Members of the Verde Valley Amateur Radio Association (VVARA) and the Yavapai Amateur Radio Club (YARC) are seeking donations of food for the approximately two hundred furloughed federal employees living at the Grand Canyon who have now missed their second paychecks. Approximately 300 pounds of meat products and canned goods were donated last week by Rudy Salazar at the Chino Valley Food Bank and delivered to the Grand Canyon by Bob Rosevear, WB7RRQ and Bob Thompson, KC8BOB. Several shipments from the Northern Arizona Food Bank and the Coconino Amateur Radio Club in Flagstaff were previously delivered to the Canyon.
The latest development in the effort to help the Grand Canyon employees comes thanks to Ted Hartson, WA8ULG of Parks, Arizona and Mr. Kelly Mortenson of St. Vincent de Paul. Kelly has received approval for a donation of 1500-2000 pounds of mostly canned food to be delivered Monday, January 28th. The need at the Canyon will not end immediately when the shutdown is resolved as it will take at least two weeks for things to settle back to normal.