Phoenix Rescue Mission, a provider of Christ-centered, life-transforming solutions to persons facing hunger, homelessness, addiction and trauma, launched its annual “Fed Up! Hungry for Change” holiday campaign, which runs through Friday, Dec. 31.
Phoenix Rescue Mission created the campaign in 2020 to start fixing how society has dealt with hunger in the past — primarily by treating the symptoms of hunger without addressing the root causes that stem from a lack of vocational development, education, counseling, mental health services and other resources.
“The holiday season can be an especially challenging time for families facing food insecurity,” said Ken Brissa, chief executive officer.
“We’re not only aiming to give community members in need warm meals and food boxes with pantry items but also equipping them with access to addiction recovery services, vocational development, job opportunities, counseling, case management and many other life-transforming resources.”
The campaign relies on public support and makes it easy for Arizonans to help, either through volunteering, donating online or by bringing food and other needed items directly to Phoenix Rescue Mission. The campaign will feature several events, including community markets, the Frozen Turkey Saturday, a Thanksgiving outreach event, a Christmas parade and a gift drive.
Donations made to the Fed Up! campaign will support the thousands of families served each month by Phoenix Rescue Mission’s various programs, including its Hope for Hunger Food Bank, Mobile Food Pantries, Hope Coach Street Outreach services and others designed to end the cycle of poverty.
This year’s schedule is as follows:
• Nov. 13: West Phoenix Community Market: Created to distribute food that is donated from sources including St. Mary’s Food Bank and the community. Food bags, hygiene items and cleaning supplies will be given to families while supplies last. The public can stop by from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ministerio Un Ejercito Para Cristo (4013 W. Maricopa Street). There is no cost to participate. ID is required. For questions, contact Angie Hatcher at 602-346-3383 or ahatcher@
• Nov. 16 and Dec. 21: South Mountain Community Market: Created to distribute food and clothing items that are donated by individuals, businesses and churches in the community. Food bags, hygiene items and cleaning supplies will be given to families while supplies last. The public can stop by from 9 to 11 a.m. at the First New Life Church (1902 W. Roeser Road). There is no cost to participate. ID is required.
• Nov. 13: Frozen Turkey Saturday: Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Frozen Turkey Saturday aims to collect more than 1,500 turkeys, which will be delivered directly to families in need during the mission’s Thanksgiving Outreach Event and at the Hope for Hunger Food Bank. The public can stop by the drive-thru event at the mission’s Hope for Hunger Food Bank (5605 N. 55th Avenue) and donate a frozen turkey from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Catie Hammann at 602-346-3347 or firstname.lastname@example.org to start a nonperishable foods, turkey or gift drive.
• Nov. 20: Public Thanksgiving
Outreach Event: Phoenix Rescue Mission’s second drive-thru event at Sullivan Elementary School (2 N. 31st Avenue) will distribute turkeys and sides, food bags and hygiene kits. There is no registration required and first come are first served from 9 a.m. to noon or as long as supplies last. To volunteer at this event, sign up at phxmission.org/volunteer.
• Dec. 2: West Phoenix Mobile Food Pantry: Created to decrease food insecurity and improve food accessibility across the Valley, Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Mobile Pantry initiative will visit the Murphy neighborhood to connect with disadvantaged families, provide them with nutritious meals and help them access the resources to end their cycle of poverty. The public is encouraged to stop by the event at Ministerio Un Ejercito Para Cristo, 4013 W. Maricopa Street, from 10 a.m. to noon, or as long as supplies last.
• Dec. 11: Hometown Christmas Parade: Beginning at 11 a.m. on Glendale Avenue in Downtown Glendale, the public can donate canned and nonperishable foods at the parade, which will go to the families served at the Hope for Hunger Food Bank this winter.
• Dec. 18: Winter Wonderland
Community Event (guests by
preregistration only): The mission is partnering with local businesses, churches and individuals to collect new, unwrapped toys, nonperishable foods and toiletries. Gifts can be collected by hand or purchased on the mission’s Amazon Charity List at phxmission.org/christmaslist. The mission will then provide the gifts, food bags and toiletries to families in need via its annual Winter Wonderland event. To volunteer at this event, sign up at phxmission.org/volunteer.
For info on how to support Phoenix Rescue Mission’s “Fed Up! Hungry for Change” campaign, visit phoenixrescuemission.org.