Eagle Scout Tanner Jensen Collects More Than 7,000 Bottles of Water for St. Mary’s Food Bank as Summer Heat Arrives

Forget what it says on the calendar. Just look at the thermometer and you know that summer has arrived in Arizona.

Water is a very precious commodity in our state and even more so to those who don’t have access to water – the homeless and those who have had to do without utilities in their homes.

Eagle Scout Troop 694 member and Willow Canyon High School student Tanner Jensen recognized a need in the community and dedicated his scout project to collecting as much water as he could for the homeless and others in his neighborhood. Tanner asked for donations from family, friends, fellow church members and local Food Bank friends like Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, Fry’s, Safeway, and Albertsons, they all made significant donations to the cause.

On May 23, Tanner arrived at the St. Mary’s Food Bank warehouse in Surprise location with his donation. Nearly 300 cases of bottled water – more than 7,000 bottles in all. This is a fabulous donation and will give St. Mary’s a great head start on our goal of making sure that those in need in our community stay hydrated during this long hot summer.

Thank you, Tanner. And thank you to Tanner’s family, friends, members of his congregation and all the local businesses that supported this impressive effort!

Smart Shopping for Donations to the 100-Ton Food Drive

ABC15’s Story and Video Here

There is still plenty of time to make your donation to the Fry’s 100-Ton Food Drive, which runs through Feb. 29. Fry’s is getting closer and closer to its ambitious goal of raising 100 tons of food for Arizona food Banks in ONE month!

Here is a great video from ABC 15 Smart Shopper Daphine Munro, who offers some great tips on how to make sure your donation includes the right items and some great ways to save so you can get the most for your dollar.

Channel 3 and Ice Cream — on a Sunday Morning?

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On July 13 I spent four hours on a Sunday morning at Gelato Matto, 59th Avenue and the 101, talking about the Food Bank, its need, food drives, and trying the most delicious gelato I have ever had.

Elena Gonnella opened up her lovely gelato shop to Channel 3, sharing with them all of her tasty treats, including Gelato Spaghetti, and invited the Food Bank to join in the fun.  For two weeks, Gelato Matto was holding a food drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and to encourage participants, she was offering an incentive this Sunday to anyone who donated canned food.  Who can turn down gelato when the temperature is over 100 degrees?

Not only did the TV hit get some attention on Sunday, but I got a call from Elena on the following Tuesday, letting me know that people were bringing donations by the trunk-full or the cart-full (there is a Fry’s nearby) and that her food drive boxes were overflowing.

Thank you, Elena and Gelato Matto, for a wonderful morning.  Your support of the Food Bank is tremendous.