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Saturday, July 22, 2017

SMCC to Continue St. Mary’s Discount Food Box Distribution

For the third year, South Mountain Community College employees and students will help their neighbors by packing and selling discounted boxes of food as volunteers for the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance.

The first of seven Food Value Club sales throughout the 06-07 school year will be Sept. 8. Additional Friday dates are: Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1, Feb. 2, March 2, and April 13.

Distribution (all dates) will be from noon to 2 pm, in the east parking lot of the Performing Arts Center at SMCC, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix, just north of Baseline Rd.

“Community members have expressed great appreciation for the food sales,” said Cheryl Blain, Program Advisor of Community Outreach and Volunteerism at SMCC. “At the same time, SMCC employees and students enjoy volunteering and seeing the benefits of this outreach project.”

The Food Value Club program (formerly Cash & Carry Program) is designed to provide low-cost, high-quality food. Blain stressed that it is not a government program, a handout or a charity, and that anyone is welcome to purchase the food. St. Mary’s Food Bank purchases high-quality food at a reduced price and passes the savings along to consumers.

“This is not a government subsidized program. Anyone who wants to can use it, there is no paperwork,” according to Blain. All purchases must be in cash.

As an example of what the program offers: $15 could purchase a FoodCARE box, which contains frozen meat items, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and rice. A meat box, available for $10, contains an average of 8 to 11 pounds of high quality meat and vegetarian boxes include a variety of canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and rice for $10.

With the purchase of any box, buyers will receive additional free food items such fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We are a family at South Mountain Community College, and we extend that feeling to the community,” Blain said.

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