Goettl Donated 400 Turkeys to Super Saturday Turkey Drive Efforts

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank Goettl Air Conditioning for its generous donation of 400 turkeys to St. Mary’s Annual Super Saturday Turkey drive. It was quite a site at Tempe Marketplace when a caravan of Goettl trucks rolled up to our Harkins theatre drop-off location and an army of Goettl employees were on hand to unload the birds into the St. Mary’s bins.

The Food Bank distributed more than 16,000 turkeys to Arizona’s hungry in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, 7,000 of them during our huge one-day distribution at the Arizona State Fair. It was only due to the generosity of Arizona – and companies like Goettl, that we were able to feed more than 100,000 people through the holiday food boxes.

Thank you Goettl!

So what is this food banking thing?

Brought to you by: ~Melody~

Before I started working in the Community Relations department at the Food Bank, I had no idea what the organization was about.  I incorrectly assumed the Food Bank was similar to a soup kitchen, where the homeless population of Phoenix could come get a meal.

I couldn’t have been more mistaken about the scope of the Food Bank’s operations.

Based on the idea of a “bank,” companies and organizations with the resources can make “deposits” of food and funds.  The Food Bank’s partner agencies (including soup kitchens, after-school programs, domestic violence shelters, and more) can make “withdrawals” for their clients.  This way partner agencies can focus their resources on other areas to better serve their clients.

In its first year, the Food Bank distributed 250,000 pounds of food to 36 local agencies.  Last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed more than 51.5 million pounds of food.  Today, the Food Bank serves the needs of 530 agencies at 700 sites in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties.