Usually when I blog, I try to add in some humor or sassy comment to keep you engaged, but I don’t think I can do that today.
Yesterday we announced that we would be participating in the City of Chandler’s food drive and offering anyone who dropped off food during Sleeping Beauty a chance to win two tickets to see The Nutcracker.
Even if you don’t like ballet, please give us a hand, and drop off some non-perishable food that you’ve had in your pantry but don’t plan on eating. Trust me, we’ll find someone who wants it.
In Arizona, over 800,000 people ( 1 in 7) are living in poverty, and that number is growing. Since the recession, people have had to make choices like, “What gets paid this month, rent or electricity?” or “Can I start eating less to keep the AC running so my kids don’t get heat stroke?”
I’ve known plenty of people in these situations, and they aren’t looking for a hand out, but a way out. If accepting help from the food bank means that all bills are paid in full and they can start getting ahead, then that’s what has to be done. But with more and more people needing help, there is enormous strain on the food banks to help people improve their situations.
Plus, school is almost out. For some kids, that means that the assurance of two meals a day (free or reduced breakfast and lunch) is going away for a few months, so the food banks will have to step in and help make sure these kids get the nutrition they need to start school in the fall healthy and ready to learn.
This is where we come in. If you happen to be anywhere in Chandler and know that you can drop off a pack of juice boxes or a box of granola, please do so. Here is a list of places that you can drop off food, including CCA. Of course, we’d love to see you this weekend at Sleeping Beauty so you can enter the raffle, but really, we just hope to see the community step in and help their neighbors.