We’d like to give a sincere thank you to our friends at Castles N Coasters who hosted a food drive for St. Mary’s this past Saturday, September 25th.. Castles N Coasters gave FREE admission to anyone who came and donated 10 cans of food to St. Mary’s. It was a HUGE success!
- More than 4,000 people donated food
- We filled 2 ½ short tractor trailers
- A total of 38,833 pounds of food was collected!
That makes this food drive the largest one day corporate collection event in the past 10 years. Wow! This is the second year in a row Castles N Coasters has offered this special on a day during Hunger Action Month to support St. Mary’s. Last year, around 14,000 pounds were collected – we more than doubled that this year thanks to all of the generous donors that came through.
Thanks again to all involved. More than 38,000 meals will be provided to hungry families across the state because of this food drive!
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.
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.
Having already proclaimed September as Hunger Action Month in the city of Phoenix on behalf of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, Mayor Greg Stanton is taking a step further to draw attention to the plight of the hungry in Arizona.
Beginning this Saturday, Sept. 15, Mayor Stanton will personally experience the challenges of the one in five Arizonans struggling with hunger by pledging to live within the constraints of a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) budget for a week. A weekly SNAP budget for a family of four is $97 and is $29 per month for one person.
That means Mayor Stanton will have an average of $4.16 to spend on food during the seven days he will live on the budget.
“This exercise is a great awareness tool to help us all understand how difficult it is for struggling families to get by during tough times, even with help,” said Stanton. “The real challenge is creating healthy, balanced meals on such a tight budget, especially for growing children. Rising out of the recession takes all of us together as a city working toward a strong economic future for everyone.”
Stanton is joining with the Arizona Community Action Association and United Way for this SNAP Experience. St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to applaud the mayor for his decision to “walk the talk” and thank him for drawing attention to the issues of the 1 in 4 children, 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 7 seniors who are food insecure in Arizona.
Week One of Hunger Action Month has events going on throughout the valley. There are plenty of ways to get involved!
Sept 1 to Nov 15 – Mattress Firm is hosting their 2nd Annual Food Drive at 36 valley locations from Sept. 1 to Nov. 15. Bring in ten cans of non-perishable food and receive up to $80 worth of extra services and products. That could include deliveries, a bed frame or a mattress protector.
Sept 2 – The 40-story Chase Tower in downtown Phoenix will glow bright orange all month in honor of Hunger Awareness. Orange is the official hunger awareness color so join Chase by wearing orange this month!
Sept 5 – Tonto National Forest Rangers will be wrapping up their Feds Feed Families food drive and will deliver their food on Sept. 5 by fire truck to St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Sept 6 – Country band Eden’s Edge will be presenting a check for 5000 meals at Safeway on Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. Following the presentation, they will be performing with Rascal Flats at Ashley Furniture Pavilion.
Sept 1 to 28 – Right Toyota will be hosting a food drive at their Scottsdale location all month. Drop by to donate!