11th Annual Super Saturday Turkey Drive

Phoenix – The 100-degree temperatures are finally in Arizona’s rear-view mirror. This means it’s almost Turkey Time – and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s Super Saturday is just around the corner!

 St. Mary’s will hold its 11th annual Super Saturday Turkey Drive, presented by Mobile Mini, on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Food Bank locations in Phoenix and Surprise as well as 28 Albertsons and Safeway locations around the Valley striving to meet the anticipated need for the 2017 holiday season.

The Food Bank distributed more than 12,000 Holiday Food Boxes in the three days leading up to Thanksgiving in 2016. Each year, hopes are that each will contain a turkey and other assorted holiday dinner items giving Arizona families the chance to enjoy the comforting tradition of a holiday meal.

In addition to helping reach the goal of 7,000 donated turkeys, St. Mary’s Food Bank staff and scores of volunteers will gladly accept any monetary or food donations (both perishable and non-perishable) on Super Saturday. All donors are invited to register for a chance to win a $500 Gift Card for Travel donated by American Airlines.

“As the CEO of one of Arizona’s largest publicly traded companies, I am proud to serve on the board of St. Mary’s Food Bank and roll up my sleeves on Super Saturday alongside hundreds of volunteers,” Mobile Mini President and CEO Erik Olsson said. “I will be joined by Mobile Mini employees and their families in helping combat hunger this holiday season.”

Look for the giant inflatable turkey and smiling St. Mary’s volunteers ready for your visit at the following 30 Super Saturday locations around the Valley:

St. Mary’s Food Bank Locations:

2831 N 31st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009
13050 W Elm St, Surprise AZ 85378

Albertson’s Locations:

5040 W Cactus Rd, Glendale AZ 85304
8035 N 19th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021
2785 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85257
6965 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85250
10665 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028
8950 W Bell Rd, Peoria AZ 85382
18411 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix AZ 85032
8240 W Deer Valley Rd, Peoria, AZ 85382
3130 W Carefree Hwy, Phoenix AZ 85086
21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix AZ 85050

Safeway Locations:

520 W Osborn Rd, Phoenix AZ 85013
10926 W Bell Rd, Sun City AZ 85373
340 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix AZ 85003
4747 E Elliot Rd, Phoenix AZ 85044
5860 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale AZ 85306
1500 E Cedar Ave, Flagstaff AZ 86001
6501 E Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale AZ 85254
10773 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85254
13733 Fountain Hills Blvd, Fountain Hills AZ 85268
23565 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85255
20901 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85255
4005 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix AZ 85044
13440 N 7th St, Phoenix AZ 85022
3132 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix AZ 85016
13503 Camino del Sol, Sun City West AZ 85375
4750 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix AZ 85018
550 E Bell Rd, Phoenix AZ 85022
5035 W Baseline Rd, Laveen AZ 85339

Join Katie Couric and help fill the shelves of St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance on Nov. 7

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:

ASU Campus
Memorial Union

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
301 East Orange Mall
Tempe

Fry’s Food Store
1 to 2 p.m.
5100 South McClintock Drive
Tempe

 

Happy Valley Elementary School Again Comes Through for Arizona's Hungry!

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!

All Saints Episcopal Church and Day School Collects More Than 24,000 Meals during Annual Holiday Food and Funds Drive

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.