Various canned food, pasta and cereals in a cardboard box.

The members of local AARP Historic Chapter No. 1 in Youngtown presented President Jesse Ramirez with $150 and over 312 pounds of food collected during its community food drive for local nonprofit Valley View Community Food Bank.  

The drive began March 22 and ran through March 31. The food bank received meal essentials such as milk, butter and cheese as well as nonperishables most requested by needy families.  

Charlene McGarvey, vice president of Historic Chapter No. 1, delivered the food to the Peoria location of the Valley View Foodbank on March 31. 

The donations will be targeted to support the food bank located in Youngtown at 12030 N. Clubhouse Square, but the food will be distributed through all food bank locations.  

“The members of our chapter are thankful to be able to support such a wonderful resource in our community” said Jay Lickus, AARP Historic Chapter No. 1 president.  

“With the additional challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic we felt it critical to donate what we could to assist Valley View Community Food Bank in feeding needy families in our area especially during the Easter Season.

Valley View Community Food Bank was founded in March 2007 by Jesse Ramirez. Ramirez served at the West Side Food Bank in Surprise for 21 years before starting Valley View Community Food Bank. From its first 500 square foot location to now, Valley View Community Food Bank provides nutritious food boxes at four locations.

“We are always in need of donations, especially food, personal hygiene items, and cleaning and sanitation supplies,” Ramirez said. 

“We are truly Thankful for community partners like AARP Historic Chapter No. 1 who are supporting us during these trying times.”

AARP Historic Chapter #1 is the oldest existing AARP Chapter in the nation. It was organized September 23, 1960 in Youngtown, AZ and was incorporated October 20th, 1969. There are over 75 active members.  We are always seeking new, active members & volunteers for the Chapter.  You must be a current member of national AARP to join the local chapter.  Dues are only $10 per year.  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chapter met the first Friday of every month at 5:30 in the Youngtown Clubhouse and Council Chambers located at 12030 

Clubhouse Square in Youngtown.   The Chapter in-person meetings are currently on hiatus and hope to return sometime in the Fall of 2021.

Since 1960, the principal objectives and purpose of the Chapter are embodied in the simple motto, “To serve, not to be served”. Chapters act as the strategic link between members and communities and AARP’s programs and services. They provide members with a variety of community service, education, advocacy, leadership, and fellowship opportunities.  For more info, please contact Chapter President Jay Lickus at 623-734-5438 or Vice President Charlene McGarvey at 623-363-4608.  

AARP Historic Chapter #1 plans to host another food drive in the fall.  For more information about the food drive or the Chapter, please contact President Jay Lickus at 623-734-5438 or Vice President Charlene McGarvey at 623-363-4608.  Valley View Community Food Bank can be reached at (623) 933-3358 or at feedingaz.org@gmail.com.