Phoenix Rescue Mission “Hungry for Change” Campaign Back for Fourth Year
By Claire Natale -
Wednesday Aug 30, 2023
Phoenix Rescue Mission, the Christ-centered nonprofit providing transformative support and resources to underserved communities, is excited to announce the 2023 launch of its annual “Hungry for Change” holiday campaign, which runs from October 1through December 31.
Phoenix Rescue Mission created the campaign in 2020 to bring awareness to how society has dealt with hunger in the past – primarily by treating the symptoms of hunger without addressing the root causes that stem from a lack of vocational development, education, counseling, mental health services and other resources.
“With inflation and the general state of our economy, a lot of Valley families are finding it difficult to buy food, hygiene items and general necessities,” said Ken Brissa, CEO. “Through this campaign, we are able to provide and food boxes with pantry items, plus the chance to learn about educational opportunities, workforce development, job opportunities, counseling, case management, addiction recovery services and many other life-transforming resources.”
The campaign relies on public support and makes it easy for Arizonans to help, either through volunteering, making a donation online or by bringing food and other needed items directly to Phoenix Rescue Mission. The campaign will feature several events, including Mobile Pantries, Frozen Turkey Saturday, Thanksgiving and Christmas outreach events and drives for Thanksgiving turkeys, non-perishable foods, and Christmas gifts for families in need.
Donations made to the “Hungry for Change” campaign will support the thousands of families served each month by Phoenix Rescue Mission’s various programs, including its Hope for Hunger Food Bank, Mobile Pantries, Hope Coach Street Outreach services, and others designed to end the cycle of poverty.
This year’s schedule is as follows:
Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7: Laveen Mobile Pantry
During the newly established Laveen Mobile Pantry, Phoenix Rescue Mission will distribute canned and dry foods and hygiene products ranging from paper towels and toilet paper to cleaning supplies and personal care items. There is no cost to participate, ID is required, and the event will be located at Christ Church of the Valley Laveen (4343 W. Baseline Rd.) from 8 to 10 a.m.
Oct. 14 & 28, Nov. 11 & 25 and Dec. 9 & 23: West Phoenix Mobile Pantry
Created to decrease food insecurity and improve food accessibility across the Valley, Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Mobile Pantry initiative will visit the Murphy neighborhood to connect with disadvantaged families, provide them with bags of non-perishable foods and hygiene supplies, and help them access the resources to end their cycle of poverty. The public is encouraged to stop by the event at Ministerio Un Ejercito Para Cristo (4013 W. Maricopa Street) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., or as long as supplies last.
Oct. 17, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19: South Mountain Mobile Pantry
Created to distribute food and hygiene items that are donated by individuals, businesses, and churches in the community, food bags, hygiene items and cleaning supplies will be given to families while supplies last. The public is encouraged to stop by from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the First New Life Church (1902 W. Roeser Road). There is no cost to participate. ID is required.
Nov. 11: Frozen Turkey Saturday
Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Frozen Turkey Saturday aims to collect more than 1,500 turkeys, which will be delivered directly to families in need during the Mission’s Thanksgiving Outreach Event and at the Hope for Hunger Food Bank. The public is encouraged to step into the spirit of Thanksgiving and stop by the drive-thru event at the Mission’s Hope for Hunger Food Bank (5605 N. 55th Avenue) to donate a frozen turkey and non-perishable Thanksgiving foods between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Please contact (602) 346-3347 or [email protected] if you would like to start a non-perishable foods, turkey or gift drive.
Nov. 18: Public Thanksgiving Outreach Event
Phoenix Rescue Mission’s annual drive-thru event at Sullivan Elementary School (2 N. 31st Ave.) will distribute turkeys and sides, food bags, and hygiene kits. There is no registration required and first come are first served from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or as long as supplies last. To volunteer at this event, please sign up at phxmission.org/volunteer.
Dec. 16: Winter Wonderland Community Event
The Mission is partnering with local businesses, churches, and individuals to collect new, unwrapped toys, nonperishable foods, and toiletries. Gifts can be collected by hand or purchased on the Mission’s Amazon Charity List at phxmission.org/christmaslist. The Mission will then provide the gifts, food bags, and toiletries to families in need via its annual Winter Wonderland event. To volunteer at this event, please sign up at phxmission.org/volunteer.
About Phoenix Rescue Mission
Phoenix Rescue Mission provides Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger, homelessness, addiction, and trauma. The nonprofit Mission, which has been operating since 1952, is asking the public for support of its many programs designed to transform lives, including Hope for Hunger Food Bank, Hope Coach homeless street outreach, temporary shelter programs, and addiction recovery programs for men, women, and women with children.