Assistance comes just before Thanksgiving
Hundreds of Valley families are getting food help from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and a national food-help organization.
Feed the Children sent two semi loads of goods to Phoenix for distribution to families chosen by St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP).
SVDP food service manager Jerry Castro tells KFYI News that 800 food boxes, 800 boxes of toiletries, and 800 cases of bottled water were given away to their clients, courtesy of Oklahoma-based Feed the Children.
According to Castro, the families that received the aid were given vouchers, after being selected by SVDP volunteers who regularly visit needy families. Each voucher entitled a family to a food box, a toiletries box, and a case of water.
Feed the Children selected the Phoenix area, among others nationwide, based on rates of poverty, unemployment, and child hunger. The organization's Aaron Wynn says Phoenix has among the highest unemployment and poverty rates of cities around the country.
PHOTOS: The supplies delivered by Feed the Children sit in the parking lot of St. Vincent de Paul in south Phoenix, and are loaded into the vehicles of selected families.