Fry’s Food Stores continues its generous support of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – and the effort to Send Childhood Hunger Packing this summer – by donating a truckload of food containing more than 31,000 pounds of Kellogg’s products to the Del E. Webb Distribution Center on June 4.
Volunteers from Fry’s Food Store unload a truck packed with nutritious and much-needed food valued at more than $100,000, donated as part of Fry’s Food Stores and Kroger’s national “Bringing Hope to the Table” campaign. Since 2006, the program has generated more than $18 million in funds and $7 million in food donations to food banks across the country.
“Through our annual Bringing Hope to the Table campaign, Fry’s is thrilled to donate a semi-truck load of nutritious Kellogg products to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance,” said Jon Flora, President of Fry’s Food Stores. “We pride ourselves in bringing hope to the table of our hungry neighbors, not only through this donation but through cash contributions from our company, daily food rescue program donations, food drives and coin canisters, which provided more than eight million meals in Arizona last year.”
Just in 2012 alone, Fry’s Food Stores is making its third major donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. In February, Fry’s and its generous customers raised 695 tons of food for Arizonans in need to coincide with the state’s Centennial birthday celebration. A month later, Fry’s secured a $25,000 grant through Kraft Foods’ “Huddle for Hunger” program to help St. Mary’s and its agencies expand services to those in need in northern Arizona.
“We are so grateful to Fry’s Food Stores and Kroger for their continued and support of food banks across the country and in particular the battle against hunger here in Arizona,” said Beverly Damore, new President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. “Truly one of St. Mary’s ‘Hunger Heroes,’ the combined donations of time, money and food by Fry’s and its employees highlight a commitment to the community, and how important they see our mission of feeding those in need to be.”
One month after raising nearly 700 tons of food to benefit Arizona food banks, Fry’s Food Stores continued its strong commitment to fighting hunger statewide by securing a $25,000 grant through Kraft Foods’ “Huddle for Hunger” program to help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and its agencies expand services in northern Arizona.
Fry’s Food Stores Director of Public Relations and Community Relations JoEllen Lynn and Kraft Customer Retail Manager Sarah Johnson presented the $25,000 grant to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Chief Operations Officer Beverly Damore on March 28 at the Fry’s store in Flagstaff.
Reaching the outlying areas of St. Mary’s huge service area (two-thirds of Arizona’s 15 counties) has always been a challenge, especially the expansive Indian reservations where many families struggling with food insecurity. This grant will help establish more permanent refrigerated storage on the Navajo Indian Reservation to give those in that area and dealing with hunger more frequent access to perishable items including meat, produce and dairy products.
On behalf of Arizona’s hungry, St. Mary’s would like to thank Fry’s Food Stores and Kraft Foods for their incredible efforts to help our efforts in Northern Arizona.
In one of Arizona’s most successful food drives in history, Fry’s Food Stores and ABC 15 teamed during the month of February to raise 695 tons of food for the state’s hungry to honor the state’s Centennial.
That means the food and cash donation equivalent of 1,390,000 pounds of will benefit food banks in Phoenix, Mesa, Tucson and Yuma at a time when holiday donations have run low and the long, hot summer beckons in Phoenix. One in five Arizonans and one in four children suffer from food insecurity in our state and this donation comes at a great time to keep the shelves stocked for many in need.
Fry’s and ABC 15 have been consistent partners in the battle against hunger but this most recent effort tops them all. From the donations to the media exposure food banks have received over the month-long drive – including a Feb. 21 phone bank that raised more than $5,000 in four hours – these two organizations truly embody the spirit of “Hunger Heroes” in our community.
“What an amazing 30 days. What an amazing drive. On behalf of those in need, thank you to Fry’s, to ABC 15 and to everyone who made a donation to better their community,” said Terry Shannon, President and CEO of St Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.
To Fry’s Food Stores President Jon Flora, ABC 15 Vice President and General Manager Anita Helt and all those at Fry’s and ABC 15 who worked so hard over the last month to make his drive an overwhelming success, Arizona food banks can’t thank you enough. And to everyone who dropped a can of food into the a box or donated a dollar at the register in February, your generosity has touched us all and helped so many in need.
Thank you Arizona … and a very Happy 100th Birthday!
VIDEO HERE: ABC 15 Sonoran Living Cook-Off
With the Fry’s 100-Ton Food Drive now down to the final few days, our incredible Valley media partner, ABC 15, featured a cook-off between Fry’s President Jon Flora and “Sonoran Living” co-host Stephanie Sandoval. Using the ingredients commonly found in an emergency food box distributed to those in need each day by St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and United Food Bank, the contestants whipped up delicious dishes that faced the judging pallets of Beverly Damore (Chief Operating Officer, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance) and Bob Evans (CEO United Food Bank).
The winner was…the hungry of Arizona, who will receive the benefit of this incredible month-long drive. And how much was raised? Was the 100-Ton goal reached? Stay tuned for the answers later in the week!
The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that the team is partnering with Fry’s Food Stores and ABC15 on the “100-Ton Food Drive”. The statewide food drive hopes to raise 100 tons of non-perishable food during the month of February in honor of Arizona’s Centennial. All food donations will go to agencies like the United Food Bank and St. Mary’s Food Bank.
