Thief steals food bank's delivery truck on Thanksgiving

Food bank organizers said the truck that was stolen on Thanksgiving is used seven days a week to take meals to Valley residents in need.

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. - A food bank’s delivery truck was stolen on Thanksgiving Day from its facility in El Mirage.  

Organizers at the Valley View Community Food Bank said the truck, a 2003 Chevy, was parked right in front of the food bank when it was stolen.

Jesse Ramirez, the director of the food bank, said they still had the keys when the truck was stolen.

"She said, 'The truck's not here, but the keys are here.' I said, 'No way,' So we reported it, and I guess they must've hot-wired it or something," he said. 

Ramirez said their 24-hour service uses the truck seven days a week to take meals to Valley residents in need.

"This time of year, it's really tough," Ramirez said.

He said he's never experienced such a loss in 32 years of business and doesn't know how he's going to help the more than 300 people the food bank helps daily with meals. 

"It was a big blow to us because of the fact that that truck is needed," Ramirez said.

Nonetheless, Ramirez took it upon himself to make sure every delivery has been made.

"We had to use my own vehicle to make sure that we can pull the trailer, make those pick-ups, make those deliveries," he said.

He fears the truck might be significantly damaged, but he said he has every hope that they will get it back for the greater good of the community in need. 

If you’d like to help Valley View Community Food Bank replace its truck, visit this Gofundme page.

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