February 2024

As the days began to get longer, pointing to spring, we experienced some challenging wintry weather.

On February 10, in the middle of this year’s heaviest snowfall, our volunteers delivered 86 supplemental food bags to our intrepid clients who braved the weather and ventured to the food bank.  We erected our shade tents that ordinarily protect volunteers from the scorching sun and they somewhat shielded the distribution from the continuous snowfall.  Despite the bad weather, the mood was festive and everyone enjoyed the event.

Our Monday veggie distribution produce supply has continued to be spotty, however we are able to still offer fresh veggies to our community.  As the month went on, the vegetable supply increased a bit and we predict much better quality veggies soon. Community response to our veggie distributions has been very good, despite the issues we are encountering. We are certainly looking forward to an increased supply of better quality as the harvest season continues.

In early February I was invited to be a presenter at a conference hosted by the American Heart Association, Banner Health and the University of Arizona titled “Embracing Culture in Nutrition Security”.  I gave a presentation outlining what we do at the ESCCC Food Bank which was well received by attendees.  I was also able to sit in on the other programs and I picked up some valuable tips and perspectives.

We will be distributing holiday hams on Saturday, March 23, just in time for holiday meals.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our food bank!