Morgan Stanley Grant to Expand Program Delivering Nutritious Meals to AZ Children & Families

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance recently received a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its BackPack Program, which helps to ensure students continue to receive nutritious food during school breaks.

The grant is part of the Morgan Stanley Foundation’s recently announced $8 million, four-year pledge to support Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks, and its children’s hunger and produce programs. Since the firm’s partnership with Feeding America launched in 2009, the Foundation has given over $21 million, including $60,000 to St. Mary’s.

“We are thrilled to receive this important grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation in support of our efforts to deliver more nutritious meals to children and families in Phoenix,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO Tom Kertis.  “Morgan Stanley and its employees provide vital support for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance by generous contributions like this and many hours volunteering.”

St. Mary’s BackPack Program puts nutritious food directly into the hands of children at risk of hunger by filling backpacks with staples like peanut butter, milk, cereal, bread and canned goods.  With this program, children who are eligible to receive reduced-price or free lunch at school can get the nutrition they need, even when they are not in school over weekends or long breaks.

“We are honored to be able to help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in its important fight against child hunger,” said Morgan Stanley Complex Manager Rob Gaines. “Our employees volunteer regularly with St. Mary’s so we are delighted to extend our support through this grant and provide even more children with the foods they need to learn, grow and thrive.”

The Abbott Fund Awards Grant To St. Mary’s Backpack Program

 

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank The Abbott Fund for awarding a $10,000 grant to our new Backpack program designed to reach the one in four Arizona children who are part of families who suffer from food insecurity.

The backpack program provides non-perishable, easy to prepare, child-friendly food items that children suffering from chronic hunger can take home and eat on the weekends when school breakfast and lunch programs are not open and other resources are not available.

The Abbott Fund was established by Abbott, a global health care company, in 1951, as a philanthropic foundation based in Illinois, United States. The Abbott Fund’s vision is to create healthier communities worldwide. The Abbott Fund invests in ideas that promote science and medical innovation, expand access to health care and strengthen communities around the globe. In partnership with others, The Abbott Fund strives to make a lasting impact on people’s lives and encourage others to take positive action.

“Thank you to The Abbott Fund, not only for helping the world’s first food bank reach more children in our community but for all its many good works around the globe,” St. Mary’s President and CEO Terry Shannon said. “For many children in Arizona, the reality is nutritious food, or any food at all, is in short supply when they are at home. This backpack program attempts to reach as many of those children as possible and it is through partners like The Abbott Fund that ensure that we are able to continue with an eye toward expansion.”