Soup Kitchen Raises Money For Food Bank


Payson High School students Angel Pena, Heath Quade, Blanca Valdez, Matthew Burris, Logan Child and Samantha Devoid presented a $500 check to Payson Area Food Drive organizer Roger Kreimeyer Tuesday to buy supplies for local food banks.

Payson High School students Angel Pena, Heath Quade, Blanca Valdez, Matthew Burris, Logan Child and Samantha Devoid presented a $500 check to Payson Area Food Drive organizer Roger Kreimeyer Tuesday to buy supplies for local food banks. |

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After hosting a soup kitchen, Payson High School’s resource English students presented the Payson Area Food Drive with a $586 donation check Tuesday.

The check joins more than $25,000 raised during the townwide food drive held this winter.

“I think it is outstanding high school students reached out to the community with a food drive and soup kitchen,” said PAFD organizer Roger Kreimeyer.

This is the second year for the food drive and the second year students in the service learning oriented class held a soup kitchen in conjunction with culinary arts students.

Money raised by the students will go toward buying 3,000 pounds of food, enough to feed 167 people.

“It is wonderful to have the youth get involved and reach out beyond school,” Kreimeyer said. “To take the time and work to help other people they don’t even know.”

So far, the PAFD has given two local food banks 3,000 pounds of food. Kreimeyer believes they have enough food and money in the bank to support food banks through the next year.

Residents can continue to donate to the PAFD by sending checks to PAFD, P.O. Box 703, Payson, AZ 85547.

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