“We are proud to partner with Fry’s Food Stores and ABC15 on the 100-Ton Food Drive,” said Coyotes President and COO Mike Nealy. “We hope our fans will support this great initiative to help those less fortunate in our state.”
Fans interested in donating to the 100-Ton Food Drive can drop off a can of non-perishable food at the collection bins located outside of gate four (4) at Jobing.com Arena at Coyotes games on Tuesday, February 21 (L.A. Kings) and Tuesday, February 28 (Vancouver Canucks). St. Mary’s Food Bank will be staffing the collection bins on both those dates.
“Fry’s invites the community to join us in this ambitious drive,” says Fry’s Food Stores President Jon Flora. “Our customers and Coyotes fans can make a difference by donating nonperishable foods at the upcoming games or cash at any Fry’s cash register. We need to address this issue now because one in four Arizona children are going to bed hungry each night.”
Fans that donate food items at the game will receive a voucher that can be redeemed for $10.00 off any price level ticket for the Coyotes game versus Los Angeles on February 21. There is a limit of one voucher per person and the voucher is only good for the Coyotes game that night.
For more information on Coyotes tickets, please visit PhoenixCoyotes.com or call 480-563-PUCK.
Fry’s Food Stores across Arizona report a great response the first week of the 100-Ton Food Drive, but we need your help over the final two weeks to help reach the goal of collecting 100 TONS (that’s 200,000 pounds) of food for the one in five Arizonans who need help putting food on the table for their families.
On Valentine’s Day, St. Mary’s Food Bank will host the ‘100-Ton Tuesday” activities at the Fry’s Food Store at Dobson and Ray Road all day until 6 p.m. Come by and enter raffles to win a wide-screen TV from ABC 15, and make a donation while you are picking up that gift for your special someone at the Fry’s Valentine’s headquarters tent in the parking lot. What better way to top off a day of giving then to donate 10 pounds of food to Arizona food banks for a one-dollar donation?
ABC 15 will be broadcasting live from 5-7 a.m. on Tuesday morning and from 3 to 6 p.m. in the afternoon. So come on out, take advantage of the great specials at Fry’s and save a can or two – or dollar or two –for those who really need it. If we all pull together, that 100-Ton number will pile up before leap day on Feb. 29.
ABC 15’s “Sonoran Living Live” host Stephanie Sandoval visited St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s Knight Services Transportation Client Services Center on Feb. 7. She was here to talk about both the 45th Anniversary of the World’s First Food Bank and the 100-Ton Food Drive Fry’s Food Stores and ABC 15 are sponsoring to fill the shelves of Arizona food banks to help celebrate Arizona’s 100th anniversary.
Sandoval talked with St. Mary’s Chief Operating Officer Beverly Damore about how the hunger problem in Arizona and how important the 100-Ton Food drive is to Food Banks across the state. St. Mary’s Board of Directors member and Fry’s Zone 1 Operations Supervisor Nicki Schillhahn-Amos also talked about how all Fry’s shoppers have a chance to take part with donations of food or fund all during the month of February.
Check out the story on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, during “Sonoran Living Live” on ABC 15 beginning at 9 a.m.
Fry’s Food Stores across Arizona report a great response the first week of the 100-Ton Food Drive, but we need your help over the next three weeks to help reach the goal of collecting 100 TONS (that’s 200,000 pounds) of food for the one in five Arizonans who need help putting food on the table for their families.
Today St. Mary’s Food Bank will host the ‘100-Ton Tuesday” activities at the Fry’s Food Store at 7th Avenue and Camelback all day until 6 p.m. Come by and enter raffles to win a wide-screen TV from ABC 15, spring training tickets to a Colorado Rockies game or one of several Valentine’s Day gift bags donated by Robin, the great Fry’s store manager. You can also pick up a nice cup of Tully’s coffee and a doughnut or cookies for just one dollar, with all the money donated to help the Food Banks.
ABC 15 will be broadcasting live from 3 to 6 p.m. this afternoon. So come on out, take advantage of the great specials at Fry’s and save a can or two – or dollar or two –for those who really need it. If we all pull together, that 100-Ton number will pile up before leap day on Feb. 29.
Fry’s Special Holiday Donation Video
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance had some very special visitors on Monday – Fry’s Food Stores President Jon Flora and more than two dozen volunteers from Fry’s who helped pack emergency food boxes and carry them out to the cars for hundreds of families at our Knight Client Service Center.
Those volunteers also joined Mr. Flora in a special presentation to St. Mary’s President and CEO Terry Shannon – a donation of $50,000 and an additional $25,000 worth of much-needed food items for the 1.4 million Arizonans and one in four children who are requesting assistance this holiday season. All told, that’s enough to allow St. Mary’s to distribute more than a half million meals to Arizona’s hungry.
It was just the latest in a consistent, strong show of support from Fry’s – which has now donated enough food and funds for more than 900,000 meals this year – not to mention two million-plus pounds of product donated daily through the Food Rescue Program.
Fry’s volunteers also handed out gift cards to 20 families receiving assistance on Monday, just make the holidays a little brighter. It was incredible to have so many Santa-capped, smiling faces add a special energy to the Food Bank. Special thanks to Mr. Flora, public relations leaders Joellen Lynn and Pam Giannonatti and Zone 1 Operations Supervisor and St. Mary’s Board of Directors member Nicki Schillhahn-Amos for all their assistance – not just today, but every day – to the World’s First Food Bank.