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Community View | Elks helps food bank buy freezer

The Arizona Elks have made a donation enabling the replacement of an essential freezer to the Kingman Area Food Bank!

This freezer is used daily as our community members are provided emergency food in the food bank store. Donations from St. Mary’s Food Bank, Safeway, Walmart, Bashas’ and Smith’s as well as several other local retail establishments are collected daily using our Food Bank refrigerated truck. We store these frozen items in a large, warehouse walk-in freezer. As Mohave residents pass through our store, they collect canned, baked and packaged dry foods as well as dairy and frozen foods to feed their families. Having this freezer allows us an efficient way to give out frozen products to feed their families.

The state association of the Arizona Elks provided a donation of $4,992 to replace the freezer we were using, which is broken and required repairs costing thousands of dollars. Jerry Grimes championed this cause for our community with the Elks. Without his support this would not have happened. Mr. Grimes is a true good Samaritan for this community!

We worked through Home Depot and a local electrician in Kingman and were able to get the unit delivered and installed within the month. Installation was completed on Nov. 5 and on Nov. 6 we were able to use this unit to provide 53 local families with frozen foods.

The Kingman Area Food Bank is a 501c3 charitable organization. It is not government funded, and it relies totally on volunteers and donations to continue to provide emergency food in Mohave County.

From our warehouse on Butler Avenue, we receive and distribute over 1.4 million pounds of food annually to strive for elimination of hunger in Kingman and Mohave County.

The COVID-19 crisis has increased the community need, while complicating the distribution process for people to obtain this much-needed food. The food bank has risen to this task!

Everyone coming to the food bank must wear a mask, be subject to “no-contact” temperature checks, and have identification or a way to prove local residency. If you don’t have a mask, the food bank has a limited number available.

Social distancing is required and only nine people at a time are permitted into our waiting room and six people at a time in the store. We discourage children under 18, however, we will not turn anyone away during our operating hours. Want to help? Over 40 volunteers work every day to distribute food and we can always use more, or you can make a tax-deductible donation.

For more information on the food bank visit our Facebook page or kingmanareafoodbank.org, or contact Mark McGregor, executive director, Kingman Area Food Bank, 2930 E. Butler Ave., at 928-757-4165, 928-716-4497 or kfbexecutivedirector@suddenlinkmail.com.

(Mark McGregor is the executive director of the Kingman Area Food Bank.)

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