COMMUNITY IMPACT: Apache Junction Food Bank Board Member Bob Mohle on Operations


>>>HELLO, EVERYONE. I’M JOINED WITH BOB FROM THE APACHE JUNCTION FOOD BANK. IT IS THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND SOME PEOPLE MAY OR MAY NOT BE THINKING OF THE FOOD BANK, BOTH CONTRIBUTING OR GETTING HELP FROM A FOOD BANK. WE HAVE PICTURES OF A VIDEO I WANT TO PLAY FOR EVERYONE AS WE TALK. WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON RECENTLY WITH YOU GUYS?>>THE NEED HAS GONE UP AND FOR A LOT OF REASONS, ECONOMIC REASONS. THE SNOWBIRDS ARE BACK. KIDS ARE OUT OF SCHOOL, SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS HAVE ENDED. THE GREATER NEED FOR FOOD RIGHT NOW. THE HOLIDAYS, PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO DO THE NORMAL THINGS AROUND THE HOLIDAYS AND HAVE FAMILY OVER AND FRIENDS. THEY MIGHT BE SUFFERING FROM FOOD INSUFFICIENCY, NOT ENOUGH FOOD OR THE WRONG KINDS OF FOOD. OUR NEED GOES UP.>>I DIDN’T KNOW THE APACHE JUNCTION FOOD BANK IS THE LARGE NORTHWEST THE EAST VALLEY.>>UNITED WAS A SPINOFF FROM STE LARGEST FOR UNITED. WE DISTRIBUTE A MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD AND WE PLATEAUED, WHICH REPRESENTS 15,000 FAMILIES. IT IS PART OF THE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. THEY CAN ONLY COME ONCE A MONTH FOR A WEEK’S WORTH OF FOOD.>>12 MEALS FOR PERSON?>>WE CAN BUY 25 POUNDS PER PERSON.>>THE FOOD YOU’RE PACKING, HELPING OUT TO PEOPLE, WHICH WE’RE SHOWING PICTURES HERE OF THE VOLUNTEERS, BECAUSE IT IS A VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION, RIGHT?>>WE PUT IN 14,000 HOURS A WEIR. THE PROCESS HAPPENS BECAUSE WE PICK UP FROM 17DIFFERENT STORE, SIX DAYS A WEEK. WE NEVER KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO COME IN. WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE GOING TO GET FROM UNITED, BUT EVERYTHING ELSE COMING IN FROM THE STORES WE NEED TO SORT, STAGE, AND REDISTRIBUTE WHEN PEOPLE COME THROUGH.>>WE SHOWED PICTURES FROM WHAT PEOPLE MAY NOT THINK ABOUT, WEIGHING THE FOOD.>>WE HAVE TO WEIGH EVERYTHING BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR IN TAXES FORM. THE PICTURE YOU’VE SEEING THERE, THE SECOND SATURDAY OF MAY, THERE IS A NATIONAL POSTAL CARRIERS DRIVER. EAST VALLEY, WE’RE THE LARGEST POSTAL SERVICE, THE APACHE JUNCTION POSTAL SERVICE. LAST YEAR ON THAT ONE DAY, THE PUBLIC, THROUGH THE POSTAL SERVICES GATHERED AND BROUGHT INTO US 34,000 POUNDS OF FOOD, WHICH THEY ARE TO SORT IT, CHECK THE DATES, PUT IT IN THE RIGHT PLACES SO WE CAN DISTRIBUTE IT AT A LATER TIME.>>PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING AND SAYING HOW DO I HELP, HOW DO I GET INVOLVED? WHAT IS THE BEST WAY?>>VOLUNTEER. WE ALWAYS NEED VOLUNTEERS. DONATE. THE TAX CHANGES DOUBLING, A LOT OF PEOPLE PULLED BACK THAT THERE COULD BE A 60% DROP IN DONATIONS TO NONPROFITS AND THAT IMPACTS US. THAT IS THE MONEY WE USE TO PAY OUR ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS, WHICH ARE ONLY ABOUT 8% OF OUR ENTIRE BUDGET. IT ALLOWS US TO BUY THE SURPLUS FOOD THAT WE DON’T GET IN, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO PROVIDE CERTAIN NONPERISHABLE STAPLES TO OUR CLIENTS.>>WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL VIEWERS ABOUT IN THE END OF THE YEAR AND CONTRIBUTIONS AND TAXES?