Rev. Ron Burcham, Sr. Pastor of Risen Savior Lutheran Church, announced that the congregation of Risen Savior cordially invites all Sun Lakes residents to join in this year’s Spring Food Drive which will benefit the Chandler Food Bank. He said, “It is especially important to help the Food Bank in the late spring, because it enables them to store food for the summer months, when donations are at their lowest.”
“Knowing that some of our neighbors in the Chandler area struggle to put food on their tables, while our cupboards are full, is just unacceptable. We know that we can make a difference as individuals, but when we pool our resources and ask for God’s blessing, together we can have a substantial impact,” he added.
Throughout the drive, the food will be displayed in the entry to the Sanctuary to enable everyone to see the results of working together to help others in the Chandler community. “Each year, I look forward to arriving on Sunday mornings during the food drive as the amount of food collected grows larger and larger. What a privilege to witness the generosity of God’s people and their desire to make a difference in someone else’s life,” Pastor Burcham commented.
What and How to Donate:
Although all donations of unopened food items will be gratefully accepted, the Food Bank’s greatest needs are for cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, canned fruit/vegetables/meat, canned and dry beans, rice, pasta, tomato sauce, mac and cheese, juice, boxed meals, cooking oil, salt, flour, sugar, canned soup, and canned milk. To donate food, enter the Risen Savior parking lot from Alma School Road and drive straight ahead (west) until you see the food collection boxes on the patio, directly in front of you. The collection boxes will be emptied daily.
If you wish to donate a check in any amount, make the check payable to “AZCEND,” the parent of the Chandler Food Bank. Mail the check to Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 23914 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, AZ 85248. Please write “Spring Food Drive” on the envelope.
Pastor Burcham further commented, “Thanks to the generosity of both our members and our neighbors, Risen Savior Food Charities have become important annual contributors to the Chandler Food Bank. I wish to relay the heart-felt thanks of Risen Savior’s congregation and staff to the countless Sun Lakes residents who have joined in contributing to the success of Risen Savior’s annual Spring Food Drives, Thanksgiving Turkey Drives, and Community Christmas Concerts over the last six years.”