Food Bank

Parker Community Food Bank Director Maria Sanchez is seen with some of the food items donated to the food bank. Sanchez said their need for donations is ongoing, but what they could really use right now is volunteers.

The Parker Community Food Bank has been busy these last few months, with demands for their services increasing as the coronavirus pandemic has caused economic damage in the community. However, Food Bank Director Maria Sanchez they are better off now than they were earlier this year. She noted the community has been very generous with donations.

“Our community has really helped us out,” she said. Earlier this year, their shelves were almost empty. Thanks to all the donations, they are now able to meet the needs of their clients. Sanchez said the difference between now and earlier in 2020 as “dramatic.”

“We’d like to thank our community for their generous donations,” she said.

Despite this, Sanchez said their need for food donations is ongoing. She said they can especially use canned goods. However, all food donations, including perishables, are welcome.

“We need anything and everything,” she said.

Sanchez said the food bank can also use volunteers. She said there is a shortage of volunteers to do much of the work the food bank needs to do.

“There is definitely a need for volunteers,” she said. “There’s a desperate need for volunteers.”

Sanchez said those individuals sentenced by the local courts to perform community service and fulfill their obligations by volunteering at the food bank.

The Parker Community Food Bank is located at 1124 Geronimo Avenue, next to the Hampton Inn Hotel. Their hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. The phone number is 928-669-0114.

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