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Propane supplier assists Yarnell Food Bank

YARNELL - The former Flame Propane offices in Yarnell is already the new home of the Yarnell Food Bank, and an open house and grand opening Friday, July 31, will celebrate the agreement between the building's current owner, Amerigas Propane, and Yarnell Hill Recovery Group.

Yarnell Hill Recovery Group will lease the building at 22815 State Highway 48, Yarnell, for $2 for two years, the payment of which will be included in a grand opening and open house Friday, July 31, at 3 p.m.

Chuck Tidey, president of Yarnell Hill Recovery Group, approached Amerigas area director CJ Ellson about leasing the building for the food bank, which provides food for approximately 85 eligible residents and families in the Yarnell Hill area.

Amerigas will receive a tax credit for their donation to the nonprofit, and Yarnell Hill Recovery Group will in turn sublease the building to the food bank.

"This was a perfect way for Amerigas to continue to be helpful to the residents in these communities," said Ellson.

The company made a $10,000 donation to the Yarnell Fire District through the Hill Recovery Group shortly after residents returned to their homes after the 2013 Fire.

"We are very thankful that we have a new space that is so perfect for our operation," food bank manager Margaret Ramsey said.

After the groups reached an agreement, the building, which had been vacant for several years, was cleaned and painted. Once shelving, inventory and refrigerators were moved in, the food bank began operating at its current location the first week of July.

Representatives from all three organizations will attend the event, which is slated to last about 45 minutes.