MARICOPA, AZ — A Valley food bank has received the gift of a new roof, thanks to three local businesses who teamed up to help.
Wendy Webb, executive director of the F.O.R Maricopa food bank, or food, opportunity, and resources food bank says, the facility has had a leaking roof for two years.
The food bank is located in a landmark facility in the city of Maricopa, called the blue barn. The building houses several other businesses including a hairstylist, tattoo shop, and medical equipment company.
Webb says they had tried to fix the leaky roof several times, and even spent up to $15,000 on these repairs, but with no luck.
That is when they reached out to Preferred Roof Consultants for advice.
Staggs immediately noticed the problems.
"I saw that thing from every angle possible," he said, and decided to reach out to some colleagues I the same industry for help.
"No questions, they said 'the food bank needs help', they said, ‘what do we need to do? Let’s do it now!'" said Staggs.
Applied Coatings and Nation's roof helped get supplies and labor together, and gave the food bank a new roof.
Webb said she is very grateful.
"It was amazing. What these guys did was amazing, so we cannot thank them enough for this. Let us focus on feeding people and not crazy things like a leaking roof," said Webb.
Staggs, who has had to rely for help on a food bank himself at one point said, he was glad to be able to give back.
The food bank feeds hundreds of people every week. Webb said since the COVID-19 pandemic started, their numbers have spiked just like many other food banks across Arizona.