Winter Community Involvement: Arizona Brain Food and HART Pantry

Winter Community Involvement: Arizona Brain Food and HART Pantry

Beginning in 2019, the AFCCA FOundation for Children has decided to volunteer time along with a donation to different organizations that help us with our own mission of “keeping Arizona School Children Happy and Healthy.”

For the first quarter of 2019, a few board members went to down to the Arizona Brain Food warehouse in Mesa, AZ. AZ Brain Food is a non-profit organization that discreetly provides a backpack of food to feed hungry school children on the weekends in hopes that each child will return to school every Monday mentally aware and physically able to concentrate.

Every week volunteers fill bags of food for 3,600 students at 115 participating schools in the valley. When our board members arrived, we jumped right in unpacking pallets of food, getting organized and joining the assembly line to fill the grocery bags with the menu items for the week. This past week each student was getting 1 can of raviolis, a milk box, a juice box, a single serve cereal, a single serve mac & cheese, a beef jerky pack, an applesauce, a pack of tortillas and a granola bar. Each week is slightly different, but AZ Brain Food allows includes some sort of protein and complex carbs in order to keep the children full.

It’s a proven fact that children learn and perform better when they are not hungry, and many Arizona students only meals come from the free lunch program through the school system. Then they go home for the weekend. Organizations such as Arizona BrainFood fill the gap when these kids are not sure what their situation will be when they go home.

The AFCCA Board was happy to volunteer their time to this wonderful organization. We are pleased that we were also able to donate $1000 to AZ Brainfood (100% of public donations go directly to purchasing food. AzBrainfood is run by a team of volunteers working in a donated warehouse.)

The board also was able to donate $1000 to HART Pantry in Peoria, AZ. The goal of HART PANTRY is to reach local At-Risk Teens that do not have enough or any food at home. Working with local school and community counselors their staff strives to provide eligible teens with needed services.

We encourage each of you to also get out and volunteer within your community. Thank you to our Board of Directors, Nurse Coordinator, Volunteers and everyone who contributes to the AFCCA Foundation for Children.

We are proud that the Arizona Funeral Profession can make a difference in our communities by helping children be successful in school.

If you have a suggestion for a school or an organization in your community that can benefit from the AFCCA Foundation for Children, please email info@azfoundationforchildren.org

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