OCTOBER 15, 2014

Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center Programs

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Assisting food bank clients with job searches

CAVE CREEK – Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center now offers Team Job Search to its customers who seek employment in the Cave Creek/Carefree area. Team Job Search will provide workshops to assist food bank clients in reinventing the way they look for work and learn how to ensure that applications and resumes are selected or interviews so they can find the right job.

Workshops are held at Desert Foothills Library in Cave Creek on Mondays, October 20 and 27 at 9:30 a.m. Register or inquire at newteamjobsearch.com.

The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides emergency food, financial assistance and other life necessities and resources to individuals and families in the desert foothills, which encompasses a 180-square mile area that includes Black Canyon City, Cave Creek, Carefree, Anthem, Desert Hills, New River, north Scottsdale and north Phoenix.

Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is located at Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek, Ariz.

Providing snack packs for hungry children

Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center is helping hungry children in the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD), and two Anthem schools in the Deer Valley School District (DVUSD), by providing special snack packs.

The Snack Pack program came about when retired Scottsdale resident Carmine Furioso, who assists the food bank, joined up with Gina Durban, director of education and community services for the district. The Snack Pack program provides more than 100 children with meals every weekend. The meals are planned using a nutritionist’s advice. Each meal includes a breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as two snacks for Saturday and Sunday. The meals are assembled by volunteers and delivered to the schools. Children who receive the snack packs participate in the Federal School Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Approximately 11 percent of families in the northern foothills school district qualify for the Snack Pack program.

According to Furioso, the Cave Creek food bank program costs a little more than $5 per child each week. The program is funded by donations and small grants, and is offered in all of the schools at CCUSD and two Anthem elementary schools in the DVUSD.

Donations can be made to Foothills Food Bank to help defray costs. The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center is located at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek, Ariz.