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Thousands Hungry in Arizona

Sedona AZ (December 16, 2010) – According to the Verde Food Council Hunger Report of 2009 there are 72,000 people living in Arizona’s Verde Valley of which nearly 11,000 are hungry!

The continuing downward turn of our economy caused this number to increase another fifty per cent (50%) in 2010. In partnership with local food banks, faith-based (interfaith) organizations, non-profit organizations and local businesses, the Verde Food Council has taken on the somewhat daunting task of ensuring that “Everybody Eats!”

This goal can only be accomplished when our entire community comes together and works together in collaborative partnership. In this seemingly unstable economy, communities all over the country are being challenged to share resources rather than compete for them. With this in mind, the Verde Food Council (VFC) is sponsoring the first annual Festival of Sharing from December 16, 2010 through January 2, 2011.

Mark your calendars to support or participate in these scheduled local events. Don’t forget to share the knowledge.

On Sunday, December 19, 2010 the ChocolaTree Organic Eatery will host Music Feast to Inspire beginning at 2:00 and ending at 6:00 PM in the Garden. Free specials with a live performance by Scott Huckaby, world famous guitarist known for his unique transcendental and inner galactic sounds. ChocolaTree Restaurant and Garden is located at 1595 West State Route 89A, Sedona, Arizona.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 the Coffee Pot Restaurant Free Christmas Dinner is scheduled for 4:30-6:30 PM. A free Turkey dinner will be served to all who walk through the door. Coffee Pot Restaurant is located at 2050 West State Route 89A, Sedona, Arizona.

The Sedona Community Center will host a Community Holiday Celebration and Fundraiser featuring music and stories with harpist, Ani Williams, Peace Meditation with Arianha Bialon and Eric Lindemer, and a silent auction and raffle at its 2645 Melody Lane, Sedona location.

Tis the Season to Give

All events held as part of this Festival of Sharing will be on a donation-love offering basis with donations going to the Verde Food Council to be distributed to those in need. 100% of your donations will go to support :

1. Local food banks to feed the increased numbers of hungry people

2. The School Garden Initiative in your community

3. Back Packs for Kids Programs in local schools



If you still need convincing why support this Festival of Sharing, consider these points:

1. I in 4 children are food insecure – that’s over 17 million hungry children across the U.S.

2. Of all of the U.S. states, Arizona comes in dead last in taking care of its hungry population!

3. With unemployment still on the rise, these numbers are increasing by 50% each year.

4. We can change these statistics by making a positive difference in our own backyard!

Article researched and contributed by Sedona Eye guest writer, Debra Emmanuelle, Verde Food Council Coordinator, at info@verdefood.org or (928) 282-8738. Donations to the Verde Food Council are always welcome and needed. You are encouraged to give.



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