In an effort to change the 9/11 commemoration narrative from one of sadness to one of service, the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA) and partnering organizations are organizing a multi-faith food drive for the seventh consecutive year. In past years the success of this event has demonstrated that the same spirit that drove the first responders and others to care for complete strangers on 9/11, is still alive by uniting our communities to provide food for the most needy in our communities. The food drive unites local churches, temples, mosques, schools and other organizations in love and compassion with neighbors feeding neighbors. Every year so far, ISBA and all the partnering organizations exceeded their goals for donations with the help of local organizations and made the food drive a success by collecting over 6,621 pounds of food and hygiene items. Last year, PVUMC collected 850 pounds, thanks to the donations from the congregation.

“This was a wonderful showing of how there are no racial, religious, ethnic, cultural or age boundaries when it comes to caring for those in need,” said Jill Stoller, ISBA board member.

As September approaches, ISBA is busy preparing for the seventh annual multi-faith food drive with many local organizations pledged to help and still counting.

Each organization will encourage its members to contribute to the drive starting several weeks before 9/11/18. The food drive liaison for the organization will take pictures of donors and share them with ISBA (if donors wish to do so). The liaison will also weigh the donations as they come in and keep a running total. On 9/11/18 a truck will come by and pick up the collected items and deliver to the Cultural Cup Food Bank, and Extended Hands Food Bank,

Volunteer participation for this event is requested for loading and unloading trucks. If you are able to help that day, please email

At PVUMC, we will be collecting food the first two Sundays in September 2018. On those two Sundays leading up to 9/11, you’re invited to bring your donated non-perishable food and hygiene items to the church when you come to worship. The blue bins will be at the entrances to the campus on both Sunday, September 2 and Sunday, September 9. We have a food donation drive for UMOM every month on the first Sunday, so if you would like your food to go specifically to the 9/11 food drive, please mark your bags accordingly. No matter what, this is an opportunity for you to help feed the hungry in Arizona, either in partnership with UMOM or with ISBA. Bags will be distributed after worship on Sunday, August 26 and September 2 with a list of suggested items to donate. Please return the filled bag to PVUMC by Sunday, September 9.

See the Facebook event posted on the church page and share it with your network of Facebook friends.

The Church and Society and Missions Ministry Teams are participating in this effort. If you would like to help, please contact Don Wall, chair of the missions ministry team.

About Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona and the Food Drive

The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA) is a non-profit, apolitical, educational organization founded in 1999. ISBA is an outreach institution that provides education about Islam and Muslims, promotes interfaith dialogue. For more information about ISBA and the food drive, visit their website.

See a list of the suggested food items to donate below or here:

2017 Sponsoring Organizations/Partners:
American Muslim Women’s Association of Arizona
Arizona Cultural Academy, Phoenix
Beatitudes Campus, Phoenix
Congregation Beth Israel, Scottsdale
Cultural Cup Food Bank, Phoenix
Islamic Center of North Phoenix, Phoenix
Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley, Scottsdale
Imagine Elementary at Tempe LDS North Scottsdale Stake, Scottsdale
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, Paradise Valley
Redemption Church, Scottsdale
Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale
Shepherd of the Hills Congregational United Church of Christ, Phoenix
Temple Solel, Paradise Valley
The Fountains United Methodist Church, Fountain Hills
The New Shul, Scottsdale
Via De Cristo Faith Community, Scottsdale
West Valley Islamic Center, Avondale

Suggested food donations include:
• Cereal (Cheerios, Total, Raisin Bran)
• Dried or canned beans
• Canned vegetables, including tomatoes
• Vegetable or fruit juice
• Bean soups / Chili / Beef stew
• Canned fruit, fruit cups (packed in juice)
• Baby formula / Baby food
• Dried fruit / nuts
• Peanut butter
• Oatmeal
• Whole grain crackers
• All pasta types
• Whole grain / white rice
• Canned tuna, salmon or chicken

Non-food items:
• Diapers (M, L sizes)
• Baby wipes
• Feminine hygiene products
• Toilet paper
• Tissues
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrushes
• Hairbrushes
• Shampoo
• Laundry detergent
• Dish soap

Look for the blue collection bins at the bridge entrances and at the south parking lot walkway September 2 and 9.

NOTE: Donations will be delivered to two small food banks: Extended Hands Food Bank in Fountain Hills ( and Cultural Cup Food Bank in Phoenix ( Please mark your donations for ISBA 9/11 Food Drive or for UMOM on September 2.

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