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.
Ryan Brown, Phoenix Rescue Mission, cell: (302) 359-6780, firstname.lastname@example.org