As the holidays approach, producers from the Katie show are giving the Valley of the Sun an extra way to give back to the community. Join Katie Couric in the Katie Challenge for Change and take part in the very first challenge on Thursday, Nov. 7 to fill up the shelves of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in preparation for the busy holiday season.
Producers from Katie will be at the food bank on Thursday and two other locations in the Valley to encourage everyone to donate non-perishable food items to the St. Mary’s. Let’s make sure that all Arizonans have a happy, healthy holiday season!
Donations can be dropped off at 2831 N. 31st Avenue in Phoenix from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also donate funds online here. For every $1 donated, St. Mary’s Food Bank can provide seven meals into the community.
Stop by our Phoenix campus before 4 p.m. on Nov. 7 and be a part of an extra surprise!
Donations will also be collected at two Tempe locations on Nov. 7:
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
301 East Orange Mall
Fry’s Food Store
1 to 2 p.m.
5100 South McClintock Drive
St. Mary’s Food Bank employees in Surprise was VERY happy to see the bus from Happy Valley Elementary School pull up in its parking lot on Tuesday morning. Every year, the students from Happy Valley conduct a huge food drive and then bring what they have collected to the food bank – forming a huge human chain to fill bin after bin with canned food items.
This year, the second graders (Mrs. Johnson) and sixth graders (Ms. Campaigne) delivered more than 3,200 pounds of food to help feed the hungry of Arizona this holiday season. This is the second straight year they school has topped the 3,200-pound mark, and the Patriots appeared to have a lot of fun making the donation.
Thank you Happy Valley Elementary School, for making Thanksgiving better for so many. And have a Happy Thanksgiving yourselves!
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance always looks forward to our annual call from All Saints Episcopal Church and Day School, and from this year’s photo, you can certainly tell why!
All Saints holds a St. Mary’s food drive to benefit the hungry of Arizona each year, and once again their congregation, parents and students put forth a great effort. The final total was more than 20,500 pounds of food – including many 50-pound bags of rice that our 500 partner agencies around the Valley and state will certainly put to good use. With more than $500 in cash donations included, this drive will allow the food bank to distribute more than 24,000 meals into the community.
This is a huge undertaking but a labor of love for the members of the church, who have donated more than 43,000 pounds in just the last two years alone.
Especially this year, with donations lagging and with so many people – including one in four of Arizona’s children – in need, this overwhelming donation is sincerely appreciated. Thank you All Saint Episcopal Church and Day School for your generosity, compassion and concern for those in your community who need help right now.