Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank: Trying to Survive the Pandemic

Ellen Engel

Here are some words from a volunteer at Matthew’s Crossing that can describe the work done by the volunteers. “We serve anyone in need of food. However, most of our clients are the working poor and those looking for work. This is an awesome experience. We have around 100 dedicated volunteers. Each year, we are able to help more people, because our generous partners donate to those less fortunate. Volunteering gave me a sense of purpose after my employment years had passed. Matthew’s Crossing holds a special place in my heart.”

Reach Out Sun Lakes consists of a group of volunteers who have been collecting food from several Sun Lakes clubs and religious organizations since 2008. On that list are Sun Lakes Bridge Club, Unity Church, Democratic Club, our Jewish community, and there was a box in the Sun Lakes Country Club to bring nonperishable food. Each year, for 12 years up until 2020, they collected about 4,000 pounds of food and between $3,300 to $5,000 each year. We are all waiting for our world to shift to a post-pandemic time when we can all meet again and start our monthly collection.

Please consider a donation to Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. Any amount would be so appreciated. Their address is 1368 Arizona Avenue, #112, Chandler, AZ 85225. Matthew’s Crossing also needs volunteers on a regular basis. If this opportunity interests you, please call their volunteer coordinator at 480-857-2296.