Help the hungry of Arizona and enjoy free admission to the Arizona State Fair

Donation of 3 non-perishable food items to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance earns a free fair admission from noon—6 p.m. on “We Care Wednesday.’ All Rides just $2, Darius Rucker concert admission included until 6 p.m.

The Arizona State Fair will partner with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance for the fourth consecutive year as an appreciative recipient of their special “We Care Wednesdays” promotion to benefit non-profits in Arizona while offering special admission prices for fairgoers.

Here’s the deal: Anyone who brings a donation of three non-perishable food items (per person) to the fair on Wednesday, Oct. 15 receives FREE ADMISSION into the fair from noon to 6 p.m. The offer is good for an unlimited amount of people, but each person will need three items to receive the discount.

And the deals don’t stop there! All day Wednesday, all rides and games at the fair are discounted at just $2 each. And your free admission to the fair – provided you present your can donation PRIOR TO 6 p.m. – will also score at chance at free general admission seats to that night’s Darius Rucker concert (while seats last) at Veterans Memorial Coliseum (gates open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m.)

Just look for the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance volunteers stationed at each of the four main entrances to the fair and exchange your donation for a voucher that can be used at the ticket trailer. Over the last three years, St. Mary’s has collected more than 80,000 pounds of food that are placed immediately into emergency food boxes to help Arizonans in need.

So come on out on Oct. 15 and help yourself to a great deal while helping to feed Arizona’s hungry. St. Mary’s thanks the Arizona State Fair for this opportunity and encourages everyone to have fun at the fair!

Help Cousins Subs fill St. Mary’s Food Bank during Hunger Action Month

All five Cousins Subs restaurants in the Valley are giving their customers a chance to support St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and earn a delicious deal in support of Hunger Action Month during a special two-week long food drive from Sept. 7-20.

Just bring three non-perishable (canned) food items to any Cousins Subs location to benefit the World’s First Food Bank and you will receive a free 7 ½ inch sub (your choice) when you purchase a large drink and a side. It’s a great deal on a full lunch and allows you to fight hunger for others at the same time.

St. Mary’s is critically low on non-perishable and will use the donations to fill some of the 40,000 emergency food boxes it distributes each month to the hungry of our state. Here are the five participating Cousins Subs locations:

  • Tempe – 3118 South. Mill Avenue
  • Mesa – 1823 S. Greenfield Road
  • Phoenix – 4801 E. Washington Street
  • Scottsdale – 10240 N. 90th Street
  • Chandler – 2100 W. Chandler Boulevard

One in five Arizonans and one in four children do not have enough food on a regular basis and Cousins Subs is offering everyone a chance to make a difference and enjoy a great deal in the process.

Whataburger and St. Mary’s Team Up to support Hunger Action Month

18 Valley-Area Whataburger Restaurants to Host “Oh Whata Night” Fundraisers for St. Mary’s Food Bank

Valley Whataburger Restaurants will help kick Hunger Action Month into high gear on Tuesday, Sept. 2 by giving back to those in need with a special volunteer event and on Wednesday, Sept. 3 by donating a portion of sales from all of their 18 Valley locations to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

One in five Arizonans and one in four children suffer from hunger. Each year, September serves as Hunger Action Month, with food banks across the country seeking to raise awareness for the problem of rising food insecurity in the United States.

Tuesday, Sept. 2, Whataburger volunteers will take over the St. Mary’s Warehouse (2831 N. 31st Avenue) from 6 to 8 p.m., feeding the food bank volunteers before assisting in the building of emergency food boxes for those in need.

Wednesday, Sept. 3, Whataburger will give Valley residents their chance to take action and fight hunger with a special “Oh Whata Night” event. Whataburger customers can show their support for St. Mary’s Food Bank by enjoying their favorite menu items at any of the participating 18 Valley locations and a portion of Whataburger’s sales from 5 to 7 p.m. will be donated to the food bank.

“Hunger Action Month is an initiative very near and dear to our hearts,” said Whataburger Director of Operations Delson Montes. “St. Mary’s Food Bank does an incredible job and we want to help bring awareness to hunger in Arizona and how we can all work together to end it. As a business that serves food daily, we are committed to helping those who don’t have enough to eat and are honored to take part in the Hunger Action Month campaign this year.”

Additionally, copies of St. Mary’s Food Bank’s “30 Ways in 30 Days” Hunger Action Month Calendar will be available at all Whataburger locations, showing the opportunities available all month long to help fight hunger. That includes Monday, Sept. 29, when anyone who brings three canned food items to the St. Mary’s warehouses in Phoenix or Surprise will receive a voucher good for a free Whataburger.

 

Stop by to see the Canstructions until August 1

Competing teams of architectural, engineering and construction firms are showcasing their talents and feeding the hungry at Phoenix CANstruction® 2014.11 amazing structures were created entirely out of cans of non-perishable food on July 19 at the Phoenix Convention Center’s West Building (185 N. Second St). The display is open to the public for free until August 1.

Now in its eighth year, the Phoenix CANstruction competition benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and is hosted by The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Arizona chapter. The event has become one of the largest single-event donations for the Food Bank, with more than 50,000 cans used to construct incredibly imaginative designs this year.

During the exhibition, the public may cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award and donate canned food to St. Mary’s at food drive boxes positioned around the exhibits.

Awards are also presented for Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity and Jurors’ Favorite by a panel of judges. Winning teams will be publicly honored at an Awards & Networking Mixer on Thursday, July 24. Winners from local competitions around the nation will compete in the international Canstruction competition through photography submission.

