Nov 26, 2013 8:00 PM by Danielle Lerner

Fire-damaged Littletown Food Bank struggling to provide holiday help

TUCSON- A local food bank, damaged by fire, is struggling to provide some much-needed help for the holidays. On September 8, flames sparked at the Littletown Food Bank near Craycroft and Valencia. Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set. An arson investigation is underway but still no leads or suspects.

The Food Bank's trailer still has no electricity or running water so volunteers stack and sort the items on folding tables.

"It's been a tough few years," said Phyllis Beckert. "Being retired and finding out that we had illnesses, the money that we did get was being spread a lot more."

Beckert and her husband are two of dozens who line up daily for fresh food and produce. Sherry Amons is another regular.

"I hope they find the person who did it, but I also hope they hurry up and put a new building in," said Amons.

"All we're doing right now is using it for storage," said Food Bank President Chris Kingston. "We have no refrigerators, we had to get rid of them, all the canned goods and all the stuff we had, the rice, beans we had to get rid of everything."

The county has promised a new trailer by the end of the month. Until then every perishable item that comes in has to go out that same day. Turkeys and hams will be scarce this Thanksgiving, but Kingston and her volunteers say they're determined to stay open.

"They didn't hurt me, they hurt all these people that get in line here," said Kingston. "We're going to keep going as long as they allow us to outside."


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