Summer months tough for food banks - Tucson News Now

Summer months tough for food banks

The Tucson Food Bank says it's about 1.3 million pounds lighter than it was at this time last year.

Food donations are down and demand has increased.

"Our demand is up about 6%," says Jack Parris, the public relations manager for the Community Food Bank.

That translates into about 9,000 more families looking for assistance.

And in the summer months, things will get worse.

"We do okay during the fall months and for the rest of the year we don't do that well," Parris says. "So summer months are really tough for us."

The food bank provides food for 32,000 families of month.

Things are equally tough, if not a bit more so, for the Vail Community Food Pantry.

It was started just 15 months ago to fill a growing need in the small town Southeast of Tucson.

"Our demand is getting bigger and our supply is getting smaller," says Tony Lawless, the director of the food bank.

As of last Saturday, there were only two cans of food on the shelves in the rented space which serves as a storeroom.

But a food drive on Saturday, brought in about 10,000 pounds in three and a half hours.

"That might get us through a few weeks," says Lawless.

But the pantry is having a hard time keeping up.

It relies solely on the charity of churches, schools and public donations. Sometimes that can be hit or miss.

"We're going to need some help," he says. I'd like to hook up with some of the bigger agencies."

Word of mouth has spread rapidly and he now hands out more than a hundred bags of food a week.

"I've lived here a longtime and people here are proud and don't like to ask for help even if they need it," he says.

But as the economy falters, more people are asking.

"We don't like to turn people away but its gotten to the point where we don't have anything to provide," Lawless says. "We will give until we have our last loaf of bread, we will give it to whomever asks for it."

The Vail Community Food Pantry lives month to month, trying not only to feed people, but to pay rent.

"We're broke on the second of every month because on the first we pay our bills,' he says. "So far we've been lucky."

 

 

 

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Gates Pass rollover crash brings safety concerns to forefront

    Gates Pass rollover crash brings safety concerns to forefront

    Tuesday, October 24 2017 1:33 AM EDT2017-10-24 05:33:06 GMT
    Crash on Sunday at Gates Pass Road. (Source: Northwest Fire District)Crash on Sunday at Gates Pass Road. (Source: Northwest Fire District)

    According to the Pima County Department of Transportation, they are working on safety projects in the problematic 1.5 mile stretch of Gates Pass Road, west of Camino De Oeste and east of Kinney Road, to "scope appropriate crash mitigation measures."

    According to the Pima County Department of Transportation, they are working on safety projects in the problematic 1.5 mile stretch of Gates Pass Road, west of Camino De Oeste and east of Kinney Road, to "scope appropriate crash mitigation measures."

  • Pima County warning residents jury duty scammers getting more aggressive

    Pima County warning residents jury duty scammers getting more aggressive

    Monday, October 23 2017 9:13 PM EDT2017-10-24 01:13:53 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    Someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer, or representative of the court has been calling residents in Pima County, telling them they are being contacted due to a "failure to appear" for jury duty.   

    Someone claiming to be a law enforcement officer, or representative of the court has been calling residents in Pima County, telling them they are being contacted due to a "failure to appear" for jury duty.   

  • Southern Arizona VA Health Care System to host open house

    Southern Arizona VA Health Care System to host open house

    Monday, October 23 2017 8:14 PM EDT2017-10-24 00:14:51 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    There will be a resource fair and town hall that will take place in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium, and a hiring fair will take place at the Sports Park located on the Tucson VA campus.   

    There will be a resource fair and town hall that will take place in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium, and a hiring fair will take place at the Sports Park located on the Tucson VA campus.   

Powered by Frankly