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Fashionable fund-raiser collects $805 for Valley View Food Bank

July 23, 2009  //  yourwestvalley.com  //  Staff report

Tomm Jenkins, owner of McDuffy's Peoria, left, Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett and Ingrid Chouinard, founder and general manager of Regala Boutique, right, present a donation check to Jesse Ramirez, director of Valley View Community Food Bank.

Tomm Jenkins, owner of McDuffy's Peoria, left, Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett and Ingrid Chouinard, founder and general manager of Regala Boutique, right, present a donation check to Jesse Ramirez, director of Valley View Community Food Bank.

McDuffy’s, 15814 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, recently played host to a fund-raiser fashion show for Valley View Community Food Bank.  READ MORE»

Valley View Community Day has giveaway

July 22, 2009  //  yourwestvalley.com  //  staff report

Valley View Community Food Bank will have its Community Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 11081 N. Migard Way in Surprise.

Guests can join the “Lose A Pound” Challenge, support projects and enjoy Christmas in July.  READ MORE»

Don’t Let Politics Spoil Good of Food Banks

July 15, 2009  //  West Valley Editorials Blog, Arizona Republic 

Thousands of families that depend on Valley View Community Food Bank will likely find their food boxes short on fruits, vegetables, dairy and bread products in the coming months.

Blame it on rigid bureaucracy.  READ MORE»

Jesse Ramirez, founder of the food bank, had been salvaging between 800 pounds and 1,200 pounds of perishable food a day from three local Fry’s supermarkets until a few weeks ago. The grocery store is now doling out that same food through a program with Feeding America, a national hunger-relief charity. Only Feeding America’s members, like St.Mary’s Food Bank, or agencies that contract with those food banks, are permitted to pick up the food.

After it’s picked up, none of that food can end up at Valley View or in the pantry of an agency that isn’t linked to Feeding America.

Food for Thought

July 7, 2009  //  MY VIEW:  Donations critical to keep groups afloat in Sun Cities

“I believe the time is here for residents of the Sun Cities and surrounding communities to begin thinking closer to home. A case in point . . .” read the rest of the “My View” by  Marv Whorten, Sun City Taxpayers Association

Families bank on food donations

July 8, 2009  //  Joy Slagowski, Daily News-Sun

The 3 tons of groceries collected by the Valley View Community Food Bank on the Fourth of July will be gone in the next few days as people in need from Youngtown, Sun City, Surprise, El Mirage and other West Valley communities drain the donations nearly as fast as they pour in.

“That will help us for at least the next week,” said food bank director Jesse Ramirez of the July 4 collection event, which brought in some 6,000 pounds of nonperishable goods.

“We’ve been seeing close to 300 families a day, which has been taking so much from us,” Ramirez said. “People are visiting for the first time from Surprise, El Mirage and Buckeye, and coming down from Wickenburg and needing help.  READ MORE»

Weight-loss challenge stocks shelves at Valley View Food Bank

May 19, 2009  //  Joy Slagowski, Daily News-Sun

A group of Northwest Valley residents is taking part in a weight-loss challenge to improve their health and help others.

The Lose a Pound, Feed Our Town Challenge kicked off recently to support the Valley View Community Food Bank in Surprise.

For every pound lost, participants pledge to donate a pound of food or make a monetary donation to the food bank.   READ MORE»

Food bank launches campaign to buy building

January 26, 2009  //  Joy Slagowski, Daily News-Sun

Valley View Community Food Bank wants to solidify its place in the Northwest Valley by having a permanent space for its 2-year-old food bank.

To that end, director Jesse Ramirez has started a building fund in hopes of purchasing the food bank’s leased location in Youngtown.

“It’s really important that we remain in this area since there is a great need that is coming from it,” Ramirez said. “We really feel this is where our home should be.”   READ MORE»

 




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