Valley View Community Food Bank (VVCFB), headquartered at 10771 W. Peoria Ave., is now open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day throughout the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
Jesse Ramirez, founder and president of the non-profit organization, says that the need for food assistance and the requests for help now require that the food bank be available seven days a week.
With the sudden cancellation of school, and the shuttering of many businesses for an unknown length of time, many people are scrambling to provide basic survival necessities for children, grandchildren and themselves.
“We continue to be in need of more donations,” states Mr. Ramirez, “especially food, personal hygiene items, and cleaning and sanitation supplies. But we also need volunteers for the weekends.”
The food bank continues to help more than 500 clients per day, many of them who have never asked for help before. Food counselors and other agencies are also turning to VVCFB for help.
“All health and safety protocols are being observed,” Mr. Ramirez added, “and we are sanitizing three times a day. We have purchased gloves, face masks, and hand sanitizers. We are taking every precaution to keep our volunteers, employees, and clients safe.”
Donations can be made at feedingaz.org. To volunteer to help pack boxes or deliver food in the Sun Cities, volunteers can call Martha Ovalle, volunteer coordinator, at 602-486-4285.
For more information, contact Mr. Ramirez at email@example.com.
“People are terrified, and they are suffering,” Mr. Ramirez said. “We serve many elderly clients, and we are committed to helping anybody we can. We have no zip code restrictions. If somebody needs help, we will seek a way to be of service. This is a true plague and it respects nobody. We are all the same, and we have to help each other.”