- Your Voice
Bring food to feed others, and fill your own tummy while you’re at it.
Ken Blanchard, the Oro Valley resident who seven years ago, initiated the town’s Bag-a-Thon food drive, has packed up and moved to Tempe after being promoted within the financial company Edward Jones.
Some said it couldn’t be done, that his goals were unrealistic.
In August 2012 the Interfaith Community Services Food Bank assisted more than 1,900 households. With fall and the holidays approaching, the number of people turning to the ICS Food Bank is expected to grow significantly.
Dave Perry/The Explorer, Getting ready for this Saturday's food collection Bag-a-Thon, to benefit the food bank at Interfaith Community Services, are, in the front row, Copper Creek fifth-grade student Justin Northam; in the second row, Canyon Del Oro's Kiley Hunt, Immaculate Heart's Marcus Landeros, and Ironwood Ridge students Holly Durr and Molly Hansen; in the third row, Immaculate Heart's Maggie Etheridge, Oro Valley Councilwoman Mary Snider, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath and Edward Jones adviser and Bag-a-Thon organizer Ken Blanchard; and in the back from left, Edward Jones adviser Rudy Graf, Austin Franklin of CDO, Councilman Lou Waters and Edward Jones adviser Joe Dylewski.
Youthful energy is spurring the fourth annual Edward Jones Bag a Thon to new volumes of food for the needy.
Dave Perry/The Explorer, Sam Capuano, a firefighter with the Golder Ranch Fire District, sorted food Saturday at Lambert and La Cañada in Oro Valley, where people brought their donations for Interfaith Community Services. The Edward Jones Bag-A-Thon filled two U-Haul trucks, background, with more than 25,000 pounds of food.
An Edward Jones food drive for Interfaith Community Services has grown into a multiple office, school and community effort to collect 20,000 pounds — 10 tons — of non-perishable items for needy people on Saturday, Nov. 13.
A year ago, the Edward Jones Bag-A-Thon netted 12,500 pounds of non-perishable food for Interfaith Community Services.
One of my favorite things about working at The Explorer is shining a spotlight on people who are making a difference in our community.
October’s Helping Hand nomination goes to Ken Blanchard, an Oro Valley resident and employee of Edward Jones, whose initiation of the Southern Arizona’s annual Bag-a-Thon food drive is receiving increased recognition and effectiveness.
Sara Blanchard is a young lady who wants to make this world a better place. At a very young age, she understood that everybody can help, even children. When Sara was four years old, she dipped into her piggy bank to help Hurricane Katrina survivors.
A roundup of letters to the editor published in the Dec. 10, 2008, issue of The Explorer.
A listing of upcoming business events in the area.