The Superstition Community Food Bank in Apache Junction has a new Little Snack Book Bank.
The box at 575 N. Idaho Road Suite No. 701 holds new children's books, non-perishable snacks and water for children and individuals in the community.
It was built by John Young and JT Slade, and painted by Linda Wiseman — all Superstition Community Food Bank volunteers, according to a release.
The idea for the Little Snack Book Bank developed from an endowment received from an anonymous donor who requested the funding be used specifically for educational programming through the food bank, Executive Director Myra Garcia said in the release.
The food bank has partnered with Kids Need to Read, a Mesa non-profit that encourages kids to discover the joy of reading and the power of a literate mind, according to kidsneedtoread.org.
In Pinal County one in four children live in a food-insecure home. The Little Snack Book Bank is another way the food bank is helping to feed the hungry while also working with partners to help bridge the literacy gap, the release states.
The food bank’s future plans are to develop further educational programming, such as cooking classes, the inclusion of recipe ideas in the standard food boxes given to clients and financial-stability classes. Those who would like to donate to the food bank’s programming may do so by going to superstitionfoodbank.org.