PRLog - Sep. 13, 2012 - SUN CITY, Ariz. -- Food insecurity is a nice way of saying that many of our neighbors and fellow citizens are going hungry. On a typical day at Valley View Community Food Bank in Sun City, Arizona, over 400 people line up for free emergency food boxes. They get to come back in 30 days and apply again if they still need the help.
Stein Mart Charity Event
It turns out that 39 percent of the people served by the food bank are Sun City seniors.
Help is on the way as Stein Mart comes into the Northwest Valley of Phoenix and opens their highly anticipated new store at 13712 W. Bell Road (the building used to be Linens and Things). Their Grand Opening Charity Event is Tuesday, September 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Valley View Community Food Bank is a featured non-profit.
Tickets are $5 per person to attend. The entire $5 donation goes straight to the food bank if the ticket is purchased in advance. If tickets are purchased at the door, Valley View Community Food Bank only gets a third of the proceeds.
Tickets are available at the Valley View Community Thrift Store (in the same building with the food bank) at 107th and Peoria in Sun City.
The ticket is redeemable for $5 off total purchases made on the 18th AND it includes a 20% off coupon for two items. There will be catered food, fellowship and networking, and time to shop!
Valley View Community Food Bank recently moved relocated to the old Safeway building at 107th and Peoria Avenue in Sun City. Some 36,000 square feet houses the food bank operation, a thrift store, and Feeding Arizona headquarters.
Executive Director Jesse Ramirez is thrilled with the new location. “The sheer size and layout is great,” Ramirez says. “Our traffic pattern is a work of art for staging our purchased bulk goods and donated items and then smoothly moving everything along to food boxes.”
With the holidays coming, Valley View is gearing up to provide many hundreds of special food boxes with turkey and all the fixings. “Stuffing is something we have to buy,” Ramirez says. “We don’t have enough donated and we know people enjoy having it on their holiday table.”
According to Ramirez, the money Valley View will receive from Stein Mart’s Charity Opening will be applied toward staples like bulk rice and beans as well as holiday stuffing.
Go to http://valleyviewfoodbank.wordpress.com for more information or call 623-933-3358 to inquire about tickets or volunteering.