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Every year the food bank works hard to find donations to help feed those in need within the community. We also work just as hard to collect and stash away toys, household items, toiletries, clothing and more. Then the 3-4 days before Christmas the food bank opens it doors and hearts to those in need of food and holiday cheer by providing holiday meals and gifts that families can put under their Christmas tree.
It's a tradition at the food bank that we treasure and every year we feel blessed by all the support our volunteers and donors give us. Workers and volunteers bring smiles and joy to children by handing out toys and receive tearful thank yous from the parents as they are given a holiday box of food. It makes all the hard work that lead up to the holiday season worth it! So thank you to all the food bank volunteers that help to make the food bank a success every day! And thank you to the donors for the support, food, toys and more that help people in our community, your gift is truly special!
We work hard, but it sure is worth it!
Valley View Community Food Bank a 501 (c )(3) is participating in the largest national day of community service sponsored by USA Weekend Magazine & Points of Light. We graciously ask for your support via media coverage for this community event.
On this day of making a difference in our community, Valley View Community Food Bank will be passing out gently used blankets & jackets to those in need. We will also provide food as we currently do every other Saturday during our community outreaches. We will be providing these much needed items in the vicinity of 11th Avenue & Madison Street starting at 9:30 am.
We anticipate up to 250 people will need our support this day and will have 30 to 40 volunteers helping with this event.
We have distributed fliers and info since September to help us collect blankets & jackets and the event website www.makeadiffenceday.com that hosts the national day of community service.
You may also find out more about Valley View Community Food Bank by visiting our website at www.yourfoodbank.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Valley View Community Food Bank is collecting
gently used Jackets & Blankets for the cold winter
months ahead for those in need.
All Sizes Needed
For inquires contact Arscenia Darrah at email@example.com
(623) 933-3358 office / (623) 225-3053 cell