Earlier this month, Mountain Vista Communities, or MVC, hosted a free block party for residents living in the Miles Manor 2 and 3 communities as a reward for contributing the most food to the MVC annual food drive that supports the Fort Huachuca Food Locker.
Party-goers were treated to a barbecue lunch. Ongoing festivities included face painting, snow cones, craft activities and a giant, inflatable Slip’N Slide®. Everyone who came had a chance to win one of six door prizes and make new, neighborhood friends.
“The block party is an event the entire staff looks forward to year-round. It’s a great way for us to spend time with a smaller group of residents and celebrate them for participating in our annual food drive,” said Shellie Cerecke, MVC assistant community manager.
Last year, MVC collected over 500 pounds of food from residents of all the housing neighborhoods. The winning residents donated a total of 160 pounds. In the last four years, MVC and residents have contributed a total of 5,614 pounds of non-perishable food items to the Fort Huachuca Food Locker. In 2012, MVC also donated $600 to the ‘Giving Tree’ program managed by the Main Post Chapel to assist Families in providing presents to children in December.
The Fort Huachuca Chaplain’s Food Locker gives assistance to the military community throughout the year. They provide household items such as cleaning supplies and/or non-perishable food items. While holidays put a strain on the Food Locker, donations are needed year-round.
The Chapel’s Outreach Ministries Director Josephine Moore said, “There is always a short supply of laundry detergent and diapers. Canned meats such as tuna and chicken or boxed meals … are also some of the most desired items.”
Everyone is welcome to donate to the Food Locker. For more information about what and how to give or to learn about organizing a food drive, call the Main Post Chapel at 533.4748.
MVC will host its next Food Drive between October and November. The MVC monthly newsletter and website, www.mountainvistacommunities.com, will provide more information in the fall.