Valley View Community Food Bank Worries About the Holiday Season as Monetary Donations Dramatically Decrease and The Need for Food Continues to Increase.
The food bank has seen an increase in local families needing help with food and an even larger decrease in monetary donations. It’s estimated that one in six residents in the Valley will rely on the food bank for a holiday meal this year which mean the food bank is relying on the community’s support in order to help those in need and keep it’s doors open.
Sun City, AZ 10/20/2013-Valley View Community 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, by almost 75%, we need the public to help us not only meet the growing demand but to help keep us going past the holidays.” When asked how this effects the food bank; “We’re really worried about how we are going to help people looking for a meal come November and December.,” said Mr. Ramirez. “Without money donations we’re limited on the amount of food we can get and we won’t have the funds to run this facility. So yes, we’re really feeling the stress and are very worried.”
In order to help drive donations up the food bank is doing a few things to encourage community support. An event on Nov 2, 2013 from 10am-3pm and is open to the public to promote immediate action and support. Mr. Ramirez explained, the “Kickoff to the Holidays” event features live music, shopping, a 50/50 raffle and family activities for everyone to enjoy”. The food bank is hoping for a large outturn due to the 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.” The food bank is also launching an online “Fund Drive” tool late October 2013, to allow people to fundraise for the food bank by holding a virtual fund drive. “This is a great tool that allows supporters to help raise funds that the food bank desperately needs at this time.” explains Hazel Arce, Web and Marketing for the VVCFB. “People can go on and create a personal fundraising page and ask friends and family to support them as they raise money to feed those in need. There’s even the ability to create team fundraising pages so departments or teams can compete to see who raises more donations. It’s a healthily fun way to compete and help a great cause at the same time.”
The “Kickoff To The Holidays” event will be held November 02, 2013 at the food bank location: 10615 W. Peoria Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 from 10 until 3pm. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy including live music, food and much more. You can find the Fund Drive tool late October 2013 on www.YourFoodBank.org and is easy for anybody to get started. Sign up, decide how much you want to raise and the food bank offers you the ability to create a fundraising page you can share with anybody. There are even email templates provided by the food bank to make it easy for you to send and ask for donations. The food bank hopes the community will help support their mission to end hunger in Arizona and help them get through this difficult time of need.
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 http://www.Facebook.com/YourFoodBank