Our View: Noble work found in Peach’s Pantry
Published in the Sierra Vista Herald
Nov 15, 2015
Watching the development of Peach’s Pantry in Sierra Vista is a bit like listening to the story about stone soup.
From the humble beginnings of a counselor’s closet, to a volunteer effort that provides needed food to some 120 students every Friday, Peach’s Pantry has grown into a community of concerned citizens that will soon formalize as a nonprofit organization.
Hunger is not a problem we can eliminate. Food banks, community donations and charity drives have done and continue to do a great job raising awareness and providing for immediate needs, with the best of our efforts usually tied to the holidays.
Like other great local organizations — Good Neighbor Alliance, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul — the true measure of Peach’s Pantry is its consistency in meeting this never-ending need. Volunteers are actively making a difference in the lives of needy children who take a backpack full of food home for the weekend so they don’t show up for school Monday morning with growling stomachs.
It’s good for the kids and it improves the opportunity to learn when school is in session.
Peach’s Pantry represents what can happen when a community comes together to address a problem. It has become a local effort that embraces the talents of local volunteers who are motivated to feed students who otherwise face the prospect of being hungry.
Like the urchin child who came to a poor village baring just a stone and left with pots full of delicious vegetable soup, Peach’s Pantry has brought together a community of people all with special skills who have made the organization a truly remarkable accomplishment.
If offers evidence that Sierra Vista, and our larger community, can make a difference and address a problem when we all work together.