The holidays are a time for sharing, a fact proven every year by those in our community who give their time or resources to important causes. In the Town of Marana, we are fortunate to have helpful, generous people who care about those who need assistance.

One of our most inspiring success stories is found at the Marana Community Food Bank with its 130 active volunteers. Those men and women pick up, sort and distribute food, drive delivery trucks and greet clients. They also pack food bags, assist at events and fundraisers and some serve on the organization’s volunteer advisory board.

Food bank Director Linda Hampton says her volunteers work tirelessly and are greatly appreciated by the 2,800 families who need the organization’s emergency assistance. Clients and staff often tell volunteers how much they appreciate them. The Food Bank wouldn’t function without people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and help their neighbors.

The food bank is always in need of contributions, whether through non-perishable items or monetary gifts. The holidays, of course, are a time when we all think more about giving, but need knows no season. Unfortunately, there will always be people who require help. Fortunately, the food bank thrives on the generosity of our caring community and Linda does a fantastic job running the organization. We are lucky to have her in Marana.

Please consider helping those among us who need assistance during this season of giving. Linda says one of her favorite quotes is, “We make a living with what we get. We make a life with what we give.” Her organization’s volunteers are proof that we have many people in Marana and the region who follow that advice and believe in the food bank’s mission.

I hope your holidays are filled with joy and good times with family and friends. Brighten the lives of others by supporting an organization that serves the less fortunate in the community.

For more information about supporting the Marana Community Food Bank, please call 682-3001 or visit

(Editor’s Note: Ed Honea is the mayor of Marana.)

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