Current and Upcoming Food Drives
to Benefit ICS

Edward Jones Bag-A-Thon
October 5 – November 16, 2013

The 7th annual “Bag-A-Thon” food drive sponsored by Edward Jones runs October 5 through November 16, and this year organizer Ken Blanchard has set an ambitious goal to collect 75,000 pounds of food for the ICS Food Bank.

Before Thanksgiving and through the holidays, lines at the ICS Food Bank stretch around the building and demand peaks. The Bag-A-Thon, our single largest food collection event, is essential to ensuring that ICS has enough supplies to fill holiday food bags and keep our shelves stocked to meet the need. This year, we expect to distribute more than 2,500 holiday food bags.

“The Bag-A-Thon is our way of giving back and lending a hand to those in need of support,” says Ken. “Our goal is to make a positive difference in the community.” Muster your group and get involved! A complete list of drop-off locations, participating groups and needed items will be posted in September at

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Sun City Vistoso Cyclists
October 5 – November 16, 2013

For the third consecutive year, the 2013 SCOV-Vistoso Cyclists Food Drive for ICS will be led by Dave and Marlys Nelson. This year's title for the food drive aptly embraces the SCOV Community and ICS. SCOV is home for nearly 3,600 senior citizens. Again this year, Food Drive partnering will continue with Ken Blanchard's November Bag-A-Thon.

Ambitious might best describe the effort for the 2013 SCOV-Vistoso Cyclists Food Drive.With a matching grant from the Sun City Vistoso Community Foundation, the Cyclists' energy is expected to ignite SCOV contributions. This means, working with ICS, funds provided would purchase 5,000 chickens, providing the basis for 20,000 high-protein meals. SCOV Posse trucks and Cyclists drivers will transport food collections.

The 120-member Vistoso Cyclist Club actively reaches out to the less fortunate in Southern Arizona. Interfaith Community Services was one of the first of eight nonprofit partnerships established; the nonprofits include Ronald McDonald House Charities, Tu Nidito Children and Family Services, GAP Ministries, El Grupo Youth Cycling, Youth On Their Own, Seniors for Kids. Not only do the Cyclists raise funds for ICS, but through staffing the “Wheels For Kids” nonprofit entity, youngsters and adults are empowered with new and refurbished bicycles.

Chairpersons Dave and Marlys said, “The ICS pantry is experiencing unprecedented demand for those in hunger. SCOV contributions will go a long way by feeding them during the holidays, and after. That simply means more meals for more people.” (Article by Jack Bona and Dave Nelson)

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