Food banks swoop in to serve Littletown patrons, following fire
By Maggie Vespa. CREATED Sep 13, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - They are down but far from out.
Tucson police are on the hunt for the person, they say, set fire to the Littletown Food Bank.
Meanwhile many worried those who depend on Littletown would go hungry.
That is, until now.
It's a vital resource, that was wiped out.
"When you heard about the fire, what did you think?" asked 9OYS reporter Maggie Vespa.
"Oh I was terrified," said one woman, who used the food bank.
She's terrified that a cold, calous crime would cost her and her brother crucial support.
"They just kind of ruined a lot of people," he said.
Or at least, they tried.
But one thing the arsonist didn't see coming is Littletown food bank's parent in the non-profit circuit bringing in big reinforcements.
"We always try to regroup and serve the people," said Jack Parris, spokesman for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Directors set up camp in Littletown's parking lot and passed out non-perishables.
They plan to do this every Friday until the bank gets back on its feet.
"We hope the message is loud and clear. We intend to feed the hungry in our area no matter what," he said.
"It helps. It helps a little bit," said the patron.
"It's great. It's great that they're coming to help us. It's great that they're coming to help us because we need it," she said.
It's relief, while the search continues for the one who left Littletown in ruin.
"What would you say to them?" asked Vespa.
"Why did they do it? There's no need for it. They're stupid for doing it," she said.
Directors of Littletown plan to rebuild, but that will take time.
A new trailer, donated by the county, won't be ready until mid-November.
If you have any information on the fire call 9-1-1 or 88-crime.