Help stop hunger on March 23

Nancy McCluskey-Moore/Robert L. Wample

The 21st annual SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) Food Drive will be held on Saturday, March 23. Once again, SaddleBrooke Ranch Community will be cooperating on this significant and needed community event. On that day, volunteers will gather donations of food and money to support the Tri-Community Food Bank (TCFB) based in Mammoth. TCFB serves needy families living in Mammoth, San Manuel and Oracle. In the Tri-Community area, 20% of households live below the poverty level and 10% are below 50% of the poverty level.

The donations made by SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch residents help to provide monthly emergency food boxes to 338 households (1,092 people). Unit coordinators will be working with additional volunteers within their units to distribute more information on this charitable event. All monetary contributions go directly to grocery purchases and related expenses. It should be noted that such monetary contributions have approximately a six-fold benefit (i.e. a $10 contribution can be used to purchase $60 in groceries and related expenses). Like SBCO, TCFB is an all-volunteer organization and is an IRS 501(c)(3) and AZ non-profit charitable organization.

Bagged food donations should be left on your curb by 8:30 a.m. on March 23. They will be collected by Volunteer Unit Captains and the other unit volunteers and taken to the MountainView Clubhouse for sorting, packing and transport to the TCFB warehouse facility in Mammoth.

To make a monetary donation, please make your check payable to “SBCO Food Drive” and write your unit number on the memo line. You can either attach the check to your food bag or mail/deliver it to SBCO, 63675 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd., Ste. L, Tucson, AZ 85739. At SaddleBrooke Ranch you can take your check to the Hacienda front desk, deliver it to your Unit Captain, attach it to your food bag or mail it directly to SBCO at the address provided above.

If you would like to volunteer to assist with the drive, please contact Andrea Stephens at [email protected] or 520-818-9306 at SaddleBrooke or Bob Wample [email protected] or 559-696-3769 at SaddleBrooke Ranch.

Your support is greatly appreciated. We need people to help sort, pack and transport donations!

Some of the 2018 SaddleBrooke Ranch volunteers. Through the SBCO Food Drive, SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch residents generously contribute to the Tri-Community Food Bank.