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PV Food Bank Takes Care of its neighbors B Y K AT H Y G L I N D M E I E R & A N G E L A A M B R O S E

Back in 1986, a few community members started collecting food in their garage to distribute to struggling families within the boundaries of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. From this humble beginning the PV Emergency Food Bank was born. Today our organization operates out of a 3800 sq. foot facility located at 10862 N. 32nd St. and has hundreds of volunteers. Our motto, “Neighbors Caring, Neighbors Sharing,” reflects the strong community spirit that has been a part of this organization since its inception. We rely solely on cash and food donations and are completely run by volunteers. No government funding is accepted. During the pandemic, we expanded our outreach to families, participated in the COVID relief fresh produce and milk program, and increased the protein content of food boxes and weekend backpacks. Last year, the food bank served 1,400 clients and logged 9,000 volunteer hours. Generous donations from school drives, local churches and community service organizations help keep our shelves stocked. The food is sorted, cataloged, and monitored for freshness. During the 2020 holiday season, we provided families with a special holiday

meal, including a turkey or ham — in addition to the standard family food box. We have been blessed with many generous donors over the past 34 years. Thanks to our dedicated volunteer grant writers, the food bank has received grants from the Phoenix Suns Foundation, the Dow Foundation, Season for Sharing, and others. Our Weekend Food4Kids program provides an average of 800 backpacks per week to hungry students and is supported solely by cash donations. The food bank qualifies for up to $800 in Arizona tax credit donations, which help feed struggling families in our community. Fewer school food drives have been held this year due to online learning, but we are hopeful that food drives will resume when students return to the classroom in March. We invite anyone interested in volunteering or in need of assistance to contact the food bank at (602) 867-9228. Appointments are scheduled in advance to assure privacy for recipients. Walk-ins are also welcome. Please bring proof of address and photo identification. The food bank is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. COVID protocols are in place for the safety of our clients and volunteers. We look forward to seeing you soon!

New Bike Lane

Yes something is new after repaving 7st by the Point. The bike lane starts at the southwest corner parking lot on 7st at the very south end . It continues south over the hill and down past the road leading to the towers on North mountain. Then down hill toward Northmoutain Park . The lane ends so you need to take the sidewalk. North bound is found by going north on 9th street starting at Mountain View some twisting needed going through the Point homes. At the most north Point apartments the lane starts. There is 20 feet missing so riding on 7th st without a lane is necessary! Up the hill you go cresting at the Point Resort. Then down hill on the new lane just for you. It ends about 40 feet from Thunderbird so grab the sidewalk. Bike riding is fun and free! Leon of Try Me Bicycle Shop

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New apartment homes are coming to Beatitudes Campus! Be among the first to reserve an all-new residence, at the lowest possible price, by joining our Promenade Charter Membership program. Call 602.560.7975 today or visit us at BeatitudesInspired.org for details. www.moonvalleytattler.com

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Moon Valley Tattler March 2021  

Music in the mountains, on a mission to end homelessness and some awesome basketball stars, you've been busy Moon Valley!

Moon Valley Tattler March 2021  

Music in the mountains, on a mission to end homelessness and some awesome basketball stars, you've been busy Moon Valley!

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