Stop by to see them all!

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

Free 4th of July baseball game and fireworks with donation

Come celebrate the 4th of July with Surprise! Community and Recreation Services will be hosting a Rookie League Baseball game and will end the night with a fireworks display. Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Date: Friday, July 4
Time: Gates open at 4:30pm
Game starts at 5:30pm
Fireworks after the game
(Approximately 8:30pm)
Location: Surprise Stadium
15850 N. Bullard Ave.
Cost: Free Admission with a Canned Food Donation
More Info: Call 623.222.2000

Free admission to Hunger is No Joke at Tempe Improv this summer

Hunger is no laughing matter. But the world famous Tempe Improv and their nationally-known comics are teaming up to give everyone a great way to donate to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and enjoy a wonderful night of comedy during this summer’s special Hunger is No Joke! comedy series.

On Thursday, June 26, July 31 and Aug. 7, the first 100 people who donate five canned food items will receive free admission!  All shows are adult only (18 years or older).  Showtime is 8 p.m. and there is a two-drink minimum.  Here is your chance to get free admission and have some fun with a first-class comedy experience this summer.

Hunger is No Joke comedy lineup:

July 31: Hal Sparks, former host of E! Entertainment’s “Talk Soup.”

August 7: Brad Williams, from Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia.”

For more information on these great comics and the Hunger is No Joke series, check out www.tempeimprov.com. or call 480-921-9877.

 

 

 

 

Get free tickets to the AZ United Soccer Game with 5-can donation

It’s World Cup time and a great time to support our local soccer team, AZ United Soccer Club, while helping to feed children in need this summer.

Bring a five-can donation to the Saturday, June 21 game against LA Galaxy II at the Peoria Sports Complex (7:30 p.m. start), and St. Mary’s Food Bank will give you a coupon for a FREE Endline and Sideline Elevated ticket with the purchase of another. That’s a savings of $23 for a 5-can donation for the world’s first food bank.

If you’ve never been to an AZ United game, you will love the level of play and the comfortable seats at the Peoria Sports Complex. So come on out on June 21, cheer on AZ United and help those in need!

Arizona letter carriers come together to help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

The largest single-day food drive in the United States also happens to be one of the easiest to be a part of. All it takes is a quick trip to your mailbox.

On Saturday, May 10th, over 230,000 letter carriers nationwide, including over 5,000 here in the Valley will be picking up canned food donations on their regular mail routes during the 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive.

A drive that began right here in Phoenix in 1976 with letter carriers from NALC Branch 576 picking up food donations in their own pickup trucks has evolved into a national effort that has collected more than a billion pounds over the last two decades for Americans suffering from food insecurity. More than two million pounds was collected across Arizona in 2012.

Throughout the week leading up to the food drive, local letter carriers will be dropping off reminder post cards and special grocery bags to both city and rural residents’ mailboxes. The letter carriers encourage those who can help to fill the bags, or any other grocery bag, with nonperishable food items and leave them by their mailboxes on the morning of Saturday May 10th. Your letter carrier will do the rest, making sure the food gets to the one in five Arizonans – and one in four children – dealing with hunger issues in our state.

Dennis Kendrick from Cactus Station hands off to helper Karen LibertyArizona, and especially the Valley, is known for its intense summer heat. Food demand increases with children out of school, while donations dwindle with many residents escaping to cooler climates. With 28 percent of Arizona children living in poverty, and tough economic times challenging the community further, Arizona Food Banks rely on “Stamp Out Hunger” to provide that much-needed influx of food. St. Mary’s distributes more than 40,000 emergency food boxes each month, as well as providing food to the 300-plus agency partners it serves.

Items most needed by the food banks include canned fruit and vegetables, soups and meals in a can, pasta, peanut butter, tuna, rice and cereal.

For more information on this event visit www.helpstampouthunger.com.

Pay off your library fines with 'Food for Fines'

National Library Week 2014 is April 13 to April 19 and the Phoenix Public Libraries is celebrating by once again helping you get out of debt – at least when it comes to overdue books.

Yes, it’s the time of year you’ve been waiting for! Come into any of 13 Phoenix Public Library locations from April 12 to April 26 with canned or non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and the library will wipe out any outstanding fines.

During “Food for Fines,” you’ll receive a 50-cent credit per canned or non-perishable food toward your library fines. For the second straight year, Phoenix Public Libraries have decided to raise the maximum total of fines that can be paid with donated food from $50 to as much as $75! And also this year, “Food for Fines” will also apply not only to outstanding fines but to lost items or collections as well!

The program has collected a record 41,000 pounds of food for Arizona’s hungry last year – so we know you’ve been waiting for this chance to come correct with your favorite librarian! The library branches taking part in the “Food for Fines” program that benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance include:

Burton Barr Main Branch – 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix

Agave – 23550 North 36th Avenue, Phoenix

Cesar Chavez – 3635 West Baseline Road, Laveen

Century – 1750 East Highland Avenue, Phoenix

Cholla – 10050 Metro Parkway East, Phoenix

Desert Sage – 7602 West Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix

Harmon – 1325 South 5th Avenue, Phoenix

Ironwood – 4333 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ

Ocotillo – 102 West Southern Avenue, Phoenix AZ

Palo Verde – 4402 North 51st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Saguaro – 2808 North 46th Street, Phoenix, AZ

South Mountain – 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Yucca – 5648 North 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

For more information on “Food for Fines” or for a listing of the new Phoenix Library operating hours, log on to www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org.