The third annual National Student Food Drive kicks off on Sept. 14, with high schools from around the Valley looking to dethrone two-time champion Mountain Ridge High School and claim the coveted John van Hengel Memorial Cup for collecting the most food and cash donations.
The hills and trails of Northern Arizona are known as both a haven and worthy challenge for mountain bikers everywhere. And Flagstaff will be the site on August 22nd for the Eighth Annual Absolute Bikes/St. Mary’s Food Bank – Flagstaff Old-Fashioned Mountain Bike Race. Always a popular event, the 10-mile course is 65 percent single-track and 35 percent dirt road, climbing over 800 feet during each lap. The race begins at 9 a.m. and is limited to the first 300 entrants. There are men’s and women’s divisions in Expert/Pro and Single-speed (three laps), Sport and Beginner levels. In addition to the main event, there is also a children’s race immediately following the adult event. The entry fee includes five tickets in a raffle for prizes, highlighted by a Specialized 2009 Stumpjumper FSR Pro M5 bike frame.
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Seven-year-old Cody Mitchell was watching the evening news on television with his grandmother one night at their Glendale home when a reporter began talking about a 12-year-old boy who had been holding a charity book sale in his neighborhood.
Geovanni Garcia, 17 years old, senior at North High School is part of the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Summer Youth Program. He along another Youth Program participant Carlos Viera, 16 and a senior at Trevor Brown High School, accompanied me in the First Annual Burrito Project at La Tolteca. After the event Geo wrote a blog about his experience:
Why this is important: some economists say that every $1 spent in food stamp benefits (now called the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) results in twice that in economic activity. And it allows those who could otherwise not afford healthy food enjoy some nutritious options.
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