Help Wells Fargo Send Childhood Hunger Packing This Summer!

Wells Fargo is trying to fill the shelves of Valley Food Banks all over Arizona now through Aug. 3 with its annual statewide food drive. Simply stop into any Wells Fargo bank location, look for the food boxes set up in the lobby and help the one in four Arizona children who are struggling with hunger with a non-perishable food donation.

Donations will benefit members of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which collectively distributed more than 131 million pounds of food last year – enough to provide 299,000 meals every day through 1,600 sites.  People who wish to donate cash can send checks to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, 2100 N. Central Ave., Ste. 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004.  Donations also may be made online at http://www.azfoodbanks.org.

With television cameras rolling, Wells Fargo officials visited the St. Mary’s warehouse on July 19 to speak about the need for non-perishable food items in Arizona – at St. Mary’s warehouse, stocks are down 30 percent compared to last summer – and what items the food bans need most.

The food you donate in your area will stay there and benefit the hungry in your neighborhood. This is one of the only statewide food drives and St. Mary’s Food Bank would like to thank Wells Fargo for their commitment to fighting hunger!

KSLX-FM’S Mark Mayfield & Sleep America to Host 5th Annual ‘Get In Bed With Mark’ Food Drive to Benefit St. Mary's Food Bank

Three-day Radio-thon Runs From April 6-8 All Over The Valley With Goal Of Spreading the Word About Dire Hunger Issues Now Affecting Arizona

Phoenix – Fast-becoming an early-April Arizona tradition, KSLX (100.7 FM)’s morning man Mark Mayfield is getting ready to get back into his Sleep America bed for the fifth annual “Get in Bed with Mark” food drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

One of the Valley’s most popular morning personalities, Mayfield will begin his three-day live marathon at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at Sleep America’s Glendale location at the Lane Home Furnishings Center (7291 W. Bell Road, Ste. 101A). He will literally hop into a Sleep America bed aboard a flat-bed truck and collect both non-perishable food items and cash donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – all while interviewing local celebrities, holding challenges, and talking about the need in Arizona.

At the end of the drive, Mayfield will raffle off the queen size Kingsdown bed, provided by Sleeping America, which will have served as his home for the three-day radiothon. And this year, Sleep America will introduce a new and exciting event for the last day. On April 8th, the Paradise Valley location will host “The Great Bed Race for Charity.” Five-member teams can still sign up for their place in the field with a $100 donation to the Food Bank.

“Get in Bed with Mark” collected more than 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food items and more than $14,000 in cash last year – providing more than 116,000 meals for St. Mary’s Food Bank to distribute to the hungry of Arizona. KSLX, Sleep America and St. Mary’s are all hoping to duplicate the success of last year’s event.

Mayfield and his Sleep America bed will leave the Glendale location at 10pm on the 6th, and from 6am – 10pm on Thursday, April 7, he will be at Tempe Marketplace (2010 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Ste. 115) giving the East Valley listeners a chance to participate. The drive will finish off at the Paradise Valley Mall (4320 E. Cactus Road, Ste. A1) from 6am – 6 p.m. on Friday, April 8, with the Great Bed Race capping almost 50 hours live on the air.

For more information on the “Get in Bed with Mark” food drive or The Great Bed Race, visit www.kslx.com or www.sleepamerica.com.

Hotline connects Arizonans to food bank resources

Many Arizona families are struggling with unemployment, new found poverty and an uncertain economy.

Those families may need to turn to food banks for help, but if they have never used their services they may not know where to turn.

That’s why the Association of Arizona Food Banks has set up a hotline to help connect people with a food bank near their home.

The Association is a private, non-profit organization serving five regional food banks — Community Food Bank, Desert Mission Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, United Food Bank, Yuma Community Food Bank — and a network of 1,700 food pantries and agencies.

It is critical that individuals and families have a way to connect with food bank resources and help is just a phone call away.

The hotline number is 1-800-445-1914 or visit the Association of Arizona Food Banks for more information.