Freeport McMoRan Volunteers Help St. Mary’s Food Bank by Packing Emergency Food Boxes for Arizonans in Need

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank the employees from Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold for volunteering their time Friday afternoon at the Dell Webb Distribution Center. With smiling faces and a great energy, the volunteers packed more than 400 emergency food boxes that will soon be distributed to the hungry of Arizona through our Knight Client Services Center.

Freeport McMoRan has been and remains a strong supporter of St. Mary’s mission. This summer, the employees held a food drive competition between floors and collected more than 3,000 pounds of some of St. Mary’s most needed non-perishable food items (canned meals, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables.)

It’s a great combination: The world’s largest publicly traded copper company – and the world’s first food bank! Thank you very much, Freeport McMoRan and we hope to see you in the house again soon!


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.

This is one unique love story.

Brought to you by: ~Melody~

Sue Kaplan, Executive Assistant to the Food Bank’s President and CEO, and Don Anderson, the Food Bank’s Facilities Manager, share a love for the Food Bank’s mission that’s obvious to everyone they come in contact with.

These two lovebirds met while working at the Food Bank and recently got hitched at our 31st Avenue location.  Rather than register for presents, the two asked their wedding guests to volunteer their time by packing Emergency Food Boxes.

KPHO CBS 5 featured them in a clip.  Check out Love, Romance Prevail in Food Bank Wedding.

I promise you’ll fall in love with Sue and Don.