Desert Mission Food Bank desperately needs donations

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PHOENIX -- A major Valley food bank is turning to the public to help keep its doors open.

Thousands of families served

The Desert Mission Food Bank serves about 200 families every day. With the tough economy more and more people are turning to the food bank for help.

Desert Mission said it's helping 67 percent more seniors and 43 percent more infants.

People are donating as much as they used, but with the increased demand, the food bank is still running low on supplies.

That's why the Desert Mission is asking the public for donations.

"Go buy us a can of baby formula or diapers," said Sharon Pierson with Desert Mission Food Bank. "We need canned fruit, canned vegetable. Plastic bags when you go grocery shopping, we need those. [We can use] anything that you have in the house that you don't use ... anything that is non-perishable that hasn't been used."

Common staple food banks always need include canned tuna, peanut butter and cereal, as well as baby formula and canned fruits and vegetables.

To make a donation visit or call 602-870-6062.