Interfaith Community Services has received $10,000 from Rincon Congregational United Church of Christ to provide healthy food to those in need in Pima County.
The gift allowed ICS to give out a record 1,317 holiday food packages in November and December, supplementing the Community Food Bank's monthly emergency food boxes and helping individuals and families obtain milk, vegetables and other fresh food not available in the boxes.
"The need for food and financial assistance in our community has grown dramatically as more people have lost their jobs," said ICS Executive Director Bonnie Kampa. "People are coming to us who have never needed help before."
ICS provided more than $1 million in food and financial assistance to more than 35,000 Pima County residents last year. That's up over one-third from the previous year.
"With the immense and growing human needs in our community, it is imperative that we use our resources wisely," said Rincon Pastor Steve Van Kuiken. "ICS is a way to pool and distribute our resources with efficiency and case management that faith communities cannot do individually. I am very grateful that ICS is here to provide this service."
The gift was made possible by the Dunham Trust Fund at Rincon. The Dunham family gave $500,000 to the church at 122 N. Craycroft Road to address hunger in our community and access issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The church's Justice and Witness Ministries Committee chose ICS to receive the gift.