|On Dec. 14, members of Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scout Troop 106 gave specially wrapped bags of pretzels to families in need at the Beaver Creek Food Bank. Pictured from left, scouts Eisabel Wright and Bella Ciminieri. VVN/Bill Helm|
|Maryann Thomas, left, administrative assistant at Beaver Creek School, helps Rimrock resident LaDonna Sharp sign in to collect a box of food at the Beaver Creek Food Bank on Dec. 14. VVN/Bill Helm|
BEAVER CREEK - Since 2009, the Beaver Creek Food Bank has been the go-to place for Rimrock and Lake Montezuma residents who struggle to feed their families.
The Food Bank, started by Beaver Creek School District Superintendent Karin Ward and Central Arizona Food Bank Assistant Director John Ask, provides food for close to 80 families each month at Beaver Creek School, located at 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road.
"When we started the food bank, John brought volunteers from Cottonwood," Ward said. "Jim Womack, [school facilities director], Jim Gunter, Beaver Creek School maintenance, Gabe Leon, Beaver Creek School groundkeeper and myself were there helping. Gradually, more and more people began asking what they could do to help and started showing up.
"Community members, custodians, secretaries, bus drivers and teachers all volunteer together to serve the community," Ward added. "I have staff that comes back on their own time, giving back to the community. I never asked them to show up. They just did."
Thanks to donations from charitable organizations and private citizens across the Verde Valley, the Beaver Creek Food Bank was able to provide meat for each participating family for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"When the hams and turkeys were distributed, the families were so appreciative," Ward said. "Funds for meat come from many generous donations. I say thank you for all the donations and volunteers who make the holidays special for the people around them here in our community."
Members of Arizona Cactus Pine Girl Scouts Troop 106 volunteered their time on Dec. 14, giving out specially wrapped packages of pretzels to each family. The scouts also bagged dry beans to be included in the food boxes.
"We wanted to do something for the community," said Alice Wheeler, one of the troop leaders.
The Beaver Creek Food Bank is open the second Saturday of each month from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. For more information, call (928) 567-4631 or visit: http://www.azfoodbanks.org/index.php/foodbank/article/beaver_creek_food_program_-_rimrock.
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