Our speaker today was Nancy Burgess, Operations Manager for the Apache Junction Food Bank.
The demand on the AJ Food Bank over the summer continued strong.  For example, in August, 2014, 1,155 families representing 3,489 people received food from the food bank.  Summers are tough because of fewer volunteers, fewer contributions of food and money and the hot summer temperatures in the buildings.  They are open four days a week for 2 hours per day.  They served 104 families one afternoon which was a record.
 
Nancy promoted the 2nd annual Food Bank Golf Tournament to be held Sunday, November 2nd at the Gold canyon Golf Resort.  Both courses will be open for the tournament.  It is a four-person scramble.  She is looking for players, prize donors, tee sponsors, etc. The tournament proceeds are a big boost to their bottom line.
 
The Food Bank is sponsoring a special Thanksgiving Holiday Food Program that will allow needy families to receive a food box containing a turkey and all the trimmings.  She asked our club if we would donate 200 pie crusts, 200 cans of pumpkin pie filling and 200 cans of sweetened condensed milk for the pies.  President Bryant asked Gene and Jeannie Anderson if they would coordinate the club drive and they agreed to do it. SO ROTARIANS, PLEASE BRING YOUR GIFTS OF ONE OR MORE OF THE THREE ITEMS TO CLUB MEETINGS BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER 23.  Bryant said we will want to coordinate with Jack Beveridge's turkey project as well.
 
Nancy closed with an expression of need for air conditioning for the food bank. The temperatures in the Food Bank during the summer are almost unbearable.  She suggested Rotary consider a gift of $5,000, but any amount would be welcome.  They need a total of $18,000 to do it and she has a lead gift of $5,000 in hand.
 
Thank you Nancy for your service to the community through the AJ Food bank.  It is a critically needed service.  We respect how well managed and efficient the Food Bank is.  And thanks to our own Ben Fellows who volunteers there every Friday.