The Marana Community Food Bank received a $5,000 TRICO Electric Cooperative Power Grant. The grant has been used to purchase peanut butter with help from the Fry’s Food Store #689 at Tangerine and Thornydale roads.
The Marana Food Bank has seen an increase in demand for food assistance, while the amount of food available for distribution is decreasing. Recent, holiday food-drive donations decreased by 40 percent during the same time last year. The cost of food, due to poor weather conditions in the South, has increased the price of peanut butter dramatically.
Each family food box distributed at the Marana Community Food Bank includes two jars of peanut butter per month.
“Most children like peanut butter and it’s a good source of protein for lunches and after school snacks,” said Linda Hampton, the food bank’s executive director. “This help from TRICO Electric Cooperative could not have come at a better time to replenish our peanut butter supplies.”
The Marana Community Food Bank is a branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and serves more than 2,300 families monthly in the areas of Marana, Rillito, Avra Valley, Oro Valley and northwest Tucson. It is located at 11734 W. Grier Road, Marana, Arizona 85653
For information about receiving food assistance from the Marana Food Bank, call 682-3001.