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Food Bank volunteers handle huge Thanksgiving week demand – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2021-11-26 00:28:25 –

Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) —The busiest week of the year. Community Food Bank in Southern Arizona Hundreds of local families needed food on the table for Thanksgiving.

Hundreds of cars lined up outside the Tucson warehouse at the food bank on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Thankfully, dozens of dedicated volunteers were there to deliver for them.

“Without these volunteers, people wouldn’t be able to get food,” said Linda Smith, a weekly volunteer at a food bank since 2014.

The food bank reports that it serves 906 families on Tuesday and 711 families on Wednesday, serving a total of 1,617 families this week.

These numbers are down from last year’s Kino Sports Complex parking lot, which has four rows instead of two. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays before Thanksgiving 2020, we served 1,952 and 2,359 families, respectively.

Still, this year’s turnout shows what Smith calls the “urgent need” for food.

“Needs are very high,” she said about the time since the pandemic began. “It’s much longer, there are more cars, and the size of the family is bigger. You can say that these people need food. They’ve been waiting in line for hours. increase.”

The trunks of the arriving people were packed with essentials such as milk, eggs, butter, bread, cheese and produce.

This year, several volunteers participated in the movement, recognizing the growing need for people to cope with the growing need for food.

Lindsey Dooley recognized the impact of COVID and found an opportunity to give back, and did so in February.

“I was surprised that people in the United States and the cities I live in cannot feed their families as easily as others,” she said. “That’s why I wanted to help.”

Tuesday was Bryan Inn Gold’s first day as a volunteer. He returned to Tucson’s visiting family for a vacation this week, heard what his father was doing, found joy in a desperate place, and then volunteered.

“The kind may be a little heavy? And he’s always very happy when he speaks [volunteering]”Ingold said of his father.

It is a heartfelt gratitude that the volunteers found from the people who received the food.

“A lot of’thank you’, a lot of’God’s blessing’,” said Dooly. “A lot of gratitude and gratitude. People are very sweet. Everyone is so kind that I leave a really warm and vague feeling.”

“They are very grateful,” Ingold said. “It’s not a show, it’s not an act. It’s easy to see why I was absorbed in being here every week and later felt that way.”

High demand for food is expected to continue throughout the holiday season.

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