Cleveland Indians Pitcher Vinnie Pestano Helps Hungry at Knight Center

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank Vinnie Pestano and Ryan Lantz of the Cleveland Indians for donating their time to help the hungry of Arizona this week at our Knight Services Center.

Pestano, who made his major league debut in September and is now a resident of Goodyear, spent more than three hours carrying emergency food boxes, signing autographs and posed for pictures, with volunteers, donors and staff. Vinnie said he had a great time and he’ll be back – hopefully with a few teammates to help out.

Thank you very much for your time Ryan and good luck next season Vinnie. Go Tribe!

A Night at the Ballpark

Brought to you by: Cynde C.

Standing by home plate at Chase Field on Monday night, I was in awe at how big a baseball field really is. It looks large from the stands, but from the field, it is massive. Then, I was in wonder and awe at the two organizations that had our President and CEO Terry Shannon and I down on that field.

Gila River Casinos is an amazing partner that has helped the Food Bank grow its summer campaign to immense proportions. Our food drives doubled this year because of the message Send Hunger Packing enabled Food Bank staff to deliver to the public. I will give you our summer-by-the-numbers, and the numbers are wonderful, but please realize, it wasn’t nearly enough. We are still going into the holidays with some catching up to do.

Here are the numbers from May 15 – August 31, Send Hunger Packing:
$1.6 million
363 food drives collecting 481,381 pounds of food
97,877 hours from our volunteers

Imagine if we didn’t have Gila River to support us? Imagine if we didn’t have fantastic partners like the Diamondbacks or SRP putting in additional support? And, imagine if we didn’t have outstanding businesses and individuals rising to the Food Bank’s challenge of feeding more people in need over the summer? We wouldn’t be able to do any of it.

Thank you to everyone who sent hunger packing. And, thank you, D-Backs for hosting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance last night. All of you have made more people aware of the hunger issue in Arizona.