Harvey is a native Arizonan born in the copper mining town of Morenci. He went to school in Phoenix and graduated from Occidental College with honors. He and his wife, Julie, established their counseling and training business, Center for Human Potential, in 1989. They moved from Scottsdale to the Verde Valley in 1995 and established their nonprofit, Cornucopia Community Advocates, in 2000.
Harvey has four adult children living in Arizona and Colorado, and Julie has four adult children living in Arizona and the state of Washington. Together, they have 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Harvey’s 40-year career of community service includes work in the criminal justice system, the behavioral health system, juvenile delinquency prevention, state and regional planning, integrative medicine, grant writing and community resource development. He utilized those skills in founding the Verde Food Council in February 2009.
In 2008, he attended a lecture in Prescott by Linda Haman of DES entitled “Ending Child Hunger in Arizona.” He was surprised to hear that child hunger was a growing problem. He wondered how hungry children and their families received assistance, so he visited food banks in the Verde Valley and learned how they operated. He saw that they experienced longer lines of food insecure clients, and that they needed extra community support.
He gathered key leaders representing the various sectors of the agricultural and emergency food resources in the Verde Valley and asked them to find solutions to the challenge of hunger. The Verde Food Council was born and continues its vital work today to develop resources, not only for our hungry neighbors but also for attaining food security for all Verde Valley residents.
No children should go hungry on the weekends!
Right now the Yavapai Food Council packs and distributes 125 backpacks to schools and hungry kids across the Verde Valley but we need your help!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
The Yavapai Food Council's Weekend Backpack Program is in dire need of individual food items for our backpack programs to continue our distribution.
You can help support these kids and their access to food on the weekends by donating the foods in the photo below to the Yavapai Food Council Office across from Bashas (2020 Contractors Rd in Sedona), the Yavapai Food Neighbors Collection Event or by making a monetary donation which will then be used to purchase these food items!
If you only donate once a month, please consider the Yavapai Food Council Weekend Backpack Program next month. ... See MoreSee Less