In November PFM staff collaborated with Yavapai County Cooperative Extension’s AZ Health Zone team to deliver 16 boxes full of local fresh vegetables, fruit and bread to Ash Fork families in need. Through PFM’s Feed Your Neighbor program, families of children who attend the NACOG Ash Fork Head Start received a box containing carrots, lettuce, potatoes, onions, winter squash and garlic from Whipstone Farm, Paulden; apples from Mina’s Farm, Camp Verde; and loaves of sourdough from Bread Friend, Paulden.
Volunteers safely packaged the boxes and delivered them to Ash Fork. Boxes also included a steamer and family-friendly recipes courtesy of AZ Health Zone. Ash Fork is one of the most food insecure communities in Yavapai County with 80 percent of children receiving SNAP benefits. The nearest grocery store is 18 miles down I-40 in Williams. As schools shut down due to COVID-19, low-income children struggle to get enough food. With this in mind, PFM will continue to reach food insecure households through the Feed Your Neighbors program this winter, with an emphasis on serving households with children.
Anyone who would like to support this work can do so by making a charitable donation. Donations made to PFM can be used to claim a dollar for dollar tax credit with the AZ State Tax Credit program.