JANUARY 2010 Food Bank Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank 10862 North 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85028-3204 THE YEAR IN REVIEW The year 2009 produced a record number of clients in need of food assistance. How we were able to meet this increased demand is a very uplifting story. Our community responded in an amazing way. We were the beneficiaries of a record amount of donations of dollars and foodstuffs. Our supporters represent the entirety of our community: businesses, individuals, churches, adults, school children, and senior citizens. The equation is a simple one – see a neighbor in need, address that need. We appreciate every donation, no matter the size, as the accumulative effect is that we have never had to turn away an eligible client for lack of food. Monetary donations came to a total of $104,000. We are privileged to recognize some special supporters. Grants and Fundraising: Greater PV Realty Executives $14,500 Sundt Foundation $5,000 Nina Mason Pulliam Foundation $10,000 PVUSD Empty Bowls Dinner $3,500 Season for Sharing $5,000 Tax Credit Donations $12,000 Business Donations and Matching Funds: American Express $4,000 Creative Corner $1,000 ING $3,500 Palm Aire $1,300 Preco $1,500 White Chocolate Grill $500 Carefree Home Care $1,500 Individual Donations: Carol Wisner $2,800 Paull and Reba Hunter $1,000 Stanley Family $1,000 Douglas McMullen $760 George Panone $900 Martha Post $600 Alice and David MacArthur $2,200 Sharon del Duca France $1,200 Religious Institutions Donations: Unity Church of Practical Christianity $1,750 La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church $1,500 Oasis Community Church $1,400 Cross in the Desert $1,800 Mountain View Presbyterian Church $1,400 Donated Foodstuffs The direct donations of foodstuffs totaled nearly 189,000 pounds. The school food drives in our district, under the wonderful direction of our school food drive coordinator, Jane Bernes, donated 49,000 pounds. Religious organizations added 50,000 pounds. Civic organizations, such as scout troops, provided 15,000 pounds. Individuals, our friends and neighbors, contributed 75,000 pounds. We would like to recognize: From our schools: Copper Canyon 8,098 Aire Libre 2,173 North Canyon 2,952 Larkspur 2,020 Grayhawk 2,585 Campobello 2,010 1 Whispering Wind 2,422 Echo Mountain 2,000 Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank 2 From our churches and temples: Temple Chai 15,234 PV Baptist Church 3,437 La Casa de Cristo 12,817 Church of the Holy Spirit 3,247 Temple Kol Ami 4,075 Cross in the Desert 1,347 LDS Church 3,526 Temple Beth Ami/Palo Christi Church 1,856 Perishables – Market extras put to good use Thanks to our volunteers who, every day, pick up perishable donations from local stores, we are able to offer items such as dairy products, meats, breads and pastries to our clients. Remember, they donate their time and their vehicles to this effort. We send our thanks to Abe Olanoff, Frank Dolezal, Allan Stempski, Farouk Selim, Ken Allison, Carol Norman, Elenora and Dale Rea, Tom Sneva, Terri Rogers, Jan Mehr, John Hoffman, Gladys Siegel, and Allan and Jane Babendure. The products transported total the amazing amount of 116,000 pounds: Bashas’ Market 20,000 Einstein’s Bakery 5,000 Whole Foods Market 50,000 Pizza Hut 1,000 Fry’s Markets 20,000 Automatic Vending Services 5,000 Paradise Bakery 15,000 TWO SPECIAL THANK YOU’S TO TWO SPECIAL PEOPLE The world is sustained by the generous deeds of special individuals. We are privileged to have the support of two wonderful men. To Gene Colvin, the Happy Hammer, whose life revolves around service to others and to Christopher Gabriel, whose gentle kindness and concern for others cannot be overstated, we offer our special thanks. SO MANY THANKS, SO LITTLE SPACE Carol Glor deserves a halo and wings for dealing with the testing job of data entry from the client forms. Let’s make it easier for her: please write clearly. Nan Bruner and Sharon Feist have taken on the not insubstantial job of acknowledging the contributions from our donors with thoughtful thank you letters. We are talking hundreds of notes each year. We may not be the most technical of organizations, but I’m sure we are the most personal and hands on group around. Another unheralded volunteer, Jeri Motley, continues to recycle cans that are donated by various groups. Her efforts put $277.60 in our coffers this year. A YEAR MARKED BY JOY AND LOSS As every year closes we look back and are thankful for the blessings we receive. In the reality of time and life, we also must say goodbye to dear friends. This year we lost a remarkable woman and man. Esther Lewkowitz left us all too soon but with a brave spirit that will not come this way again. Judge Paul Donaldson, half of the remarkable duo of Kathy and Paul, the guiding force behind the Arizona Helping Hands organization, was taken in the full measure of time. May they rest in peace. NUMBERS, NUMBERS AND MORE NUMBERS The year 2009 was one of challenges and of rewards. 10,850 individuals in 4,100 families were assisted. Of this total, 4,200 were children. No more needs to be said about the impact we all have on the well-being of our community. Any such year-end lists will never be all inclusive. A complete list of donors is available in the office. Please take a moment to review the names of all those who contributed to the betterment of our community.
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