From the Editor at Green Valley News & Sun

An empty box never looked so good.

Actually, two empty boxes, big as life, sitting on a concrete pad behind Good Shepherd United Church of Christ.
That’s where you’ll find the Sahuarita Food Bank, or as we call it in the newsroom, “the other food bank.”
Last week, I wrote about the Amado-Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank and their volunteer luncheon; this week we look north, where they hit a milestone Thursday.

That’s when the Sahuarita Food Bank cut the ribbon on a long-awaited $140,000 project. Three groups and several individual donors helped land two 12-by-24-foot boxes. One’s a walk-in cooler, the other is half freezer and half dry-goods storage.
You could only know the full significance if you’ve been bouncing around Good Shepherd the past few years, bumping into boxes of food bank supplies stuffed into nearly every corner. This gives them some elbow room.

If we go to a bond election this year, one of the projects is $300,000 for the Sahuarita Food Bank and “a multi-agency community service facility.” We’ll deal with that as it gets closer, but suffice to say if we can give $22 million to dogs and cats at the Pima Animal Care Center.

The three groups that helped make the coolers a reality deserve some ink — Freeport-McMoRan Inc., the Tohono O’odham Nation, and Pima County all pitched in.

The Sahuarita Food Bank estimates about 40 percent of the clients are children, and makes sure they get milk and eggs for protein on every visit. They also have a backpack program to make sure about 175 school children have something to eat over the weekend. They help a school in Tucson and two in Sahuarita. It’s a phenomenal effort.

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