As we approach the holiday season, the Parker Community Food Bank is in dire need of donations. Food Bank Director Maria Sanchez said they wouldn’t have had turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners if it hadn’t been for a generous and anonymous donation.

“We need lots of donations,” she said.

The food bank’s pantry and storage areas are very low on supplies right now. They have very little in their refrigeration and freezer units.

“If it hadn’t been for the donation of turkey and fixings, our shelves would be bare,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez said they especially need canned goods. They also need pasta, cereal, baby food and formula, bread, and refrigerated or frozen food.

Despite being low on supplies, Sanchez said they try their best to meet the needs of those individuals and families who come to them.

“We have families who come to us because they’re in need,” she said. “We try to help everyone the best we can.”

Something else Sanchez said they need are volunteers. She said she doesn’t have a lot of them, and most of them are elderly. She said she hopes some young people will want to serve the community by volunteering at the food bank.

The Parker Food Bank is located at 1124 Geronimo Avenue, next to the Hampton Inn. They’re open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They can accept donations during these hours. To set up a donation at another time, call 928-669-0114. They ask that donated food items not be left outside their door during non-business hours.

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