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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.

For more information on the firewood program, click here or call (928) 526-2211. For more information on the hunter donation program, click here.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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