PRESS RELEASE 8/28/2021

Desert Foothills Library and Foothills Food Bank Team Up to Provide Books to Families in Need

(Cave Creek, AZ) Desert Foothills Library has teamed up with the Foothills Food Bank to provide 500 books to children and families in need. Books will be given to K-12 children through the Foothills Food Bank’s snack pack program for students experiencing food insecurity. Books will also be distributed in family food boxes during weekly food pick-ups.

Both the Desert Foothills Library and the Foothills Food Bank believe that there should be no barriers to literacy and access to books. Every home should have the opportunity to build their own home library. According to the US Department of Education, sixty-one percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. Having books in the home and hearing stories read aloud plays a significant role in academic success. Through this program, children in our community will be able to open up new worlds of possibility through the printed word.

This project is made possible through an Arizona Reading Program: Build a Home Library 2021 grant from the Arizona State Library.

About Desert Foothills Library: Founded in 1954, Desert Foothills Library is Arizona’s only nonprofit independent library, serving all of Maricopa County. Our mission is to enrich the Desert Foothills Community by promoting literacy and advancing knowledge through library resources and programs that inspire and support lifelong learning. Through our programs for children, youth, and adults we serve more than 17,000 community members each year. Most importantly, our library is a key resource for filling the educational gap left by the pandemic. Our children and youth programs run all year round, offering STEAM, literacy, and other supportive learning services.

About Foothills Food Bank: Founded in 1988, the Foothills Food Bank’s mission is to assist the hungry and those in need within the Foothills area. With the current economic conditions, the Food Bank continues to increase programming to reach the rising number of those who are food insecure. The Foothills Food Bank now covers north to Black Canyon City, south to Pinnacle Peak, east to Rio Verde and west to I-17.

For more information about this program, contact Dorian Townsend, Advancement Coordinator, at dtownsend@dfla.org or 480-809-6404. Desert Foothills Library’s Executive Director Anne Johnson is also available for interviews.