Thursday, January 13, 2011

MLK Day of Service: Pack the Bus

According to the US Census Bureau one in four Arizona children goes to bed hungry. Also, one in five Arizona households reported not having enough money to buy food that they needed to feed their family. Can you imagine opening your refrigerator and having nothing to choose from? Nobody should be faced with this situation.

With the help of local food banks, people who face hunger now have hope. Desert Mission Food Bank is part of John C. Lincoln hospital and provides food to 1,600 families each month. We chose this food bank because of their incredible impact on the Phoenix area and the increasing demand for their services. Their mission is to provide emergency food assistance in a dignified and respectful manner to all individuals and communities. Check out this great video that explains more about the food bank:

On January 15th from 9:00-4:30, the American Red Cross will be hosting a “Pack the Bus” campaign at Christown Spectrum Mall (SE corner of 19th Ave and Bethany Home Rd).  We will be collecting all non perishable foods as well as citrus and non-refrigerated vegetable items. All donations will benefit the Desert Mission Food Bank.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once asked, “Life’s more persistent question is what are you doing for others?” 

With the struggles our community is facing during these economic times, honor MLK’s legacy by joining the PACK THE BUS food drive and benefit a local food bank. 

·      Canned Food
·      Canned Meat
·      Peanut Butter/Jelly
·      Citrus
·      Vegetables (non-refrigerated)
·      Diapers
·      Laundry Soap
·      Toilet Paper
·      Baby Food/Formula
·      Deodorant
·      Soap/Shampoo

(Monetary donations accepted as well towards the future purchase of items!)

EVENT: Pack the Bus MLK Day of Service

 1703 West Bethany Home Road Phoenix, AZ 85015
(look for the balloons and BIG school bus!)

WHEN : 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


~ Ashley Pipes & Ashley Teal
Americorps VISTA Outreach Coordinators

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