Manzanita Outreach Expands Drive-Thru Food Sharing in the Verde Valley
In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Manzanita Outreach, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating food security in the Verde Valley, has reorganized its community food-sharing events to meet the needs of our neighbors.
Until further notice, all community food-sharing events will be drive-thru only. Further, the organization has added two weekly drive-thru food sharing events to help Verde Valley families who may be impacted by the economic fallout from the public health crisis. Manzanita Outreach has also launched a new website, www.mohelp.org, to serve as a central repository for all food-sharing events in the Verde Valley.
In 2019, Manzanita Outreach’s food-sharing model enabled the organization to distribute more than 1,000,000 pounds of perishable and non-perishable food across the Verde Valley.
As our communities face this continuing public health and economic crisis, Manzanita Outreach has reorganized its distribution model in order to scale to support increased demand while implementing CDC safety guidelines.
Through its partners, including St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Manzanita has also developed contingency plans to increase food distribution operations as health and economic situations evolve.
Due to the move to a drive-thru model, Manzanita has postponed its Zalesky Road, Cornville and Mingus High School food-sharing events. The expanded drive-thru schedule includes the following:
Every Saturday from 9:00 am-12:00 pm: Verde Valley Christian Church, 406 S 6th St, Cottonwood
Drivers are asked to stay in their cars and have adequate space in their trunks for food to be loaded.
“With everything happening around the world and in our communities, it’s important to ensure that people have food security. We have been working very hard to ensure that all of our neighbors in the Verde Valley will have enough food in these unprecedented times of economic uncertainty,” said Mike Newcomb, Executive Director of Manzanita Outreach. “With these changes to our distribution model and the launch of MOhelp.org, our capacity to share food in Cottonwood will increase from 1,700 families to 3,500 families per month. Our mobile outreach capabilities allow us to adapt quickly, and we are well-positioned and ready to expand further as the need increases.”
Additionally, Manzanita’s food-sharing events for seniors at Verde Valley Manor and Highland Square have moved to home deliveries. Tuzigoot Village and Christian Care residents can also receive home deliveries. To find out more about this service, please call 1-833-MOHELP1.