Hometown Christmas Parade raises $30K for Glendale food bank

Posted 2/3/23

Parade board president Chris Kelly attended the check presentation, along with committee members Candy Sheperd, Ray Strahl, Dave Mitchell, Nicole Krug, Sara Smith, and Mayra Martinez. Attendees from …

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Hometown Christmas Parade raises $30K for Glendale food bank


Glendale Mayor Jerry P. Weiers and other members of the Hometown Christmas Parade Committee presented Hope for Hunger Food Bank representatives with a $30,000 donation from proceeds of the ninth annual parade, which took place this past December.

“The parade committee worked hundreds of hours to make the parade happen, and we had an even bigger turnout than last year,” Weiers shared in a statement. “It was fantastic to be able to present this donation to Hope for Hunger because so many people in our community will benefit.”

Weiers, Dr. Walt Kallestad and Don Mellon founded the Hometown Christmas Parade.

“We truly couldn’t do what we do without the assistance of the parade committee and the city,” Ken Brissa, Phoenix Rescue Mission CEO, who oversees Hope for Hunger Food Bank, located at 5605 N. 55th Ave., Glendale.

The parade is not an official city event, Weiers notes, and is produced by numerous individuals, businesses and churches that make up the nonprofit Hometown Christmas Parade Committee.

Hope for Hunger provides emergency food along with case management and job assistance for approximately 300 families each day in Glendale and parts of Phoenix and Peoria.

To receive assistance, Hope For Hunger is open 8 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are welcome.

Hope for Hunger food accepts food donations during the same hours.

Click here for Hope For Hunger Food Bank or email for information.