Mom’s Pantry food bank recently received a $50,000 gift through Turner Sports from basketball icon and commentator Charles Barkley.
Mr. Barkley, a former All-Star power forward for the Phoenix Suns, awarded $50,000 to Mom’s Pantry food bank to help distribute more food to mothers and children, families, retirees, veterans, individuals and the homeless this fall, according to a press release.
Noting the contribution will help to feed more than 1,600 families of three, Mom’s Pantry Executive Director Pam Trudeau was excited to receive a gift of this magnitude, the release said.
“Mr. Barkley’s donation will help provide food for thousands of people including veterans, retired folks, single moms, homeless and those struggling with job loss or high medical bills. We can’t thank him enough for his generosity to our families especially during these times,” said Ms. Trudeau in a prepared statement.
Mom’s Pantry, on North Cave Creek Road in Phoenix, is a nonprofit and a qualifying charitable organization in the state that assists residents who have experienced hardships because of the pandemic.
Many families lost significant income because of the businesses in the food, hospitality, travel and entertainment industries closing, according to the release.
Since March, Mom’s Pantry has given away more food than all of 2019, detailed the release, noting that more than 360,000 pounds of food was available for feeding more than 35,000 individuals in the neighborhood food bank this year.
With the loss of jobs and the threat of eviction, Mom’s Pantry has experienced a 26% increase in guest count each week.
“This donation comes at a perfect time as we are gearing up for the fall and winter months,” said Ms. Trudeau.
“Additionally, Mom’s Pantry is in the middle of a matching funds drive. Our goal is to raise $20,000 to match the $20,000 fund set up by board members and other major supporters. This campaign is in lieu of fundraising events that had to be cancelled due to social distancing requirements."
The public is invited to donate to the ongoing work of Mom’s Pantry at: https://www.momspantryphoenix.org/give-help.