Phoenix Rescue Mission Announces “Fed Up!” Holiday Campaign

Holiday Campaign Gives Families Access to Food Boxes, Turkeys, Resources and More

 

PHOENIX  (October 19, 2021) – Phoenix Rescue Mission, a provider of Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger, homelessness, addiction, and trauma, is excited to announce the launch of its annual “Fed Up! Hungry for Change” holiday campaign, which runs now through Dec. 31.

Phoenix Rescue Mission created the campaign in 2020 to start fixing how society has dealt with hunger in the past – primarily by treating the symptoms of hunger without addressing the root causes that stem from a lack of vocational development, education, counseling, mental health services and other resources.

“The holiday season can be an especially challenging time for families facing food insecurity,” said Ken Brissa, CEO. “We’re not only aiming to give community members in need warm meals and food boxes with pantry items, but also equipping them with access to addiction recovery services, vocational development, job opportunities, counseling, case management, and many other life-transforming resources.”

The campaign relies on public support and makes it easy for Arizonans to help, either through volunteering, making a donation online or by bringing food and other needed items directly to Phoenix Rescue Mission. The campaign will feature several events, including community markets, the Frozen Turkey Saturday, a Thanksgiving outreach event, a Christmas parade and a gift drive.

Donations made to the Fed Up! campaign will support the thousands of families served each month by Phoenix Rescue Mission’s various programs, including its Hope for Hunger Food Bank, Mobile Food Pantries, Hope Coach Street Outreach services, and others designed to end the cycle of poverty.


This year’s schedule is as follows:

Nov. 4 and Dec. 2: West Phoenix Mobile Food Pantry

Created to decrease food insecurity and improve food accessibility across the Valley, Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Mobile Pantry initiative will visit the Murphy neighborhood to connect with disadvantaged families, provide them with nutritious meals, and help them access the resources to end their cycle of poverty. The public is encouraged to stop by the event at Ministerio Un Ejercito Para Cristo (4013 W. Maricopa Street) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., or as long as supplies last.

Oct. 23 and Nov. 13: West Phoenix Community Market

Created to distribute food that are donated from sources including St. Mary’s Food Bank and the community. Food bags, hygiene items and cleaning supplies will be given to families while supplies last. The public is encouraged to stop by from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Ministerio Un Ejercito Para Cristo (4013 W. Maricopa Street). There is no cost to participate. ID is required.

For questions, please contact Angie Hatcher at (602) 346-3383 or ahatcher@phxmission.org.

Nov. 16 and Dec. 21: South Mountain Community Market

Created to distribute food and clothing items that are donated by individuals, businesses, and churches in the community. . Food bags, hygiene items and cleaning supplies will be given to families while supplies last. The public is encouraged to stop by from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the First New Life Church (1902 W. Roeser Road). There is no cost to participate. ID is required.

Nov. 13: Frozen Turkey Saturday

Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Frozen Turkey Saturday aims to collect more than 1,500 turkeys, which will be delivered directly to families in need during the Mission’s Thanksgiving Outreach Event and at the Hope for Hunger Food Bank. The public is encouraged to stop by the drive-thru event at the Mission’s Hope for Hunger Food Bank (5605 N. 55th Avenue) and donate a frozen turkey, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please contact Catie Hammann at (602) 346-3347 or gikhelp@phxmission.org if you would like to start a non-perishable foods, turkey or gift drive.

Nov. 20: Public Thanksgiving Outreach Event

Phoenix Rescue Mission’s second annual drive-thru event at Sullivan Elementary School (2 N. 31st Ave.) will distribute turkeys and sides, food bags, and hygiene kits. There is no registration required and first come are first served from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or as long as supplies last. To volunteer at this event, please sign up at phxmission.org/volunteer.

Dec. 11: Hometown Christmas Parade

Beginning at 11 a.m. on Glendale Avenue in downtown Glendale, the public is encouraged to donate canned and nonperishable foods at the parade, which will go to the families served at the Hope for Hunger Food Bank this winter.

Dec. 18: Winter Wonderland Community Event (guests by pre-registration only)

The Mission is partnering with local businesses, churches, and individuals to collect new, unwrapped toys, nonperishable foods, and toiletries. Gifts can be collected by hand or purchased on the Mission’s Amazon Charity List at phxmission.org/christmaslist. The Mission will then provide the gifts, food bags, and toiletries to families in need via its annual Winter Wonderland event. To volunteer at this event, please sign up at phxmission.org/volunteer.


For information on how to support Phoenix Rescue Mission’s “Fed Up! Hungry for Change” campaign, please visit www.phoenixrescuemission.org.

 

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Phoenix Rescue Mission

Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger, homelessness, addiction, and trauma. The nonprofit Mission, which has been operating since 1952, is asking the public for support of its many programs designed to transform lives, including Hope for Hunger Food Bank, Hope Coach Street Outreach, Temporary Shelter Programs, Men’s Addiction Recovery Program and the Changing Lives Center for Women and Children.

