Summer Feeding program expands to bridge the gap

Each summer, donations to the food bank decrease while demand for services spikes upwards – with many children at home and no longer receiving the free or reduced-lunch meals offered at school. For many families, providing two additional meals at home is an overwhelming hardship.

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance seeks to bridge that gap for as many families as possible, providing meals each weekday and, at many locations on Saturdays as well.

Once again this summer St. Mary’s assumes sponsorship of the 2014 Summer Food Service Program for Children and will provide approximately 5,000 meals at a record 99 private and public sites around the Valley.

See list of locations

Tee Up for Kids Golf Tournament: March 28

At St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, our vision is that no child goes to bed hungry. Join us for the 13th Annual Tee Up for Kids Golf Tournament and help St. Mary’s accomplish this goal.

This year the golf tournament will be held again at The Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, with the shotgun start bumped forward to 8 a.m. Sign up a foursome ($1000) or as an individual ($275). Or get your organization more involved in the fight against childhood hunger by becoming a sponsor of the tournament.

We know that a child missing meals on a consistent basis is sick more often, has difficulty concentrating and performs significantly lower in school, has higher instances of aggressive and anxious behavior problems, and is more susceptible to lifelong health problems. In response to these needs, and with your support, St. Mary’s Food Bank operates programs that help fight child hunger:

  • We collaborate with schools, community center and other neighborhood groups to provide free, healthy meals in afterschool and summer programs.
  • We distribute more than 30,000 Emergency Food Boxes each month at no cost to families and individuals in need.
  • We operate a Mobile Pantry program at more than 40 locations in both rural and urban areas bringing truckloads of fruits, vegetables, and bread to entire neighborhoods in need.

Since its inception in 2001, our annual Golf Open has raised more than $650,000 to help fight child hunger in our State.  That support has helped us provide more than 4.5 Million meals to children struggling with hunger.  With your help, we can accomplish even more.

GolfTournament-RegButton For more details or questions, please contact Gina Irons at glirons@firstfoodbank.org.

End childhood hunger with 3TV, Bashas, Safeway and Food City

3TV is teaming with Food City, Bashas’ and Safeway for the first Childhood Hunger Campaign to help feed Arizona kids this September.

Starting September 4 through 30, customers at Safeway, Food City and Bashas’ will be able to make a monetary donation at the checkout register to help one of five Arizona charities that fight childhood hunger, including St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Help us feed the 1 in 4 children in Arizona who are food insecure.

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.”