Pam DiPietro, Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center director

Pam DiPietro, Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center director, center, and Thomas Virgil, ProShred AZ senior driver, left, and a volunteer of the Foothills Food Bank at the November 7 shred-a-thon.

ProShred AZ raised close to $4,000 and 582 pounds of food in donations during the November 7, eighth annual shred-a-thon event benefiting the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center in Cave Creek.

The shred-a-thon offered residents the opportunity to safely and securely dispose of unwanted documents in exchange for a monetary or food donation. The money will be used to help the food bank provide family meals and other services during the holiday season.

Patty Caradonna, ProShred AZ marketing director, said they enjoy working with the food bank every year and it’s their way of giving back to the community.

“We actually live up in the Cave Creek surrounding area, so that is why we choose to do this event,” she said. “This is our way of giving back every year to help the community protect their identity by shredding important documents while raising money for the food bank to help our neighbors.”

Almost 6 tons of paper was shredded during the event, which was sent to the recycling station on the morning of November 9.

Foothills Food Bank Executive Director Pam DiPietro said she was very pleased with how the shred-a-thon went this year.

“The shred-a-thon was great, and we made good money this year,” she said. “People were lined up an hour before we opened, so we had a great turnout, and the people were very generous.” 

The event was nonstop, and people drove in and dropped off documents and donations during the three-hour event.

“I had four volunteers, and they worked very hard because it was nonstop,” DiPietro said. “We were supposed to open at 10, and we had people lined up at 9 and then close to 1 p.m. the truck was as full as it was going to get.”

DiPietro went on to say the shred-a-thon was a huge success, providing the food bank with much-needed resources heading into the holidays.

“This is always such a great event, and working with ProShred is always a great experience,” DiPietro said.