Media Contact: Ivana Morales, 973-864-4523, ivana@evolveprandmarketing.com

 

Hope for Hunger Food Bank Launches “Stock the Pantry” Initiative during “Hunger Action Month”

Hope for Hunger Food Bank Launches ‘Stock the Pantry’ Initiative During ‘Hunger Action Month'

Phoenix Rescue Mission’s food bank asking public to help address food insecurity in the Valley

PHOENIX (September 1, 2021) – Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Hope for Hunger Food Bank is launching its “Stock the Pantry” campaign, a month-long food drive beginning on September 1 to support the high number of families suffering from food insecurity, largely as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

Stock the Pantry will coincide with Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign championed by Feeding America to stand against hunger and raise awareness of the millions of children and adults who aren’t getting the proper food they need to thrive. Locally, the number of families experiencing food insecurity is increasing faster than current supplies can maintain, which is why Hope for Hunger is asking the public to help “Stock the Pantry.” Supporters of the campaign can bring dry and canned foods directly to Hope for Hunger in Glendale or donate online at phxmission.org/stockthepantry

“One in eight Arizona households rely on food banks to feed their families; meaning, many of our neighbors are struggling to make ends meet right now,” said Phoenix Rescue Mission CEO, Ken Brissa. “Families that never dreamed of needing help with food are finding themselves outside our doors. There’s no telling how many more will need help in the weeks and months ahead.”

Arizona reported the 3rd highest poverty rate among the nation’s 25 largest metro areas, with one in five children suffering from hunger, according to statistics measured prior to the pandemic. As the pandemic continues to impact the local community, the number of children suffering from food insecurity is only expected to rise, especially in the next few months. Phoenix Rescue Mission and Hope for Hunger are addressing the problem of food insecurity holistically, not only treating the hunger symptoms but also the root causes, by providing job training, help with required certifications and education, counseling and other resources.

“We are fighting hunger in our communities in several ways,” said Brissa. “For one, we are feeding hundreds in our residential recovery programs. In addition, we’ve established vocational training programs while simultaneously offering food at our Hope for Hunger Food Bank, which is one of the largest food banks in the Valley serving more than 150 people per day. Finally, we’re helping struggling families with groceries and hygiene supplies at our Community Market and Mobile Food Pantries.”

Families across the Valley will immediately benefit from the Stock the Pantry campaign, thanks to the streamlined, mobile efforts of Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Community Engagement teams. In fact, staff and volunteers can quickly distribute food and resources to various high-demand regions of the metropolitan area via several targeted Mobile Food Pantries. This allows Phoenix Rescue Mission to bypass transportation barriers that have traditionally kept many families from receiving the food and resources they so desperately need.

“We are acutely aware of the fact that the Valley has many food desserts, where there’s not only a lack of food in the regions but most families living there don’t even have transportation to get to a food pantry,” said Brissa. “That’s where we come in. We’ve targeted several regions where we can set up shop in those neighborhoods and get this food to those who need it most. But we can’t do that without the help from the public, and that’s what Stock the Pantry is all about – raising awareness of the need and motivating the public into action.”

For more information and to learn about Phoenix Rescue Mission and Hope for Hunger Food Bank, please visit www.PhoenixRescueMission.org

 

Phoenix Rescue Mission:

Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger, homelessness, addiction, and trauma. The nonprofit Mission, which has been operating since 1952, is asking the public for support of its many programs designed to transform lives, including Hope for Hunger Food Bank, Hope Coach Street Outreach, Temporary Shelter Programs, Men’s Addiction Recovery Program and the Changing Lives Center for Women and Children.

 

Media Contact:

Ryan Brown, Phoenix Rescue Mission, cell: (302) 359-6780, rbrown@phxmission.org

Food on the Go!

Where the hungry can’t get to us, we go to the hungry! In our research and experience, we’ve learned that bringing food and hygiene assistance to the communities in need is a crucial step in reaching families who need assistance.

South Phoenix Community Market

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of every month, the First New Life Church at 1902 W. Roeser Road hosts our South Phoenix Community Market. Here we distribute hygiene products along with much-needed canned and dry foods at no cost to the hungry and the hurting.

West Phoenix Food Pantry

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month, Ministerio Un Ejercito Para Cristo/Army for Christ Ministries at 4013 W. Maricopa Street hosts our Mission Mobile Pantry. This distribution site is strategically located in a “food desert” – an area where it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food – to help families make ends meet, and get some much-needed nutrition at the same time.

West Phoenix Community Market

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, our Community Market opens up shop at 4013 W. Maricopa Street. Families are welcome to food boxes filled with canned and dry goods, as well as hygiene products ranging from paper towels and toilet paper to cleaning supplies and personal care items.

Want to help us serve families in our community? Check out the volunteer opportunities at phxmission.org/volunteer! Also, if you know someone who may be food insecure – help us get the word out! There are no zip code or income restrictions; a photo ID is all that’s required to participate. You can find out more at phxmission.org/hunger.

Hope for the Hungry [Angela’s story]

When her cupboard was bare, you came through for Angela! 

