Morgan Stanley Grant to Expand Program Delivering Nutritious Meals to AZ Children & Families

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance recently received a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its BackPack Program, which helps to ensure students continue to receive nutritious food during school breaks.

The grant is part of the Morgan Stanley Foundation’s recently announced $8 million, four-year pledge to support Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks, and its children’s hunger and produce programs. Since the firm’s partnership with Feeding America launched in 2009, the Foundation has given over $21 million, including $60,000 to St. Mary’s.

“We are thrilled to receive this important grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation in support of our efforts to deliver more nutritious meals to children and families in Phoenix,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO Tom Kertis.  “Morgan Stanley and its employees provide vital support for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance by generous contributions like this and many hours volunteering.”

St. Mary’s BackPack Program puts nutritious food directly into the hands of children at risk of hunger by filling backpacks with staples like peanut butter, milk, cereal, bread and canned goods.  With this program, children who are eligible to receive reduced-price or free lunch at school can get the nutrition they need, even when they are not in school over weekends or long breaks.

“We are honored to be able to help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in its important fight against child hunger,” said Morgan Stanley Complex Manager Rob Gaines. “Our employees volunteer regularly with St. Mary’s so we are delighted to extend our support through this grant and provide even more children with the foods they need to learn, grow and thrive.”

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!


Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Liberty Mutual Visit St. Mary’s

A big thanks on behalf of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance goes to Enterprise Rent-A-Car for donating an additional $5,000 through its national foundation on Aug. 10 to support people in need across Arizona.

The latest donation comes on the heels of a $2,500 donation from Enterprise’s Arizona foundation earlier this summer. And in the spring, Enterprise teams with friends from Liberty Mutual Insurance to raise $1,800 and nearly 3,300 pounds of food during a Casino Night that benefitted the food bank. Representatives from both Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Liberty Mutual were on hand for the check presentation and we’re proud to say both companies are true Hunger Heroes!

In all these donations of food and funds will allow St. Mary’s to distribute enough food to provide more than 68,000 meals for the hungry in our state. Thank you so much for this incredible donation!

APS Saves Trees and Feeds Arizona’s Hungry with Donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance has a special place in our heart for our “Hunger Heroes” – companies and organizations that donate food time and money to the mission of helping Arizona’s hungry.

And then there are committed companies like Arizona Public Service – that do all THREE in one day!

Before a group of APS volunteers headed into our Knight Client Services Center to help pack and distribute emergency food boxes on July 31, APS presented St. Mary’s President and CEO Beverly Damore with a check for $20,000 and 700 pounds of canned food collected during a company drive.

But how APS raised the donation money is a story in itself.  The company recently completed marketing campaign urged customers to sign up for online services at  such as registering their accounts online, opting for paperless billing and signing up for AutoPay. When customers signed up for these services, APS donated a dollar on their behalf.

It took just one month for APS to reach its $20,000 donation goal. In all, the marketing campaign, which ran from June through July 13, resulted in 5,045 new registrations, 12,388 new paperless enrollments and 3,345 new AutoPay enrollments.

“This promotion was a huge success,” said Donald Case, Web Manager. “We were able to increase the number of customers taking part in self-serve activities on, giving them all the convenience and benefits the site offers, while helping provide hundreds of thousands of meals for Arizonans in need.”

The donations of food and fund will allow St. Mary’s to distribute enough food to provide more than 140,000 meals to the community. And we really appreciate the APS employees who volunteered their time to help the nearly 1,000 families who came to the Knight Center for emergency food boxes today. APS has donated 400 volunteer hours to St. Mary’s in just the last few months!

On behalf of the hungry of Arizona … Thank you APS!

Scottsdale Insurance “Rally against Hunger” Drive Collects More Than 11,000 Pounds for St. Mary’s

During the summer months, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance leans on its “Hunger Heroes” to help the Food Bank get through the long hot summer with donations of food, time and funds during a time when all three are in short supply.

