raise funds for the holiday need!
Vndors and Sponsors: CVS Pharmacy, Trader Joes, Western Underground, Prestige Personnel, Ultra Star Cinemas, Generation of Massage, Coca-Cola, Family Dollar, Big 5 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!
If you can't make it, please consider a donation through our website: Donate online