THE APPLE BASKET

NOVEMBER 2021

Can’t Wait to See It!

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Donors and future donors, volunteers, community leaders, as well as members and friends of the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ—the time has come for you to enjoy a guided tour of SFB-CRC’s new building. We have been promising a preview, so clear your calendar on November 9, 4-6 pm, at 17750 S. La Canada, because we want to give you a sneak peek.

We’d like to show you why we are so excited about this great new facility that your kindness, hard work, and generosity are making possible. It’s going to provide us with the space and improved efficiency we need to vastly improve our food distribution, as well as services and classes designed to support our participants’ journeys to overall well-being. SFB-CRC has been creating and refining our three pillars of community service—family support, health and nutrition, and workforce development. We’ll present a 5-minute program at 4:30, repeated at 5:30, and an SFB-CRC team will be on hand to answer any and all of your questions. Make sure to grab one of our safe and healthy snacks and a bottle of cold water.

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You can park in the east and north lots of The Good Shepherd Church, with overflow parking in the lot just south of the construction site. Please gather on the patio of the church and wear masks for everyone’s safety.You need to register on-line at sahuaritafoodbank.org or email Leslie DeGrassi at lesliedegrassi@gmail.com or Penny Pestle ppestle@cox.net. Registration will ensure that you have a spot in a small-group tour (tours are being kept small because of Covid and to make sure all can hear).We look forward to greeting you and giving you a close up view of how this new facility will help us serve our community for many years to come.

 

Double Down to Defeat Hunger

 

You can be part of a group of very special contributors (thirty and counting) who have been inspired by the donor matching program offered by an anonymous local couple who are committed to our three-pronged attack to fight hunger, provide essential services, and help get struggling clients back to work.

These generous folks really want to inspire you, too. They have agreed to match a total of $20,000 in donations with their check for another $20,000! We are already more than half-way to that goal, so please consider giving whatever you can by offering your own check to Sahuarita Food Bank with “Matching Campaign” on the notes line.
 
All contributions will go toward the new building.

 

Nice to Have Nice Neighbors

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The Neighbor-to-Neighbor program in Rancho Sahuarita is helping so many of our most vulnerable in the community. Thanks to Rancho Sahuarita developer Jeremy Sharpe, clubhouse director Kelly Kuiper and colleague Sigourney Sanchez, along with resident Lora Nastase, this program is flourishing.

Residents sign up, receive a bright red shopping bag and simply add a can or box of healthy, non-perishable food to the bag. Then, each month or so, Lora and her team organize a pickup day, assisted by Boy Scouts from Troop 365. The Sahuarita Food Bank & Community Resource Center parks its truck right at the collection point. “It’s the best advertisement ever,” Lora declared. Many families dash right over to Fry’s to purchase their contributions, she said.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor collected nearly a thousand pounds of food on the October 2 pickup day.

Programs organized and implemented like this one in Rancho Sahuarita dramatically demonstrate how neighbors always help neighbors in need.

If you or your HOA would like to organize your own program, please contact Carlos Valles at cvalles@sfb-crc.org

 

 
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SFB-CRC has many partnerships, none more unique than with Green Valley Gardeners. Just this past year they delivered nearly two and a half tons of freshly picked vegetables for our clients from their raised garden beds at Desert Meadows Park. Our visitors are fortunate to be able to enjoy delicious and nutritious produce throughout the year.

SFB-CRC would like to encourage everyone to come out and meet these special people, and hopefully we can show them how grateful we are for all they give. It also offers all of us a chance to view and purchase some wonderful art and plants.
 

So, mark your calendar for upcoming Saturdays at Desert Meadows Park. Green Valley Gardeners, who provide us with thousands of pounds of produce each year, announced Super Saturdays—Art in the Park with music, food trucks, and a silent auction October 30 and November 6,9-3, and a plant sale Saturdays and Sundays between October 30 through November 7, 9-3.

So, mark your calendar for upcoming Saturdays at Desert Meadows Park. Green Valley Gardeners, who provide us with thousands of pounds of produce each year, announced Super Saturdays—Art in the Park with music, food trucks, and a silent auction October 30 and November 6,9-3, and a plant sale Saturdays and Sundays between October 30 through November 7, 9-3.

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Fry’s Community Rewards and Amazon Smile

Click the Fry's graphic, log into your Fry’s account and find Sahuarita Food Bank or TQ827, click 2, then Enroll, and always swipe your Fry’s card each time you shop. Pick up a rewards card at Fry’s if you don’t have an account.

Amazon shoppers can click the Amazon Smile graphic below to sign up. Don’t forget to Google amazonsmile.com each time you shop