Thu, April 09

Food Neighbors April collection helping many

The April 12 Yavapai Food Neighbors Project Collection, once again held at the Outlet Mall, proved to be yet another miraculous event, bringing in a total of 3,429 pounds of generous and healthy food donations.

Thanks to the wonderful volunteers carrying bright green Project bags in our Village/Big Park Community and throughout the Verde Valley, Food Banks here are now perpetually filled. Please take pride in the following statistics:

• VOC  - 17 Neighborhood Coordinators

• Total pounds -- 3,429

• Number Bags Collected -- 277

Number Active Donors -- 302 

• Sedona -- 12 Neighborhood Coordinators

• Total pounds -- 1,976.5

• -- Number Bags Collected, 160

• Number of Active Donors, 208

• Cottonwood -- 15 Neighborhood Coordinators from Camp Verde, Cornville, Rimrock, Cottonwood, and Clarkdale   

• Total pounds, 3,035.7

• Number Bags Collected, 231

• Number of Active Donors, 293

• Total Verde Valley - 48 Neighborhood Coordinators   

• Total pounds -- 12,797.2

• Number Active Donors -- 801

• Number Bags Collected -- 668

Many sincere thanks go to all those who make it possible for this project to provide hunger relief to so many in our community.

Emergency Food Providers Receiving Food from April 2014 Collections:

• Sedona Community Food Bank

• Sedona Community Center Food Pantry

• Sedona YMCA Youth Pantry

• Verde Valley School Youth Pantry benefiting Big Park Weekend Backpack Program

• Red Rock High School Youth Pantry

• West Sedona School Weekend Backpack program

• St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry- Sedona

• Adventist Community Services - Camp Verde

• Rising Hope Food Pantry

• Beaver Creek Food Program

• Old Town Mission

The reality is that many neighbors in our Sedona and Village of Oak Creek Community do not know where their next meal will come from. The invaluable contributions of area churches and organizations have long supported our Food Banks, but many individuals also want to help, as the need of our local hungry dramatically worsens.

The Yavapai Food Neighbors Project has stepped in with extraordinary community support and results since it's inception here in August 2013. For the first time, a perpetual supply of food has been made possible at our local Food Banks. Project Collections are held in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek and in Cottonwood, with Food Neighbor volunteers joining in throughout the Verde Valley. Whatever is collected here stays here, and food donations are year-round, not just at the Holidays.

The SIMPLE concept makes it EASY to volunteer. Two volunteer options are available: as a Donor, you fill a signature green bag with non-perishable food donations, which are collected on your doorstep every-other month on Collection Day (with reminders).

Or, as a Neighborhood Coordinator, you communicate Project info with a small group of Donors and happily pick up their green bags on Collection Day. That's it! It's an enjoyable, community-building concept that really works for everyone...and the results are remarkable.

If you would like to do your part, please sign up at There, you may also view an informative video about the Project and how this concept has helped other communities throughout the west.

For further questions and to learn about Bag Sponsorship opportunities, please call Gail Simpson 284-9720.

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