Food Bank can't give out holiday boxes this season
More people in need, fewer donations limit items
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona won’t be handing out holiday food boxes there year, even as more people seek help and donations are down.
Providing the holiday boxes has cost more than $350,000 in past years. Now, the Food Bank doesn’t have the resources, but regular food boxes will still be distributed during November and December, spokesman Jack Parris said Wednesday.
“It is disappointing that we will be unable to provide holiday food items,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank CEO, in a press release.
Last year, the Food Bank gave out about 22,500 holiday boxes in November and 22,000 in December. So far this year, on an average month, about 30,000 boxes have been distributed, Parris said.
Parris said supplemental food donations have dropped while they are working with the same annual budget as last year — $10 million.
“It was kind of a perfect storm with more people in need and donations down. We had to buy more food for regular items,” he said.
The Food Bank is referring people to the Salvation Army and Apostolic Deliverance Ministries for holiday meals.
For food box distribution sites or to make a monetary donation, visit the Food Bank's website at communityfoodbank.com.