>>DONATING IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. PHILANTHROPY IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. GO TO OUR WEBSITE OR YOUR OTHER CHARITY WEBSITE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN PHILANTHROPY. IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE OLDER THAN 12, YOU CAN WORK TOGETHER IN TANDEM. COME IN THE AFTERNOON AND SEE THE PEOPLE THAT LINE UP OUTSIDE OF THE DOOR. 100-115 PEOPLE LINE UP FOUR DAYS A WEEK TO RECEIVE A SMALL PORTION OF FOOD FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH.>>ONE OTHER THING WE WANT TO DISCUSS IS THE NEED FOR BOARD MEMBERS.>>AS A NONPROFIT, WE HAVE FIVE STAFF PEOPLE, THE BOARD GETS INVOLVED SUPPORTING THEIR EFFORTS. OUR BYLAWS ALLOW US TO HAVE 21 BOARD PEOPLE, AT ONE POINT, WE HAD 15 OR 16, NOW WE’RE DOWN TO FIVE. IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESTRUCTURE THE BOARD WITH UNIQUE SPECIALTY AND SKILLS THAT WE DON’T HAVE. LEGAL SKILL, SOCIAL MEDIA SKILLS, FINANCE SKILLS HELP OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND OUR STAFF.>>I GUARANTEE YOU, PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE SAME QUESTION, DO ROW HAVE TO LIVE IN A.J. TO BE A BOARD MEMBER?>>NO, YOU DON’T. OUR SERVICE AREA OF OUR CLIENTS IS DEFINED BY UNITED AND THAT IS ELLSWORTH TO QUEEN CREEK UP TO MCKELLIPSS. BOARD MEMBERS CAN COME FROM ANYWHERE IN THE EAST VALLEY IF THEY HAVE THE TIME, WE WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO THEM.>>WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT IF YOU WANT TO BE A BOARD MEMBEREL?>>HALF OF OUR PEOPLE ARE RETIRED, HALF OF OUR PEOPLE ARE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES STILL. FOR THE ONES THAT ARE FULL-TIME EMPLOYED, IT IS A CHALLENGE. WE WANT THEM FOR THEIR SPECIALTY. WHATEVER SPECIALTY THEY CAN CANCONTRIBUTE THAT IS SPECIAL. FOR THOSE RETIRED, IT BECOMES A PART-TIME JOB BECAUSE WE DO WHATEVER WE NEED TO DO TO ACCOMPLISH THAT.>>I LIVED AWAY FROM THE VALLEY FOR FIVE YEARS. I MOVED BACK LAST YEAR. I WANT TO POINT OUT SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE. STUDIES OUT THAT HOUSEHOLDS MUST CLEAR $18 A FULL TIME JOB TO CLEAR A MODEST TWO PLACE IN THE VALLEY. RESPONSIBILITIES SKYROCKETED.>>BETWEEN HEALTH CARE, RENT,UTILITIES. LESS THAN $10,000 PER INCOME, THEY QUALITY BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL.>>RECAP SOME OF THE FACTS FROM THE APACHE JUNCTION FOOD BANK. YOU PROVIDE HOW MANY MEALS A YEAR?>>470,000 MEALS.>>HOW MANY POUNDS OF A FOOD?>>CLOSE TO A MILLION. THAT WHICH COMES IN FROM FOOD DRIVES AND WE HAVE TO BUY THE SUPPLEMENT.>>IF PEOPLE HAVE UNPERISHABLE, WHAT DO YOU NEED THE MOST?>>PEANUT BUTTER, CANNED VEGETABLES, CANNED FRUITS, ANYTHING THAT WE CAN STORE, JELL-O, MAC AND CHEESE, SOME STAPLES FOR SOME FAMILIES.>>WOW, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?>>I NEVER MEANT WHAT FOOD INSUFFICIENCY MEANT UNTIL I JOINED THE FOOD BANK.>>POVERTY.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE NOT ON THE CORNER AND THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT WITH THEIR KIDS AN FAMILIES AT SINGLE PARENTS ARE MOVING BACK WITH CHURN.>>IF NUN WOULD LIKE INFORMATION, YOU CAN WATCH THIS ON

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