Volunteers in Action: Benson Woman’s Club (AZ)
July 25, 2023
Benson Woman’s Club teamed up with others to support the first-ever County wide food drive! The teamwork was essential with donated food shortages seen throughout the area. The food drive lasted one week and saw police departments, grocery stores, and many other entities come together to support the county’s needs.
As an extra incentive, one of Benson’s Women’s Club’s own is the president of the local food pantry. This gave plenty of motivation for the group to open the clubhouse doors for the week, normally closed in the throes of the summer heat, and are very proud of the 255 pounds of food collected by their club alone!
Benson Woman’s Club is located in Cochise County, on the edge of the Chihuahuan desert (the Sonoran desert is its neighbor). The poverty level for this area is 52% higher than the national average. Food banks and pantries are experiencing double the amount of those seeking help from a year ago. With the spike in demand, food banks struggle to meet the increase. The next County wide food drive is already being planned to combat the situation.
GFWC is proud to recognize the work of Benson Woman’s Club in feeding their community. Make sure your club is registered for the GFWC National Day of Service on Saturday, September 30 to fight food insecurity in America.
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