Reach Out Sun Lakes continues its work for Matthew’s Crossing

Ellen Engel

Here are the results for first of the March food collection. On Monday, the 7th at the collection sponsored by the Sun Lakes Duplicate Bridge Club, generous Sun Lakes residents contributed 185 pounds of food and $315 in cash. And on the day before at Unity of Sun Lakes, 31 pounds of staple foods and $160 were donated. After the Splash deadline this month, Reach Out Sun Lakes expects further contributions from the Sun Lakes Democratic Club and the Sun Lakes Jewish community (results will be reported next month).

Although we mention several Sun Lakes organizations and groups by name, any Sun Lakes resident may contribute at established pickup points sponsored by the Sun Lakes Duplicate Bridge Club (12:30-1:20 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at Risen Savior Lutheran Church on Alma School Road) and the Sun Lakes Democratic Club (6:30-7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Sun Lakes Country Club [SLCC]). In fact, many individual donors show up from all over Sun Lakes at the two club-sponsored  pickup points.

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

What staple foods are in the most constant demand at the food bank? Peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruits, dried legumes (beans, peas), rice, pasta, dried main dishes such as macaroni and cheese and canned meats and fish.

Our Sun Lakes community continues to have significant impact on meeting the need, both through the monthly Reach Out food drives and with volunteers who work at the food bank itself, located at 1368 Arizona Avenue in Chandler. The Crossing always needs additional volunteer help. If this direct participation activity appeals to you, please call Matthew’s Crossing  at 480-857-2296 for information.

And for further information about Reach Out Sun Lakes, please contact Ellen Engel at 480-802-0425 or email her at [email protected]