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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