‘GO ORANGE’ DAY IS COMING THURSDAY, SEPT. 14!

‘GO ORANGE’ DAY IS COMING THURSDAY, SEPT. 14! 1

Phoenix – Thursday, Sept. 14 is “GO ORANGE DAY,’ where St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance encourages everyone to wear Orange – the color of hunger – and show their support for those in need.

More than one in five Arizonans struggle with hunger each day of the year. One in four children isn’t able to enjoy three meals a day. And each September, food banks across the country attempt to raise awareness and encourage activities designed to help those in need during Hunger Action Month.

Events planned for GO ORANGE DAY include:

***Arizona politicians and television personalities will be wearing GO ORANGE ties, scarves and other clothing to mark the day and will be sending out photos and tweeting their support of Hunger Action Month. We invite everyone to do the same and use the hash tag #GoOrange and tag us @StMarysFoodBank so we can post your unique support of this effort.

****Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed September 2017 as Hunger Action Month in the state of Arizona. The State Capitol Dome will glow orange on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14-15 to help raise awareness of hunger in Arizona.

***Arizona’s tallest building, the 483-foot Chase Tower in Phoenix, will glow orange – the color of hunger – on Thursday as a reminder of those who go to bed hungry each day. Chase employees will also hold a food drive during September.

*** ***How else can YOU help? It’s as simple as forgoing that designer coffee or brown-bagging your lunch and donating the savings to St. Mary’s at www.firstfoodbank.org. Every donation of five dollars will allow the food bank to distribute enough food for 35 meals into the community.

There are many other ways to help and many other companies, churches and groups who will hold events or volunteer their time during Hunger Action Month. Log on to www.firstfoodbank.org for a full calendar of St. Mary’s “30 Ways in 30 Days” activities. Pick out the ones that appeal to you – or better yet, come up with an idea to help and let us know what you’re up to on Facebook (www.facebook.com/firstfoodbank or Twitter (www.twitter.com/StMarysFoodBank ) so we can help spotlight your efforts!

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50th Anniversary Celebration & Hunger Action Month Presented by Arby’s

“Go Orange,” and take action in September with our 30 Ways in 30 Days to help those in need. Support the fight against hunger!

Phoenix – The World’s First Food Bank celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017-18 and St. Mary’s Food Bank will kick off its golden anniversary festivities by joining other food banks across America by raising awareness and encouraging the public to make a special effort to help those in need during Hunger Action Month.

One in five Arizonans struggle with hunger each day of the year. One in four Arizona children in our state aren’t able to enjoy three meals a day. But these numbers can change if you take action, support St. Mary’s and earn some great benefits for yourself in the process.

How can you help? St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s “30 Ways in 30 Days” Hunger Action Month calendar, presented by Arby’s, provides an action or activity for every day in September so all Arizonans can step forward and help those struggling with food insecurity.

It can be as simple as making a cup of coffee or a brown-bag lunch at home and donating what you would have spent that day to help the hungry – every dollar donated will allow St. Mary’s to distribute enough food for SEVEN meals. Or you can take advantage of many ways to donate time, food or funds alongside some of the many local businesses who will step up during Hunger Action Month.

Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed September as “Hunger Action Month” in Arizona.

Just some of the great events planned for the month include:

  • Donate $1 or more to St. Mary’s Food Bank at any Valley Arby’s location on Tuesday, Sept. 5 and you will receive a FREE Arby’s Classic Roast Beef sandwich on the spot!
  • Anyone who brings a donation of five (5) canned food items will receive FREE admission to Makutu’s Island (6919 West Ray Road in Chandler) all day on Friday Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Want an even better deal? Donate 10 cans and Makutu’s Island will present you with a complimentary FUNtastic Pass good for free admission for the rest of September!
  • To celebrate national “Go Orange Day” on Thursday Sept. 14, Arizona politicians and news personalities will mark the day by wearing orange ties, and other clothing items to raise awareness to the issue of hunger.
  • Oregano’s will hold its third annual “Carbs for a Cause” event from Sept. 18-22. Just order a pasta meal any day during the event and Oregano’s will donate THREE pasta meals to St. Mary’s on your behalf!
  • Volunteers from Arizona Ford Dealers will volunteer at St. Mary’s Knight Transportation Client Services Center on Wednesday Sept. 13 to assist clients with food boxes and donate 50,000 meals to the Food Bank.
  • You can enjoy a day of fun at Castles N’ Coasters on Saturday Sept. 23. A donation of 10 canned food items (excluding water and ramen noodles) will allow each person entrance into the park access to all the rides for just $10! That’s the lowest price all year, so get ready to take advantage. What a great way to help out!

There are many other ways to help and many other companies and groups who will hold events or volunteer their time during Hunger Action Month. Log on to stmarysfoodbank.org for a full calendar or click the calendar above of “30 Ways in 30 Days” activities. Click on each calendar square and read about that day’s event. Pick out the ones that appeal to you – or better yet, come up with an idea to help yourself and let us know what you’re up to on Facebook, Twitter  or Instagram so we can help spotlight your efforts!

50th Anniversary and Hunger Action Month

Celebrating 50 Years

The world’s first food bank is now the first food bank to turn 50 years old. St. Mary’s Food Bank will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, giving the public may ways to salute the guiding vision of founder John Van Hengel .

The fun begins in September with Hunger Action Month presented by Arby’s. It’s 30 ways in 30 days when you can help end hunger in Arizona though actions and donations of food, funds and time. Arby’s will join companies like U-Haul, the Arizona Ford Dealers, Charles Schwab, Oregano’s, the Phoenix Mercury, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Makutu’s Island and Castles & Coasters  in offering unique ways to spur public action. St. Mary’s will have an extend display of historical items and storytelling at the Arizona State Capitol Building in September and release a video chronicling its first 50 year and how Van Hengel’s vision of feeding Arizona and the world has blossomed.

Also in September, St. Mary’s will distribute its one BILLIONTH meal to the hungry of Arizona, signified by a special singular emergency food box packed by specially selected volunteers.

For more information on Hunger Action Month and how you can get involved, check out www.firstfoodbank.org/hungeractionmonth and the 30 ways in 30 days to fight hunger.

Castles N Coasters Food Drive a Huge Success!

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!

 

Help Cousins Subs fill St. Mary’s Food Bank during Hunger Action Month

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.

Whataburger and St. Mary’s Team Up to support Hunger Action Month

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.

 

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton Pledges to Live on a SNAP Food Budget for Week of Sept. 15-21

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.

 

Hunger Action Month kicks off at St. Mary’s Food Bank

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 15Mattress 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 5Tonto 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 7Mayor Greg Stanton will be proclaiming September ‘Hunger Action Month’ in the City of Phoenix.

 
Sept 1 to 28Right Toyota will be hosting a food drive at their Scottsdale location all month. Drop by to donate!

 

Sept 9 – Sunday, Sept. 9 is Grandparents Day! 1 in 7 seniors in Arizona are food insecure so donate to the food bank in your grandparent’s honor!