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Phoenix Church Feeds 4,253 School Families During Upcoming 2-Week Winter Break
Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) staff and volunteers deliver 8,562 boxes of food to 77 Phoenix-area schools
CCV Staff & Volunteers Concluded Delivering Boxes with 23 Food Items This Week
(PEORIA, Ariz.) — Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV) announced today it concluded its “Family to Family” service project by delivering 8,562 boxes of food to 77 elementary and middle schools in the Phoenix metropolitan area to supply 4,253 families with food-insecure children enough to eat during the upcoming two-week winter break.
From Dec. 12-19, CCV staff and volunteers delivered boxes of food to schools in the Avondale, Buckeye, Deer Valley, Liberty, Dysart, Litchfield, Paradise Valley, Peoria and Scottsdale school districts. All of the schools are in close proximity to CCV’s three campuses in Peoria, Scottsdale and Surprise. The church’s 18,000-plus members purchased, boxed and delivered the food to each of CCV’s three campuses during weekend services beginning in late November.
“Our ‘Family to Family’ project was a collaborative effort among all staff, volunteers and members at CCV to deliver much needed boxes of food to families for the upcoming two-week Christmas school break,” said Bob Fesmire, CCV’s Lead Neighborhood Pastor. “Although we were able to meet the short-term needs of families with children who attend schools near our three campuses, food insecurity is a growing epidemic in our state. In fact, one in four children in Arizona are living in poverty.”
Within the nine districts that participated in the program, CCV provided food to every school that has 50 percent or more of their enrollment receiving free or reduced meals. Social workers and intervention specialists at each school identified the families that benefited from CCV’s “Family to Family” church-wide service project. The boxes were each filled with 23 pre-selected shelf-stable foods carefully identified to accommodate children’s nutritional needs. These items included: canned green vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, chicken noodle soup, pinto beans, rice, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna or chicken, mixed fruit, marinara sauce and spaghetti.
CCV’s multi-site strategy allows the church to continue to grow its Neighborhood Group concept by connecting with neighbors and serving local communities. All three CCV campuses offer identical services each weekend, with the Scottsdale and Surprise Campuses offering live announcements and music at every service and video messages streamed from the Peoria Campus. The Children’s and Youth Ministries are also identical on all three campuses. With 18,000 people currently attending 12 services at its three campuses each weekend, CCV is the largest non-denominational church in Arizona and one of the largest churches overall in the United States.