Matthew’s Crossing Provides Hunger Relief for College Students

Ellen Engel

Contributions to Matthew’s Crossing make it possible for approximately 150 college students to have access to hunger relief. Hunger on college and university campuses is alarming. Matthews’ Crossing supports food closets at two community colleges and two universities. Donating to Matthew’s Crossing allows you an Arizona tax credit gift of up to $800 filing jointly and up to $400 filing single, and will go a long way in making sure students can capture their future.

The totals for each of our major organizational donors for the month of December were as follows: Sun Lakes Duplicate Bridge Club, 43 pounds of food and $154.00; Sun Lakes Democratic Club, 108 pounds of food and $345.00; Sun Lakes Country Club, 323.5 pounds of food; Unity of Sun lakes, 8 pounds of food and $715.00. Reach Out Sun Lakes collection totals for the year 2019 are 4465 pounds of food and $5,434.00. Totals collected for the last six years are 29,339.5 pounds of food and $26,937. Reach Out Sun Lakes and Matthews Crossing shout out a big THANK YOU to all who contribute to this cause that fights hunger. Congratulations also to our dedicated group of volunteers: Howard Lundgren, Kathy Downey, and Jim Meagher.

Membership in local clubs and congregations is not a criterion for contributing. In fact, many individual donors show up at these two club-sponsored pickup points from all over Sun Lakes. The Bridge Club pickup takes place at the Risen Savior Lutheran Church on Alma School Road from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, and the Sun Lakes Democratic Club accepts contributions on the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sun Lakes Country Club.

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 Sun Lakes Country Club near the front desk.

To arrange for ROSL to assist your Sun Lakes organization in its support for this very worthwhile program or for further information or to volunteer your own personal services, please contact Ellen Engel at 480-980-6841 or email her at [email protected]

Matthews Crossing Food Bank, which is located at 1368 Arizona Avenue in Chandler, also needs volunteers on a regular basis. If this opportunity interests you, please call their volunteer coordinator at 857-2296.