Food donations for Matthew’s Crossing continue to grow

Ellen Engel

As of the Splash deadline in March, food donations to Reach Out Sun Lakes (ROSL) from generous Sun Lakes residents have substantially exceeded a half-ton, and the March collections are still coming in as ROSL volunteers collected 327 pounds of food and $479 in cash for the benefit of over 600 needy Chandler-area families.

Any Sun Lakes resident may contribute at established pickup points sponsored by the Sun Lakes Duplicate Bridge Club and the Sun Lakes Democratic Club. Membership in these clubs is not a criterion. In fact, many individual donors show up at these club-sponsored pickups from all over Sun Lakes.

The Bridge Club pickup takes place at Risen Savior Lutheran Church on Alma School Road on the first Monday of each month, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.; and the Sun Lakes Democratic Club accepts contributions on the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Sun Lakes Country Club (SLCC).

For those who cannot make it to the formal pickup locations at specific times, a collection point is also open during normal business hours at the SLCC clubhouse.

Several Sun Lakes religious organizations also contribute regularly. Among them are the Sun Lakes Jewish Community and Unity of Sun Lakes.

We invite you to join us; we are still actively seeking additional volunteers to spend several hours a month helping to handle the collections at our donation locations and assisting with other tasks related to deliveries to the food bank, program bookkeeping, etc.

The food bank itself, located at 1368 Arizona Avenue in Chandler, also needs volunteers on a regular basis. If interested, please call 480-857-2296 and join the many Sun Lakers who already donate time and effort to this worthy cause.

For information, to arrange for your organization’s support of this worthwhile program or to volunteer as a collector, please contact Ellen Engel at 480-802-0425 or send an email to [email protected]