Miss Arizona USA Yesenia Vidales, along with the help of Miss Arizona Teen USA Molly Schwanz, has partnered with Phoenix Rescue Mission and its Hope For Hunger Food Bank to feed families in need and those who have been hurt financially by the pandemic.
The partnership includes a Valley-wide food drive, organized and led by Ms. Vidales with the help of Ms. Schwanz that will continue through the month of June and feature several public drop-off locations across the metro area, according to a release.
Ms. Vidales, who earned the crown of Miss Arizona USA earlier this year, chose to use her platform to give back to those who are experiencing the same struggles she and her family endured during her childhood.
“When I was younger, we didn’t have a lot of money and my family relied on Hope for Hunger Food Bank to make ends meet,” Ms. Vidales said in the release. “I can’t tell you what it means to me that there are organizations like Phoenix Rescue Mission that have a sole focus of helping families like mine --- families that don’t know when or how they’re going to get their next meal.”
Ms. Vidales is urging the public to get involved by bringing non-perishable food items to one of the Valley-wide drop-off locations, which include Glam Squad Couture in Scottsdale, Scott’s Training Systems in Chandler, Cryoworld Drip and Spa in Phoenix, AZ Fit Pro in Scottsdale, Spray Tan Queen Studio in Scottsdale, Hard Knocks Gym in Phoenix, Face Therapy in Scottsdale, Glow Bar in Scottsdale, Regina Valenzuela Hair and Makeup in Phoenix, and Francisco Adame Dance Arts Modeling Academy in Phoenix.
All donations will support Hope for Hunger Food Bank and its mission to end hunger in the Valley.
Suggested donations include cereal, soup, rice, beans, pasta, pasta sauce, canned vegetables, canned meat (chicken, tuna, roast beef), peanut butter, ramen noodles, mac and cheese and crackers.
Hope for Hunger Food Bank is in Glendale and serves families across the Valley. In addition to providing healthy, fresh meals to families in need, the facility provides a comprehensive case management program that connects families to other services designed to lift them out of poverty, the release states.
“It means the world to us to know that Hope for Hunger played a part in Yesenia’s life, and we are so happy to see her succeed,” Phoenix Rescue Mission CEO Ken Brissa said in the release. “Yesenia is a prime example of why it’s so important for communities to come together in support of their struggling neighbors. She is a blessing to us and the entire community as a whole, and we wish her the best as she goes on to compete for Miss USA later this year.”
Those interested in getting involved can visit Miss Arizona USA on Instagram (@MissAZUSA) or Facebook (@MissArizonaUSA).