Foothills Food Bank in Need of Food, Monetary Donations

Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center has too many empty shelves and is in need of non-perishable food donations and foods for the upcoming holidays.

Pam DiPietro, executive director for Foothills Food Bank, says that even more families and working individuals are in need of food due to changing economic forces and work transitions.

“Factors such as job change issues, the cost of living and other life changes have resulted in an increase in the nutritional needs of many in our communities,” says DiPietro. “We ask the public to provide us with food donations to increase our food inventory through spring.”

“The food bank also encourages area businesses, churches and individuals to host food drives and/or drop off food and toiletries to help the food bank,” adds DiPietro.

Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix and North Scottsdale.

Visit Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center online at www.foothillsfoodbank.com or send an email to foothillsfoodbank@gmail.com. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek. For additional information, call 480.488.1145.

Holiday Donor Sponsors Sought For Families In North Valley

LogosThe Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center seeks donors to brighten the holiday season for children, families and seniors in the northern Arizona foothills community. The food bank is working with more than a dozen local organizations and churches to provide gifts, holiday meals and hope for those in crisis in the community. The 13th annual Adopt-a-Family program will be held on Sunday, December 13, at Holland Community Center in North Scottsdale. A second site for Black Canyon City and New River residents will be held on Saturday, December 12 at High Desert Park.Adopt Family Photo 2015

Individual donors as well as donor groups such as businesses, HOAs, churches and schools, are encouraged to participate in this year’s Adopt-a-Family program. Interested donors determine the size of the family they are willing to adopt then a family wish list is provided as a shopping guide. Monetary donations also are accepted to support the program. All gifts must be wrapped and delivered in December either directly to the family or dropped off at the event site. Checks are payable to Foothills Food Bank. All gifts and donations are tax deductible according to tax laws.

For information about the 2015 Adopt-a-Family program or to request a donor sign-up form, email adoptafamily@foothillsfoodbank.com or pick up a form at the food bank. Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek. For more information, visit www.foothillsfoodbank.com.

State Political Candidates To Appear At Anthem Open Forum

Anthem, Desert Hills, New River and surrounding area residents are invited to attend an open forum with candidates for state office beginning at 6:30pm April 22 at the Anthem Civic Building, 3701 West Anthem Way.

The evening will consist of candidate introductions and a public question and answer period, moderated by Holly Matson, president of the Anthem Community Council Board of Directors and Alan Muller, president of New River/Desert Hills Community Association

The public is encouraged to submit questions for the candidates, which will be accepted through April 17 via email at info@anthemcouncil.com, by mail or in person at the Anthem Civic Building front desk. Questions must be of general interest to the public; specific personal issues or scenarios will not be accepted.

All candidates who have filed paperwork for candidacy were invited to attend. Candidates who have confirmed their attendance include:

For Governor:  Republican candidates Ken Bennett, Christine Jones, Alice Lukasik, John Molina, Scott Smith and Frank Riggs; Libertarian candidate Barry Hess;  and Independent candidates Chip Howard and John Mealer.

For House District 1: Republican candidates Noel Campbell, Karen Fann, Linda Gray and Sean Englund, as well as Democratic candidate Frank James Cuccia.

For Senate District 1: Republican candidate Steve Pierce.

The forum is one of the first public gatherings for the candidates in the 2014 election series. The event is a partnership of the Anthem Community Council and the New River/Desert Hills Community Association.

For more information, visit www.onlineatanthem.com/candidate-forum or call 623.742.6065.

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