Did you know food insecurity is a health, education, and financial stability problem? In fact, one in five children experiences hunger and is unsure of where their next meal is coming from.
One in five children live in food insecure homes. There are 82,000 families in Maricopa County facing chronic food insecurity. Throughout 2023, we desire to reduce some of that stress. We seek to raise funds to support Valley of the Sun United Way’s Pantry Packs Program – a program that addresses hunger and food insecurity in Maricopa County schools.
United Way’s Pantry Packs Program for Students in Maricopa County:
Pantry Packs have a set menu of “shelf-stable pantry items” that include: Canned chicken, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, granola bars, fruit cups and peanut butter crackers. The items provided in the Pantry Packs help families stretch their food dollars, which is even more critical during the current health and financial crisis.
The goal of the program is to provide Pantry Packs to 1,500 students, in Maricopa County every month during the school year, to ensure they and their families have food staples to get them through the month. United Way is partnering with the Roosevelt, Cartwright and Murphy Elementary School Districts and Academia Del Pueblo and Frank Elementary School. United Way supplies the packs and participating schools determine which families have the highest need.
Join Lerner & Rowe, Whataburger + ALT AZ 93.3!
Support Valley of the Sun United Way’s Pantry Packs program! Your contribution helps provide a set menu of “shelf-stable pantry items” allowing families to stretch their food dollars. With current time this has only intensified food insecurity for individuals and families across Maricopa County. To address this challenge, Valley of the Sun United Way created the Pantry Packs program to serve local children and their families. Pantry Packs have a set menu of “shelf-stable pantry items” that help families stretch their food dollars.
United Way supplies the packs and ALT AZ 93-3, Lerner & Rowe and Whataburger will assemble them in mid-October, then the packs will be taken directly to a local school, which will help identify families with the highest need. Participating schools are located in South and Southwest Phoenix, Maryvale, and Guadalupe and have Free and Reduced Lunch eligibility
rates of 81% to 99%. The program will provide 1,500 Pantry Packs to students, every month, during the current school year.