A MESSAGE FROM JESSE RAMIREZ
We will be OPEN at our Sun City location from 9AM to 1PM seven days a week until further notice. Every health and safety protocol possible will be observed to keep our clients and volunteers safe. But the needs of our community — and surrounding communities — will be met to the best of our ability to serve.
There is suffering and hunger stalking our neighbors. We are committed to doing everything possible to help.
The thrift stores are currently closed.
Weekend volunteers are needed. Call 623-933-3358. Walk-ins welcome.
Valley View Community Food Bank Facing Unprecedented Demand for Help
Valley View Community Food Bank (VVCFB), headquartered at 10771 West Peoria Avenue in Sun City, is mobilizing to answer as many requests for help as possible. Jesse Ramirez, founder and president of the non-profit organization, says that in one day he received more than 160 calls on his emergency phone from people desperate for assistance. The food bank is seeing as many as 500 clients per day, many of them who have never asked for help before. Food counselors and other agencies are also turning to VVCFB for help.
With the sudden cancellation of school, and the shuttering of many businesses for an unknown length of time, many people are scrambling to provide basic survival necessities for children, grandchildren, and themselves.
Jesse Ramirez states, “We are in need of more donations, especially food, personal hygiene items, and cleaning and sanitation supplies.”
He explains that the cost of staple food items such as rice and beans – if these items can even be acquired right now – have doubled and tripled. So monetary donations to facilitate the purchase of needed resources is extremely helpful. Particularly sought after are such essentials as items to make soup, canned tomatoes, and fresh produce. Grocers are not supplying produce because of the increased volume of buying being experienced now in retail establishments.
In addition, volunteers are needed to take the place of regular volunteers who cannot assist in the food bank at this time because of their increased risk of contracting the virus or exposing a vulnerable family member. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food boxes. Volunteers are also needed to deliver boxes to homebound seniors in the Sun Cities. (Deliveries can be made only in the Sun Cities for now.)
Jesse Ramirez says, “All health and safety protocols are being observed, and we are sanitizing three times a day. We have purchased gloves, face masks, and hand sanitizers. We are taking every precaution to keep our volunteers, employees, and clients safe.”
He adds, “In my decades in food banking, I have never seen anything more disturbing. People are crying and are so afraid of the future. We have to find ways to help each other. We are all in this together, and together is the only way to address this historic crisis.”
To donate, you can go to www.feedingaz.org. To volunteer to help pack boxes or deliver food in the Sun Cities, call Martha Ovalle, Volunteer Coordinator, at 602-486-4285. For more information, contact Jesse Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A MESSAGE ABOUT SPRING FLING, POSTPONED
As the impact of the corona virus continues to be felt by everyone — both here and across the world — we have made the decision to postpone our upcoming Spring Fling, scheduled for March 28. We believe that we have a sacred duty to protect our community members — especially the most vulnerable among us — and we are doing everything we can to minimize the risk to clients, staff, volunteers, and supporters during this unprecedented crisis.
A great deal of effort had already been made to assure that this year’s Spring Fling event was successful. As a result, many of you had already purchased tickets and made donations. Although we will honor any requests for refunds, we hope that you will consider either donating the funds you have already sent in, or hold onto your reservations for a later date when the pandemic emergency has passed.
The postponing of our Spring Fling brings with it additional concerns. We had already faced the issue of doubling and tripling costs of basic staples that we purchase for our clients, and the summer is coming. The hot months always stretch our resources thin as people grapple with both high temperatures and high utility bills, and children are home and away from programs that help feed them during the school year. We provide service to many grandparents who are also raising their grandchildren. Therefore, whatever donations you make to us are desperately needed, greatly appreciated, and are more life-saving than ever right now.
We are committed to keeping the food bank open during this emergency, and will follow all protocols possible to maintain safety and good health for everyone.
As always, thank you for all you do, and how very much you care.
Support Your Food Bank
Support Your Community
Our client intake has seen an increase of almost 65% new families and individuals looking for resources and assistance. We’re working hard to provide emergency food boxes that will help feed low income families and individuals.
Our Biggest Year Ever
In 2016, we provided more than 5 million pounds of food directly to clients or partner agencies, all in the West Valley. We rely greatly on the support of the community and ask that you please consider making an online donation to help us with our mission to end hunger.
Donating Online is Easy
Our online system is secure and many consider it to be the easiest way to give to Valley View Community Food Bank on a regular basis. Or, if you prefer, your gift as a check can be mailed to PO Box 523, Youngtown, Arizona 85363. As always, we are grateful for your continued support. Please donate Online.
Arizona’s 8th Congressional Recognition
Outreach Director Lynndy Smith from the office of Congresswoman Debbie Lesko presented Jesse Ramirez, founder of the Valley View Community Food Bank, with the first ever Arizona’s 8th Congressional Recognition. Arizona’s 8th Congressional Recognition was inspired by constituents of our district like Jesse who are making a huge difference in our community. The Valley View Community Food Bank located in El Mirage helps 300,000 people per year. Thank you, Jesse, for your decades of service to the community.
Volunteering is a great way to get your team inspired and give back to your community! With large food drives coming up, we appreciate your help! So if you would like to volunteer, we can schedule groups of up to 20 volunteers.
Another way your group can help is to hold you own event, food drive, or fundraiser.
Individuals are also welcome to help in the pantry or in one of our thrift shops on a regular basis. Extra volunteers are needed for our special outreach events, such as “back to school,” Thanksgiving food boxes and Christmas toys, and clothing give-aways.
People Helped Per Year
Children received Easter baskets
Holiday Food Boxes
Children got back-to-school haircuts and backpacks
Years Serving the Community
Seniors receive weekly food distribution at El Mirage location
Valley View Thrift Store
How does a thrift store help the food bank? The local community donates gently used household items and merchandise to the food bank allowing us to sell them to the general public. The proceeds from the sales go directly to support Valley View Community Food Bank.