Northern Arizona food bank pulling double-duty
PHOENIX -- There are many families in northern Arizona who are living without plumbing and electricity and the Northern Arizona Food Bank is stepping up to keep them warm.
The food bank has given low-income families, seniors and disabled individuals free firewood for the past 12 years.
"We're looking at 3.9 million pounds of split firewood," said Kerry Ketchum with the food bank. "A lot of effort went into that."
Firewood will be available beginning Oct. 1. Ketchum said keeping a good stock is a community effort.
"They bring in wood from thinning around people's homes for fire prevention and the homeowner has the choice to keep the wood or donate it. We have a lot of very giving people in Flagstaff that donate a lot of wood."
Ketchum also said hunters are helping out through the "Hunters for the Hungry" program where they donate meat from their hunt. It has provided almost 175,000 servings of deer and elk.
Jim Cross, Reporter