Director’s Note

The holidays are a time of reflection, and a time to express gratitude for all that we have. Unfortunately, many people do not have all of their basic needs met, including sufficient access to food.

In this season of gratitude, the Food Bank team would like to give thanks for all the wonderful things people in our community do for the Valley Food Bank throughout the year.

We are thankful to have incredible support from the community, civic organizations and the plethora of heroes and partnering places of worship. Not only do organizations make financial donations, but many also encourage their employees to contribute by offering employer-matching programs.

It is not just the businesses that give generously. The majority of our budget comes from individuals. We are extremely grateful for the hundreds of individuals who fund our work with their generous personal financial donations. We honor all financial support by keeping our administrative and fundraising cost at a minimum, and this allows us to distribute the equivalent of four meals for every dollar we receive.

People do not just share their treasure with us—they also donate their precious time collecting food on our behalf. We want to recognize all the volunteers that organize food and fund drives within their businesses, schools, place of worship, neighborhoods and service clubs throughout the year.

We would not be able to process all the incoming food donations and serve the thousands of people each month if we did not have our invaluable volunteers. Our supporters volunteer their time in our warehouse, in our pantry network, and at community events.

We also would like to recognize the value of working with our partner agencies throughout the year. We share the common goal of providing assistance to people in need within our community. Collectively, we are able to serve more people and continue our campaign of “Fighting Hunger – Feeding Hope.”

If you have ever donated a single can of food, made a financial donation of any kind, volunteered your time, attended an event of ours … we thank you. It may seem like a small act to you, but to someone else it can be the difference between food on their table or skipping another meal. We are THANKFUL for you!

 

Blessings,

Will – Humberto – Allan – Frank