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CCV organizing food drive to feed 7,500 families

Staff Report~ 11/26/2014

PEORIA – Christ’s Church of the Valley has kicked off a food drive to feed thousands of local families. 

“One out of every four children in Arizona – our children – lives in poverty,” said CCV Pastor Dr. Don Wilson. “Our goal is to provide CCV families with the opportunity to serve their communities in a big way.” 

CCV members will provide 15,000 boxes of food to 7,500 families in 160 public schools across the Valley during their two-week winter break. CCV has begun distributing empty boxes to members, who will fill them with the specific, nutritionally balanced foods needed to feed a family of four. Requested food donations include canned vegetables, jelly, peanut butter, chicken noodle soup, pinto beans, rice, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna or chicken, canned mixed fruit, spaghetti sauce, and spaghetti. 
A comprehensive list can be found online at ccvonline.com/familytofamily. 

Members and the community can pick up empty boxes through Dec. 7 and can drop off filled boxes during weekend services through Dec.14.  Boxes will be delivered to schools during the weeks of Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. In addition to filling boxes, there are volunteer positions available for members and the community to sort and seal boxes on each campus.

“Based on the responses from parents and schools the past two years, we know we can meet a major local need,” said Ashley Wooldridge, Executive Pastor, “Our ‘Family to Family’ service project not only provides a steady source of food during a difficult time of year, it also extends hope to families and schools.”

CCV is working with the school districts nearest its five campuses to provide food to their communities.  With campuses in Anthem, Mesa, Peoria, Surprise, and Scottsdale, CCV is working with the Deer Valley, Pendergast, Mesa, Peoria, Washington, Cartwright, Paradise Valley, and Dysart districts.

For more information, see www.ccvonline.com/familytofamily.