As food banks in the East Valley experience shortages, businesses and organizations in the community are stepping up to help fill the shelves. In Gilbert, some much-needed help is coming from Farm Bureau Financial Services Cactus Agency.
According to a news release, the Arizona Chapter of the Farm Bureau Agent’s Association has donated $500 to Open Arms Care Center, the only food bank in Gilbert, and each Cactus agent is conducting a food drive in their individual offices.
On Nov. 16, Arizona Farm Bureau Federation employees and employees of the Farm Bureau Financial Services Arizona Regional Office, 325 S. Higley Road, partnered with the Cactus office for an all-employee food drive.
“As farmers and ranchers, we’re in the business of food. If you think hunger is only a developing country’s struggle, ask any American parent that’s had to put their child to bed hungry,” Arizona Farm Bureau President Kevin Rogers said in the release. “We have more Americans in food insecure settings than ever before. Arizona Farm Bureau and the farmers I work with will tell you we’re dedicated to making sure no one goes to bed hungry. This shouldn’t happen in our great country. We have the food – we just need to get it to those families in need.”
Open Arms Care Center, 522 N. Gilbert Road, #103, provides residents in need with food, personal hygiene supplies and other necessities. Open Arms volunteers include church members, business owners, community members and recipients, as well as Farm Bureau agents and managers, the release said.
“We’re proud to be part of this initiative to spotlight the need for local support for those enduring food insecurity issues here in our own community,” said Ron Lee, Regional Vice President, Farm Bureau Financial Services. “We recognize this isn’t just about people who live outside our line of sight. We all know someone – a neighbor, a family at church or a co-worker – who is struggling with hunger and poverty. We own this issue as a community.”