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FLAGSTAFF — The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) held its inagural drop-off Community Food Drive as a socially distant alternative to its annual César E. Chávez celebration from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27 at the Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños,, 2532 E. 7th Ave., at the corner of 4th and 7th streets, Flagstaff.
Nearly 500 pounds of food were collected, along with nearly $500 in cash donations.
All donations went to the Flagstaff Family Food Center for distribution to the community.
Thank you to former Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans for conducting Facebook Live interviews to spread the word about the event, and to supporting partners The Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños and Radio Sunnyside KSZN-LP 101.5 FM.
CHAC members braved gusty winds and chilly temperatures to set up the donation boxes just outside the Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños.
Community members were invited drop off such donations as:
Peanut Butter, canned vegetables, tuna and other canned protein, pasta, cereal and canned fruit.
Thank you very much for supporting the community. Your help is very much appreciated.
John Haro, Chair
Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council
About CHAC: The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council was established in 2001 with thepurpose of advising the County Board of Supervisors on issues and concerns that affect the Hispanic community in Coconino County. In addition to serving as an advisory group to the county supervisors,the council has identified the following five major areas of focus:
- To conduct forums on issues and concerns of the Hispanic community
- To promote awareness of the need for diversity in employment, training and economicdevelopment
- To assist Coconino County in recruiting and retaining Hispanic employees
- To promote Hispanic culture, arts, historic activities and events
- To examine and make policy recommendations in the areas of education, housing, land use, health, social services, recreation and criminal justice issues.
Prior to the pandemic, CHAC members presented such activities as the annual César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast at American Legion Post 3; and took part in such events as the annual Armed Forces Day Parade, the Cinco de Mayo dinner/dance at the American Legion Post 3 and the 4th of July Parade. Members look forward to taking part in such events in 2022.