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Tucson business owners feed families in need this holiday

Posted at 6:03 AM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 09:09:46-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Buttery rolls, green beans and a turkey. That and much more is headed to the homes of around 100 Southern Arizonans in need this holiday season.

"For many people, this is it. This is going to be what they have for their Christmas dinner. Even when times are tough, times are always tough for other people as well," said Tucson Business Owners President, Ed Ackerley.

That is the reason Ackerley said he wanted to give back this year. The organization, Tucson Business Owners, came together back in the Spring and set out to support one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. This winter, Each of their 60 members are supporting people beyond their own circle.

"They all adopted a box or adopted a family. Some bought one box, two boxes or three boxes," said Ackerley.

The food is prepared and packed at GAP Ministries. Apollo Middle and Warren Elementary schools helped donors link up with families that may not have otherwise have had a meal to share over the the holiday.

"What it's allowed us to do is not only give food to the families, but our staff has also chipped in. We were able to serve roughly 30 families with gift cards and other things," said Apollo Middle School Principal, Thad Dugan.

Dugan said the meal box program has given the school the opportunity to still support families while many students are learning remotely, and will continue to after winter break.

"Especially with the Coronavirus, a lot of people are struggling. Everybody has their own circumstances. We're glad that we can help, even if it is in a little way," said Dugan.