By Tina Gamez, DAILY NEWS-SUN
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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.