OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The Sedona Community Food Bank (SCFB) is a community-supported 501(c)3 organization that provides food to people in need in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, Page Springs, and Cornville.
DID YOU KNOW THAT . . .
during 2014 the SCFB provided 204,555 pounds of food to needy families; in 2014 the SCFB also sent food to other food banks South of Sedona. Nothing is ever wasted. The SCFB is operated by over 40 volunteers.
WHO WE ARE
The SCFB, for over the 25 years has operated autonomously. Our community food bank is organized as an Arizona Non-Profit corporation. Our Board of Directors is composed of volunteers and local community business leaders.
HOW WE HELP
Most churches and help groups do not have the administrative means to make certain that people who need assistance get it, and that no one takes advantage of the assistance provided. The SCFB on the other hand, carefully screens and accurately tracks those individuals receiving assistance. Centralizing the distribution of food to the hungry prevents persons from approaching every church and organization in our community and receiving duplicate assistance from overworked pastors and church workers.
Speakers from the SCFB can present programs of interest to fellowship and auxiliary groups in your church or club. Youth groups, school classes and other groups can arrange for brief tours of the SCFB.
And, of course, the SCFB can provide assistance to members of your church or organization who require food assistance.
GIFTS AND DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
Did you know that you can support the SCFB and its work to feed the needy while also receiving a dollar-for-dollar credit on your Arizona taxes? Taxpayers who donate to the SCFB can receive a Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. To qualify, a taxpayer must itemize deductions and deduct charitable contributions on the Arizona State Income Tax Return at least once in order to establish a baseline year and amount. For detailed information, contact your tax advisor.
CHURCH OR COMMUNITY GROUP SUPPORT
Churches and other community groups can support the SCFB in many ways. The greatest need is for volunteer workers.
Worship groups and others can sponsor periodic Food Drives. While the food is generously donated at Christmas time, at other times during the year the cupboards turn bare. Additional food must be purchased regularly to meet the growing needs of those the SCFB serves; the SCFB receives NO federal, state or city funds and is completely dependent upon donations from individuals, churches, organizations and local businesses.
How about holding a “Christmas in July” food drive? Here is shopping list of regularly needed food supplies. Why not encourage every member of your group to provide a complete food box for a needy family next month?
Or, your organization can include the SCFB in the budget process or set up special fund drives for the SCFB.
The Sedona Community Food Bank depends on the people from our community to help keep its shelves stocked with food for the needy.