Bring Three Non-Perishable Food Items to Oasis Fitness Studio For a FREE Zumba class!

You’ve been wanting to follow through on that New Year’s resolution, so here’s a chance to help the hungry of Arizona as well. From now through Jan. 15, anyone who brings three non-perishable food items to Oasis Fitness Studio (17045 N. 59th Avenue) will receive a FREE Zumba class from an Oasis instructor!

This is a great time to turn in that pasta, peanut butter and soup and help the one in four Arizona children struggling with hunger – and help yourself to a healthier 2012. Call Rania at (623) 266-0162 for more information.

Servpro Donates 2,100 lbs of Thanksgiving Turkeys and Sides to Kick Off Super Saturday Festivities

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank Jeff Ottaway and his crew at Servpro for their great kickoff donation of meals consisting of turkeys, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, rolls and deserts that will feed hundreds of Arizona’s hungry during this holiday season.

Servpro managers from around the Valley were on hand on Nov. 17 to form a human chain to unload the more than 2,000 pounds of food and present it to the Food Bank. A great time was had by all and Mr. Ottaway tells us he’ll be back next year with even more.

On behalf of the hungry of Arizona, a big thank you to Servpro for their great donation and commitment to their community.

St. Mary's Sends More Than 600 Emergency Food Boxes and 500 Emergency Baby Boxes to Tornado Victims in Alabama

Responding to the needs of the victims of the tornadoes that have stuck Alabama and many other southeastern states, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance will be sending a truckload of more than 600 emergency food boxes and 500 emergency baby boxes to Alabama on Monday, May 2.

The food boxes will sent to the West Alabama Food Bank in Northport, AL and  distributed to those who have been left homeless by last week’s devastating events. The 22 pallets of Food Boxes have more than 40,000 pounds of food and include canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, rice, beans and pastas and sauce.

More than 200 tornadoes touched down in seven southern states from April 25-28, killing more than 300 and leaving thousands homeless. St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and other food banks in the Feeding America network have already responded or stand ready to help Food Banks in the affected areas distributed food to those who need it in the quickest and most effective manner possible.

“As the largest food bank in the country, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance stands ready to aid in all emergency situations and help ease the suffering of those affected by these horrific storms,” St. Mary’s President and CEO Terry Shannon said. “This truckload of emergency food boxes is needed in areas where basic services and access to food will be disrupted for quite some time.”

This shipment to Alabama – and future shipments if needed –  will leave St. Mary’s short of many needed items for emergency food boxes here in our state. If you would like to help, please make a cash donation at or make a non-perishable food donation to any St. Mary’s Food Bank location (Flagstaff, Phoenix or Surprise) or at any Goodwill or U-Haul store.

Food Banks See Desperate Need for Water

This weekend, temperatures are supposed to hit 115 degrees — or even higher. When it’s that hot out, food banks are desperate for water.

St. Mary’s Food Bank is busy. Demand is up 127 percent, while donations are a different story.

“For the first time this year, donations have really slacked off. Because it’s summer people are out of town and even though the shelves look full, the one thing they really need right now is water,” says Jerry Brown, who works at St. Mary’s.

The water bottles they have right now have been purchased — meaning there’s less money to purchase food. That’s why they need your donations.

“We had a great month in June, we didn’t hear too much of a yell for water when temps were in the 90’s. All the sudden temps jump up to 110, 115 and the demand skyrockets.”