Glendale sends woman final warning about front yard food bank

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Valley woman has been given one last chance to shut down the food bank she’s been operating out of her front yard.

The City of Glendale has sent Millie Ramirez her third and final notice stating that she’s violating city code by having a food bank in front of her home.

Ramirez could be sent to court if she doesn’t comply with Glendale’s orders.

Ramirez has been handing out food to families in need for the past seven years. Problems recently arose when a neighbor complained about the food bank.

By the end of September, Ramirez had received two notices from Glendale’s Code Compliance Department.

Ramirez previously told 3TV that her food bank serves about 50 people a day, adding that she has a personal connection to the people she helps.

“I’ve been there. I’ve been down to where I have nothing and there wasn’t anyone around to help,” said Ramirez. “And if I can help why shouldn’t I? Why shouldn’t anybody help?”

Ramirez won’t be alone in her fight to keep her food bank. She said a national advocacy group has offered to support her against the City of Glendale.

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