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The Department of English’s Community Engagement Committee announces opportunities for local giving this fall. The initiative is in two parts: food banks and “pet” projects. Both arms of the fall drive end on Friday, Oct. 21.
Non-perishable items only, please. No glass containers.
United Food Bank is an East Valley community-based private nonprofit that provides hunger relief/food assistance by collecting, acquiring, storing and distributing food and related commodities through a network of partner social services agencies in our service area: eastern Maricopa County, Gila & Pinal Counties and southern Apache & Navajo Counties.
For the past 5 or 6 years we have provided food to the Tempe Union High School District. This is because in every district across the state there are hungry students who are defined as homeless under federal guidelines (McKinney-Vento Act). Last year, for example, there were almost 200 homeless teens in the district as defined by federal law. We have provided between 1/4 and 1/3 of all the food donations this program gets for the whole year.
Children living with hunger in AZ are 28.2 % of all AZ children (St. Mary’s Food Bank website) which is higher than the national average (still a terrible 21.6%). Last year we provided over 950 individual granola bars and over 400 juice boxes seen here in room 211A where we stored them.
ASU Mild Cats feeds, traps, spays or neuters, and otherwise cares for stray cats on the four ASU campuses. This is an expensive proposition that saves the cat population from overcrowding, starvation, illness and getting run over on roads. It takes a lot of time to care for these animals (consider volunteering). By supporting Mild Cats we’re playing a small role in protecting the cats on campus and minimizing their populations and their suffering.
The AZ Animal Welfare League is the oldest no-kill shelter in the state and last year saved over 3,900 animals. Most of their animals come from Maricopa County shelters in order to reduce the burden on those shelters and increase the animals’ chances of adoption. They seem to have many kinds of adoptable dogs, for example, on their website (probably chosen in part by their great looks and temperaments). By removing animals from other shelters, the AZ Animal Welfare League give the animals a safe environment and time to find homes. The League plays an important part in helping reduce euthanasia rates in Maricopa County (which are still, unfortunately, second highest in the country).
For questions about the fall drive or any aspect of the CARE Project, please contact its director, Karen Dwyer (Karen.Dwyer@asu.edu).