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Matthew's Crossing Food Bank

Read to Grow, is a program of Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. Our lobby library is designed to help enrich reading for children ages birth to 16 years old. Children of the clients visiting the food bank for hunger relief, may select a new age-appropriate book to take home at no cost. Children need food to grow up healthy and books to support literacy health.

Read to Grow was launched in early 2015. Since that time, over 15,000 new books have been distributed. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church founded the children’s literacy program and the lead volunteer for the program is a retired reading teacher. The purpose of the project is to instill literacy skills and a love for reading in children who might not have the opportunity to know and enjoy the wonderful world of books.  Developing a love for reading and literacy at an early age can propel a child successfully throughout their education, career and life.
Those involved in the project are especially rewarded when they see firsthand the:

  • smile on the face of a child who has never had their very own book
  • gratefulness of a parent to be able to take books home to their children and read to them
  • delight of an immigrant mother when she spotted a sixth grade level book on the American Revolution—a topic she is studying to gain United States citizenship
  • sincere ‘Thank you” from a single mom making $7 an hour and can barely pay rent, much less buy a book for her daughter
  • joy of seeing children break from their parents and head straight for the books when they come through the door

To donate new or gently used children’s books to the food bank, please click HERE.

Thank you to the following supporters of Read to Grow: St. Matthew’s congregation, individual donors, a real estate company, Kiwanis Club of Chandler, Savers, Changing Hands, and a book drive by a local 4th  grade elementary school class.

Matthew's Crossing Food Bank

1368 N. Arizona Ave. Unit 112
Chandler, AZ 85225
480-857-2296
Emergency Food Bags
M, Tu, Th, F 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 4:00 - 6:00 pm

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About Us:

COMPASSION • DIGNITY • HOPE
Matthew's Crossing is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We provide assistance for individuals and families in need in the East Valley area - currently addressing needs associated with hunger.

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In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited
from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  
Full Non-Discrimination Statement can be found HERE