With an estimated 13,000-plus homeless people in Maricopa County alone, and an estimated 17.8 percent of Arizonas deemed “food insecure,” local food banks and charity organizations are working to fill the plates of the needy this holiday season. And they could use your help.
Phoenix Rescue Mission's “Feeding Phoenix: More than a Meal” campaign continues through December 31. The self-described “Christ-centered” nonprofit seeks to deliver Thanksgiving turkeys and food boxes to 1,500 families on Saturday, November 21. Volunteers are needed for deliveries, and PRM is also asking for donations of food, water, blankets and sleeping bags.
Through January 2, Fry's Food Stores will be collecting donations for the “Bring Hope to the Table” campaign, which benefits local food banks like St. Mary's, and the Salvation Army. Those who wish to donate can give via the $1 or $5 scan cards at registers; $10 “Gobble Give” cards to provide a turkey for a family; or they can drop non-perishable food items into the donation bins.
Another faith-based nonprofit, St. Vincent de Paul, seeks volunteers as well as monetary donations, and donations of food, clothing, furniture and other goods.