7TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY-WIDE FOOD DRIVE KICKS OFF FOR INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES FOOD BANKby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Oct. 16, 2013, under Press Releases
Oct. 15, 2013
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SEVENTH ANNUAL BAG-A-THON COMMUNITY-WIDE FOOD DRIVE KICKS OFF FOR
INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SERVICES FOOD BANK
The Seventh Annual Edward Jones Bag-a-Thon will host a public breakfast and community food collection day from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Edward Jones offices at West Lambert Lane and North La Canada Drive, in Oro Valley. There, food donations will be sorted, loaded onto trucks and transported to the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank to be given to households in need.
Local scouting groups, schools, businesses, the Town of Oro Valley and the Sun City Vistoso Cyclists have already begun food collection efforts for what has become the single largest food collection event for the ICS Food Bank, 2820 W. Ina Road.
The Sun City Community Foundation is supporting the Cyclists with a $4,000 matching grant that will be used to purchase protein items for holiday food bags to be distributed after the drive.
The Bag-A-Thon gathers critical supplies for the ICS Food Bank to fill holiday food bags and keep shelves stocked. ICS anticipates distributing close to 3,000 Thanksgiving packages Nov. 18- 27 and another 3,000 holiday packages in December. Need is up this year, with demand outpacing supplies.
Nancy, a mother of five whose family received holiday food last year, wrote, “Thank you for helping me and my children with food. We were able to have Christmas dinner for the first time in several years thanks to your generosity.”
Anyone who wants to help can already start taking donations to their nearest Edward Jones office. This year’s collection goal is 75,000 pounds of food.
That’s a tremendous increase since the Bag-a-Thon began 7 years ago with a goal of raising 1,000 pounds. That year, it pulled in 2,000 pounds, and in each successive year, Bag-a-Thon organizer Ken Blanchard of Edward Jones has set higher and higher goals, far exceeding them each time.
Last year’s goal was 50,000 pounds. The Bag-a-Thon raised more than 70,000, leading Blanchard to set this year’s goal at 75,000.
“I love doing it for ICS. It’s a fabulous organization,” he said.
Among all the community groups taking up collections are 20 local Edward Jones offices.
Last year, the ICS Food Bank distributed more than $1.6 million worth of food to nearly 22,000 people in more than 6,600 households. The operation has grown so much, ICS moved its food bank operation in 2011, from a 400-square-foot space to an adjoining 2,700-square-foot facility to better handle the volume.
“The need for emergency food remains great throughout our community,” said ICS Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Kampa. “We have come to depend on the Bag-a-Thon each year to give us a much-needed boost in anticipation of the busy winter months.”
A complete list of dropoff locations and most-needed items is available at www.icstucson.org.
For information on how to get your group involved with the drive, contact Shar Caulley at (520) 297-2738, Ext. 209 or email@example.com.
ICS formed in 1985 so volunteers and congregations of diverse faiths could work together and share resources to better respond to community needs. This effort also helps build bridges and understanding within diverse faith communities. ICS helps Pima County seniors, disabled individuals and people in financial crisis achieve stable and independent lives through programs and services supported by staff, volunteers, faith communities and the community at large.
AT A GLANCE:
What: Edward Jones Bag-a-Thon Public Breakfast and Community Food Collection Day
When: 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 9
Where: Edward Jones,10355 N. La Canada Drive
More info: www.icstucson.org
Hundreds of people typically turn out for the breakfast and food collection event. Children in scout uniforms will help to pass food bags along, and community members will continually drop off food. Trucks will be on site to haul the food away.