Sun City food bank facing financial struggles, could close doors next week

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It's considered a premiere retirement community for fun and golfing in the sun, but many don't realize people who live in Sun City and the surrounding communities struggle with putting enough food on the table.
 
And now, many people are alarmed that the area's only food bank is on the verge of closing its' doors.
 
The Valley View Community Food Bank could be closed as early as this coming Tuesday if its financial needs aren't met. 
 
The organization is behind on their rent and only has a few weeks’ worth of food left to pass out to families in need.
 
"I'd have to stand out here and tell them today we can’t serve you, and I don't want to do that,” says Jesse Ramirez with the Valley View Community Food Bank. “I want to be say come on in, the door is open."   
 
Ramirez says they exhausted their savings back in June and are now two months behind on rent. 
 
The food bank serves about 400 people each day with food boxes filled with produce, shelf-stable food, and meats. 
 
Ramirez says they've seen hard times, but nothing like this before. 
 
"We were hit this summer hard, we had enough food around May to manage that until about November and it looks like the beginning of October we'll be completely out."    
 
The Valley View Community Food Bank is much smaller than St. Mary's, but Ramirez says it's crucial to the area and they get the job done.
 
"We don't have any zip code restrictions, so if you live in Peoria, El Mirage, Wickenburg we're still going to help you, we don’t turn anyone away."  
 
Ramirez is hoping the landlord will give them a few more weeks to get things straightened out. 
 
If you would like to help the Valley View Community Food Bank or make a donation, you can do so at yourfoodbank.org.  
 
 
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