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Hunger is a year round problem, especially for children and the elderly.

Please share your blessings and may God bless you for your generosity.

ACCA is a 501©3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible for income tax purposes.

Tax Incentive
In August 2006 The US Congress voted to pass a bill giving business a tax incentive to donate to food banks. Businesses can deduct from their taxes the value of donated food equal to the basis of donated items plus ½ the fair market value, or 2 times the basis, whichever is less.

Increased Value
With our contacts with our local food bank, wholesale and discount suppliers, Senior Gleaners and other food gathering organizations, we are able to make your donation dollar stretch to do the work of up to ten times its value. The balanced and nutritional box of food that we have developed over the years costs ACCA approximately $10 to provide.

It contains over $50 worth of food plus many additional donated items of bread products, fresh fruit, produce, dairy items, and other seasonally available supplements. In most cases, the food box will easily support a family of four for more than three full days and also have some extra staples left over to stretch their food budget further through the rest of the month.

SAFEWAY is one of our largest donors of bread products and sometimes meat, pasta, frozen diners, dairy items, etc.

For Healthy Food Donations Suggestions

* Cereals (Oatmeal, dry cereals, etc.)
* Canned Meats
* Canned Fruit Juices
* Canned or Dry Soups
* Beams/Chili (Dry or Canned)
* Canned Spaghetti Sauce
* Canned Vegetables
* Canned Fruits
* Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
* Rice / Pasta
* Peanut Butter
* Baking / Bisquit Mix
* Seasonings / Sauce Packets
* Non-Fat Dry milk
* James and Jellies
* Eggs

ALSO Needed are personal Hygiene Items:
Such as: Shampoo, Tooth paste, Tooth Brushes, Deordorant, Sanitany napkins, Diapers, Skin care, Beauty products, Hand and bath soap, Laundry detergent, Etc. ____________________________________

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THE MULTIPLIER EFFECT OF YOUR MONETARY DONATIONS:
With our contacts with our local food bank, wholesale and discount suppliers, Senior Gleaners and other food gathering organizations, we are able to make your donation dollar stretch to do the work of up to ten times its value. The balanced and nutritional box of food that we have developed over the years costs ACCA approximately $10 to provide. It contains over $50 worth of food plus many additional donated items of bread products, fresh fruit and produce, dairy items, and other seasonally available supplements. In most cases, the food box will easily support a family of four for more than three full days and also have some extra staples left over to stretch their food budget further through the rest of the month.

In our most recent report to United Way, the cost of the food supplied in our box was calculated at just 28 cents per meal!

NEW SOURCES OF FOOD DONATIONS BEING SOUGHT

Besides buying low cost foods through our local food bank (Shasta Senior Nutrition), we have recently developed connections with Senior Gleaners in Sacramento and with some local growers and suppliers. We are continually grateful for donations from Safeway, Subarama, Litehouse Salad Dressings, a local egg producer, and Crystal Dairies. Many of our congregations also bring in food that they have collected through food donation boxes located in their churches.

We would like to develop further connections with local farmers, wholesalers, distributors and merchants who have surplus food that they can donate to our program. We have volunteers who can arrange to pick up food supplies or they can be dropped off on Tuesdays or Fridays at our distribution center located at 2979 East Center Street, in downtown Anderson, just off Highway 273. We just recently received word that we will soon be receiving donations of 5 lb. bags of rice from one of the valley's rice cooperatives. We have also been blessed by donations of extra produce grown by local gardeners, now that the harvest season is upon us.

If you have food products to donate, please call our ACCA distribution center at 365-4220. Every donation is promptly acknowledged and receipted for tax deduction purposes.



Now Preparing For The Holiday Season
The need keeps growing:
Over the past two years, ACCA has seen a very dramatic increase in the number of local families in our area needing emergency food assistance. Since 2004, the number served has gone up by 33% and in 2005, the number has increased by another 25%. As a result, ACCA is straining with all of its resources to meet these needs.
Over 600 holiday food baskets will be distributed in our area:
As we enter the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas, ACCA will be preparing over 300 baskets for each holiday. Every basket contains a balanced and nutritious supply of food for the holiday meal and additional staples to tide the family over for a few extra days. As in the past, ACCA provides coupons redeemable at our local supermarkets for the meat portion of the meal. This allows each family the dignity to select it's own preference, whether a turkey or a ham, or other ethnic foods. It also relieves ACCA of having to arrange for cold storage for these perishable items prior to distribution.
Rent, gas, utility and food costs are rising faster than incomes:
This year we are seeing more and more families in really desperate need. The causes are many: higher rent costs, the sudden jump in gas prices, utilities going way up, and the much higher costs for food and medicines. Most of our clients are the working poor who do not receive any benefits and often must string together several part-time, minimum wage jobs just to survive. Many families have a disabled member who cannot work but still must be their primary provider. A lot of grandparents have had to take over the care of their grandchildren, causing a terrible strain on their fixed incomes from social security and low pensions. For most of our clients, just one unexpected event such as a car breakdown, medical emergency, layoff, sickness or other disaster just wipes them out.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED NOW.
All of the 15 churches participating in ACCA are appealing to the community and their congregations for help. We wisely use your monetary donations to purchase in bulk from food banks and other discount suppliers, effectively multiplying the effects of your dollar by a factor of 5 to 10 times. We are also constantly in need of food donations such as peanut butter, jams & jellies, tuna fish, macaroni and cheese, canned meats, hamburger or tuna helper, and canned fruits and vegetables. At each church, there is a receptacle available for your food donations and monetary donations may be placed in the collection or mailed directly to ACCA, 2979 East Center St., Anderson, CA 96007. Most importantly, your gift brings life and encouragement to all those suffering from hunger in our area. Please keep all of our volunteers, donors and client families in your prayers.

On behalf of the many needy families in our area,
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR LAST YEARS HELP!

The outstanding generosity of our entire Anderson and Cottonwood communities enabled us to serve nearly 570 families with holiday food baskets this year. Our special thanks to the many organizations, schools, businesses, churches and individual donors that made such a tremendous response possible. Thanks also to the nearly 100 volunteers that handled this year's distribution so effectively and compassionately. Because of you, a great many people were able to enjoy a blessed and uplifted holiday in our community.

But as a reminder, hunger and need are a year round problem as families face increases in their utilities, rent, prescription, and transportation needs. Over half our clients are the working poor, struggling to maintain their independence from government aid. Another great number are permanently disabled. And the number of senior citizens struggling to take care of their grandchildren on very limited incomes continues to rise.

We ask you to consider making periodic donations throughout the year as well as continuing your support for the very helpful food drives conducted by the Boy Scouts, Postal Workers and the Food Group each year. Because our community cares, the lives of the impoverished and struggling members of our area are vastly improved.