On Friday, November 12, a diverse group of about 50 volunteers arrived early in an empty parking lot at an industrial facility near the Prescott Regional Airport to unload and then distribute some 40,000 pounds of food and household supplies. of Salt Lake City. said a volunteer organizer from the Prescott Valley Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Coordinator Bruce Kneeland said this effort is part of the church’s ongoing humanitarian relief efforts.
Quad Cities volunteers have worked to bolster supplies from 10 area charities that exist to help the less fortunate in the community, Kneeland said in a press release.
The food arrived in a semi-trailer and contained 24 pallets, Kneeland said. Over the next three hours, volunteers unloaded pallets containing a variety of different foods, from canned peaches and spaghetti noodles to hot chocolate mix and freeze-dried mashed potatoes, he said. declared. The shipment even included household items like laundry detergent and shampoo, he said.
In total, the volunteers unloaded 1,478 cases, sorted them, and then reloaded all the food into the vans, trailers and SUVs that each organization brought in to take their portion back to their own facilities, Kneeland said. He predicted that the retail price of the goods is probably around $ 75,000.
The organizations that will benefit from the donation are: The Chino Valley Educational Foundation, Hungry Kids of Prescott Valley, The Chino Valley Food Bank, The Food Pantry at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, The Paulden Food Bank, The Salvation Army of Prescott, Set Free Ministry of Paulden, St. Vincent DePaul, Yavapai Food Bank and Prescott Community Cupboard
Church member Sam Yamamoto, who helped organize the massive donation, said “it was amazing how many people, of all ages, most of whom had never met before, came together and have accomplished so much work in such a short period of time. period of time, ”Kneeland said. Yamamoto especially thanked 10 ROTC cadets from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University who donated their assistance, as well as Dale Aurich, owner of Advanced Metal Fabrication, who allowed the truck to be unloaded on his property and drove the forklift, he said.
“Without the help of these strong young people, we could not have managed the project so quickly,” Yamamoto said in the statement. He also expresses his thanks to Dale Aurich who made it possible to unload the truck in his factory parking lot and who drove the forklift which made the unloading of the truck possible.