Volunteers, agency partners, and Community Kitchen students of St. Mary’s Food Bank were all smiles as we welcomed Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona’s fourth congressional district. Having previously owned his own dental practice in Flagstaff and now in his second term in Congress, Rep. Gosar’s district includes Bullhead City, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Prescott and Yuma.
In his first visit to St. Mary’s Food Bank, Rep. Gosar toured the 120,000 square-foot distribution center where the nearly 13 million pounds of food distributed into district four last year circulated through.
He saw firsthand the volume of food St. Mary’s Food Bank collects from Arizona farmers, grocers, and food manufacturers; and learned how with his support of the America Gives More Act, we could ensure food donation provisions are included in the final tax legislation package currently awaiting Senate approval.
The Congressman also met a Community Kitchen student who shared his story of experiencing barriers to employment, but with just three weeks left of the life and culinary-skills training program, has already been hired and enjoys being part of the team making the nearly 1,000 hot dinner meals served to children in afterschool programs through the Food Bank’s Kids Cafe.
The Congressman also was briefed on child nutrition efforts and the Food Bank’s priority to streamline after school and summer programs as well as other innovative initiatives to feed hungry kids in rural Arizona through the Child Nutrition Reauthorization to come before Congress next year.
St. Mary’s Food Bank thanks Congressman Paul Gosar for working with us to find solutions in solving hunger in the fourth congressional district and throughout Arizona.