Wow, it’s been a while, so I wanted to catch up on a few things…
Bashas’ recent bankruptcy filing was unexpected and sad, in that you hate to see a local institution suffer. All indicators are that they will come back better than ever, so we do have that to look forward to. Bashas’ has been a longtime supporter of Arizona’s food banks, and there are other interesting tidbits here that you might not have known about.
The Arizona Daily Star began a series this past Sunday that profiles various different families severely affected by the recession. While I think it’s a valid complaint that the series thus far has not offered any solutions or counter-stories of those finding successful ways to ride out the recession, these stories nonetheless offer a glimse into how just a single misstep or living with no margin for error can really affect people when things get ugly. And if nothing else, a long-form, investigative-esque newspaper series is really something like a dodo sighting anymore; enjoy it while you still can.
You can support AAFB by having Better Deal Printing handle your next print order. Based out of Prescott, but specializing in online orders, Better Deal is donating 10% of their sales to AAFB from now to the end of July. They are also affordable and eco-friendly, so what else could you want?
Finally, I’ll be out at the Goodyear Swap Meet this Saturday for their annual Back-to-School Clothing Swap, handing out information on school breakfast and lunch programs. In a nutshell, you can trade-in gently used clothing your child has outgrown for some of the same that fits.
Sure, it’ll be hot, but I can assure you that swap meets are very, very cool! I once bought one of these for peanuts at a swap meet!