Although coronavirus precautions canceled the 2020 Hometown Christmas Parade in Glendale, the annual food drive brought in a record amount of donations.
Even without the parade, more than $35,000 was donated to Glendale’s local Hope for Hunger Food Bank, operated by Phoenix Rescue Mission, thus making it a record year for monetary donations.
“Every year I am proud of how the community comes together to help each other,” Mayor Jerry Weiers stated. “With the pandemic, we knew the need was going to be much greater and yet the community stepped up in a huge way and I couldn’t be prouder or more grateful.”
The 2020 Hometown Christmas Parade’s annual food drive went from October into January. During those four months, community supporters donated over $35,000 and more than 11,900 pounds of non-perishable food, including 238 turkeys.
Last year, the community donated more than $18,000 and 32,000 pounds of non-perishable food.
“We can do a lot with cash donations,” Danny Dahm with Hope for Hunger Food Bank stated. “We are usually able buy things we need wholesale and get much better pricing.”