Mom’s Pantry, a north Phoenix food bank, will host an open house event on Saturday, May 17th to celebrate its one-year anniversary.
Opened in May 2013, Mom’s Pantry, located at 13440 N. Cave Creek Road, is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency supplemental food aid to in-need families and individuals throughout Phoenix, particularly those in the North Phoenix neighborhood.
“We are so blessed and very excited to celebrate our first successful year,” said Joe Martinez, director at Mom’s Pantry. “We have met and tackled numerous challenges and opportunities, and are so grateful for the support of our community.”
In their first year, Martinez estimates that the pantry provided more than 72,000 meals to 23,000 people – equaling more than 125,000 pounds of food distributed, far beyond the preliminary estimates for the food bank.
“We could not have fed nearly 7,000 families without the help from our generous volunteers,” said Martinez. “The food and financial contributions and volunteered time from our local community have been key to a very good first year.”
Two groups central to the pantry’s success are the local family trust that founded the pantry and the outreach program at the nearby Phoenix First Assembly of God, which Martinez says provided about 50 percent of the contribution and volunteer help for Mom’s Pantry.
To thank and recognize the community for their support, Mom’s Pantry will be opening its doors from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and key leaders at the pantry will be giving facility tours. Members of the Mom’s Pantry Board of Directors will also be on hand to meet and greet visitors.
“If this first year is any indication of our future, I’m confident Mom’s Pantry will be a long-term resource in the fight against hunger in Arizona,” says Martinez.
For more information to volunteer your time or resources, host a food drive, donate food or provide financial assistance (100 percent of donations will be used for food), please contact Joe Martinez, Mom’s Pantry Director, at (602) 686-4014.