Limited Dollars to Donate,
Every family has limited dollars to donate, and charity becomes more important during tough economic times. Keep in mind that you’ll have more impact by giving to a few causes you care about most. Please don’t spread small sums around. With limited dollars you need to focus your donations. Focus on your particular interest--make a contribution, become a dedicated volunteer, or serve as a board member. Non-profit organizations need you; your community needs you; and your neighbors need you, especially now.
Tri-Community Food Bank in Mammoth serves 5% of all those people in Pinal County requesting emergency food boxes. As many as 718 people in 238 families are served each month. Food serves a primary need. Some of our neighbors, including 357 children and 127 seniors, experience hunger each month. Think about it--Children in their most critical years of development need consistent nutritious food to grow and learn. Families from Oracle, San Manuel, and Mammoth present everyday with their needs. They need emergency food supplies, utility assistance, crisis intervention, and used clothing or household goods. Tri-Community Food Banks helps them.
Tri-Community Food Bank hears their stories. Troubling stories not often heard in SaddleBrooke are the stories about loss of a partner, abandonment, catastrophic illness, disappearing jobs, interrupted utility service, low wages, and ever higher expenses. We hear from young single mothers without utility service, even from one mother returning home from hospital with a sick infant to find no heat in her home. We’ve heard from a grandmother forced into the role of parenting her three young grandchildren. The children needed food, food grandma didn’t have at home and couldn’t afford to buy. And the story of a homeless man in need of clothing and a can opener for the canned beans he received from the Food Bank. These people are suffering; they are our neighbors.
The Tri-Community Food Bank volunteers and clients are very grateful to our friends in SaddleBrooke. Without SaddleBrooke generosity, our programs would not be possible. Most families determine very early in the new year which charities and non-profit organizations they wish to support during the coming year. If you are considering making a new year contribution, please consider Tri-Community Food Bank. The Food Bank provides emergency food boxes, utility assistance, offers holiday food boxes, administrates Salvation Army SHARE funds, and coordinates sponsors for Adopt-a-Family programs in the tri-community area. The Food Bank is an all volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency. Zero percent of budget is spent on administration.
Mail your contributions to: Tri-Community Food Bank, PO Box 38, Mammoth, AZ 85618; telephone: 520-487-2010. The usual hours of operation in Mammoth at 220 S. Main Street are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.