Originally Published: October 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.
El Gato Azul restaurant owner Barry Barbe is partnering with St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix to collect money and food for Grand Canyon National Park employees who are furloughed during the federal government shutdown.
The food bank has been making trips this week, delivering food to the workers idled by the shutdown and will pick up and take Prescott's contributions to them, Barbe said.
People who want to donate money or food items can take them to El Gato Azul, 316 W. Goodwin St., in Prescott, until the close of business this coming Monday.
"Over the Columbus Day weekend, Prescott and surrounding areas stand to see an increase in traffic due to visitors who have changed their itineraries and will be visiting Prescott, Flagstaff and other areas until the Grand Canyon is reopened," Barbe said. "This is a great opportunity for our community to 'pay it forward' and help those who have been sidelined and unassisted. Please join us in letting these people know they are not alone."
For more information on St. Mary's or to make a donation, visit www.firstfoodbank.org.