We get the darndest things and we use them all
A few months ago, Trident Gum changed packaging and we got 6,000 packs of gum. A label mistake on high-end squeezable fruit packaged for toddlers resulted in hundreds of cases being given to us. These are examples of a few of the many unexpected and unusual treats we receive and can give to our clients. Oftentimes, we share with Genesis, a nearby nonprofit that provides lunchtime meals to the less fortunate.
Here are examples of some of the other goodies we receive:
- Midwest Food Bank, a Mesa-based nonprofit that gives to other food banks for free.
- Sunshine Acres, which always gives generously to the Food Bank, donated 1,300 pounds of ice cream and 475 bottles of barbecue sauce in February.
- The Church of Latter-day Saints of Jesus Christ and local Boy Scouts troops held a drive and collected 1,460 pounds of food.
- CVS and other stores frequently donate leftover goods from holidays including paper products, decorations, candy, cards, gift bags and lights.
- Fry’s Food and Drug managers Bob Zimmerman and Chris Adams, at the AJ store on Apache Trail and Mesa store on Signal Butte, respectively, volunteer dozens of their employees to the AJ Food Bank to work during the holidays or just because.
Unique giving caught on camera:
(Photo by Apache Junction Independent)
Keith George, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, presents AJ Food Bank board member Georga Humphreys with $2,597 cash and 257 pounds of food. The donations were raised during the Eighth Annual Community Appreciation Dinner and Dance at Meridian Manor.
AJ Food Bank Operations Manager Jim Jones, Board Treasurer Georga Humphreys, Board President Robert Mohle and employees from the Fry’s Mesa store Alisha Coleman, Bekkah Tomaszewski and Michael Guzman pose for a quick picture after the group helped clean out a storage facility. Soon to become Apache Trails South Storage, the facility was recently purchased by Kerry and Kim Taylor. The couple and manager Sharon Tokey wanted to “do something to help the community.”
Right Away Disposal donated about $200 in shredding old records from storage. Here Food Bank Operations Manager Jim Jones, RAD’s Larry Williams and AJ Food Bank Board Member Sharon Allison-Brown happily say goodbye to 38 cases chock full.
Pinal County Supervisor Todd House, District 5, pictured here, donated 25,000 diapers and 8,000 wipes to three area nonprofits including the AJ Food Bank for clients with young babies and toddlers. The generous gift helps provide one of the most expensive items parents need and his annual gift will benefit hundreds of families.
Director Judy Herr and treasurer Mary Williams of the Village Voices presented Robert Mohle, president of the board of the Apache Junction Food Bank, with a check for $1,600. Half of the proceeds from their Christmas concert goes to our cause.