It seemed like all of Angela’s dreams were coming true.

The adoption papers had been finalized. She was getting ready to start a new job that would allow ample time with her new baby. Everything she had worked for was finally falling into place.

Then Angela tested positive for COVID-19.

“I had it for 19 days, so it was pretty bad.” Angela remembers. “You can’t leave your house; you can’t do anything.”

The virus effectively put her under house arrest. Her employer moved on. Without the ability to buy food, her health and her adoption were in jeopardy.

In desperation, Angela reached out for help through email – and you answered the call.

Angela was in a tight spot. She couldn’t leave her house and was running out of food. But even if her COVID disappeared tomorrow, she didn’t have the money to afford groceries – let alone all the things her new baby would need. In a frenzy, she began emailing organizations across the Valley looking for help. Thanks to your support, our Case Manager Ceanna responded.

“Ceanna was the one who ended up emailing me back and saying that she found my information, and that she wanted to help me. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s so awesome!’ I was so thankful because I couldn’t get an answer from anyone else.”

The next day, Angela opened her door to find food, clothes and a few surprises waiting for her.

“Ceanna showed up at my door with all kinds of food. They gave me meat, eggs, milk, produce, canned goods, everything that I need. It was all fresh, nothing out of date. They even gave me vitamins for COVID, and toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and a bunch of toiletries.”

When Angela needed help putting food on the table for herself and her baby, your support allowed our Hope for Hunger Food Bank to be there with fresh food and other essentials for them.

But it was what she found next that touched her heart.

“I found things in there for my baby,” she says wiping away a tear. “They gave me little clothes, pacifiers, diapers, wipes and formula too... Then Ceanna says to me, ‘Whatever you need, just tell me, and I’ll get it for you. If we have it, it’s yours.’ All I could say was, ‘Wow!’”

“Wow!” That’s the sound of your support in action. Today, Angela is the proud mother of a 4-month-old, she’s COVID-free and is well on her way to finding employment through our Vocational Development Program – thanks to the loving partnership of friends like you.

But Angela’s predicament is far from unique. Since the pandemic, a staggering 1 in 3 households in Arizona are experiencing food insecurity. That’s a 28% increase over the year before! Out of sight and alone, it’s easy for people like Angela to fall through the cracks.

Elzbieta, a 55-year-old immigrant from Poland was struggling to make rent when the pandemic hit.

“I moved to Glendale to work at a German restaurant, then the business closed because of the coronavirus.”

Then Elzbieta got sick.

“About December, I got the coronavirus myself. I was struggling with it for six weeks. I needed help! Then somebody told me about you [Phoenix Rescue Mission].”

When Elzbieta came knocking, your compassion opened the door, bringing fresh food and toiletries to her home.

“God provided for me! The [Hope for Hunger] Food Bank means so much. Looking at what they have given me makes me say ‘hallelujah!’ I appreciate it so much. It’s wonderful!”

Elzbieta migrated from Poland, but found herself out of work because of COVID. She was directed to Phoenix Rescue Mission where she found the help she needed.

Without you, these and many other stories would turn tragic. But thanks to your support, we’re able to stand in the gap for people like Angela and Elzbieta, giving them hope and a hand up that sees them through to the other side of these uncertain times.

In 2020, food prices jumped 2.6% and it shows no sign of stopping. The USDA estimates grocery bills rising another 3% by the end of the year – putting a huge strain on the families we serve.

nbcnews.com, ers.usda.gov

With your support during Hunger Action Month each September and throughout the rest of the year, we’re standing in the gap to keep hungry men, women and children safe and fed. You can make a difference today by starting a canned food drive in your neighborhood, workplace or church.
Visit phxmission.org/needs for more information.

Easter Is Coming and We Need Your Help!

Thanks to friends like you, our drive-thru Easter Community Outreach last year was a huge success! Cars lined up in droves as families arrived looking to celebrate the most important day of the year. We provided over 600 children with Easter baskets as well as bags stuffed with food and supplies for each family to help keep the dinner table full.

We need your help to do it again!

After a full year of COVID, the challenges our families are facing are mounting. We’re expecting 400 struggling families to attend this event - over 1,000 children total. To make sure we have a basket for every child and emergency food for every family, we’re asking you and our local church and business partners to help meet the need!

With your help, we can give our community a reason to celebrate while connecting them to the services that can keep them stable during these uncertain times! For more information or to set up a collection drive, contact Catie Hammann, Gift-In-Kind Coordinator, at 602-346-3347 or at gikhelp@phxmission.org.

Any items collected in person can be delivered to our Donation Warehouse at 3440 W. Lewis, Building A Suite G, Phoenix, AZ 85009 between 7:30am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday.

WAYS TO HELP IN 2021

  • Hold a canned food drive at your church or business.
  • Start an Easter Basket assembly event as a team-building exercise.
  • Give a financial gift and let us do the shopping!
  • Shop on our Amazon Wish List (which automatically ships to us) at phxmission.org/easterlist