Scottsdale Insurance has been one of the guiding lights in the battle against hunger and in 2012 – the company’s 30th anniversary – President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Miller, Vice President of Claims and St. Mary’s Board of Directors Treasurer Susan Wain and their great crew of caring associates completed a trifecta of giving with incredible results.

After presenting St. Mary’s with a check for $55,000 in May, Scottsdale Insurance held a month-long “Rally for Hunger” Food Drive in July with the goal of collecting many of St. Mary’s most-needed, non-perishable food items. With a huge racetrack tote board in their lobby and every 40 items collected representing “a mile” on the road to victory, the goal of collecting “30 miles” of peanut butter, rice, cereals and bottled water was set.

Scottsdale Insurance employees not only reached the goal, they demolished it in less than three weeks. By the end of the month, 11,182 pounds of food and water filled the lobbies of their two office locations and was ready to be collected and placed in the more than 30,000 emergency food boxes St. Mary’s distributes each week.

All told, that means enough food and funds for St. Mary’s to distribute enough food for 396,182 meals to those in need. And Scottsdale Insurance employees, who will back up that donation with more than 1,000 hours of volunteer time this year, are frequent visitors to the St. Mary’s warehouse to donate their time and pack food boxes as well.

It’s an incredible outpouring of support and compassion, a commitment to the hungry of Arizona that makes Scottsdale Insurance a true Hunger Hero. To everyone who took part in this labor of love, a sincere and heartfelt thank you on behalf of the thousands who will benefit from this support.

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Donates More Than 46,000 Meals During June Food and Funds Drive

The Food Bank would like to thank all the employees and management of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold – one of St. Mary’s true “Hunger Heroes,” for their most recent donations of food, time and money during this summer.

The employees engaged in a friendly competition, pitting the different floors of the main office in downtown Phoenix against each other to see who could collect the most non-perishable food and funds to help fight hunger in our state. And including matching financial donation by Freeport-McMoRan corporate, the finals enough food and funds were collected to allow St. Mary’s to distribute 46,877 meals into the community!

Freeport-McMoRan didn’t stop there. More than 20 employee were at the St. Mary’s warehouse on June 28, donating their time to pack fruits, potatoes and other items to stock the emergency food boxes that are so important to so many in need. And another group of volunteers will be back on July 17 to continue the effort.

Thank you, Freeport-McMoRan for being a St. Mary’s Hunger Hero and helping to “Send Childhood Hunger Packing” this summer.

“Hunger Heroes” from Wells Fargo Volunteer to Send Childhood Hunger Packing this Summer

It’s always a great day when the friendly folks from Wells Fargo are in the house. On Wednesday, June 13, more than 60 Wells Fargo volunteers filled the Del E. Webb Distribution Center to bag potatoes, pack emergency food boxes and bring their energy to St. Mary’s.

A great supporter of St. Mary’s and all food banks in Arizona, Wells Fargo is preparing to hold its annual statewide food drive from July 16 to August 3. Last year, more than 12,000 pounds was donated to St. Mary’s during a time of the year when the food is desperately needed.

Thank you, Wells Fargo, and good luck with the 2012 Summer Food Drive.

Fry’s Food Stores “Bringing Hope to the Table” with 31,000 Pounds of Kellogg’s Food Products

Fry’s Food Stores continues its generous support of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – and the effort to Send Childhood Hunger Packing this summer – by donating a truckload of food containing more than 31,000 pounds of Kellogg’s products to the Del E. Webb Distribution Center on June 4.

Volunteers from Fry’s Food Store unload a truck packed with nutritious and much-needed food valued at more than $100,000, donated as part of Fry’s Food Stores and Kroger’s national “Bringing Hope to the Table” campaign. Since 2006, the program has generated more than $18 million in funds and $7 million in food donations to food banks across the country.

“Through our annual Bringing Hope to the Table campaign, Fry’s is thrilled to donate a semi-truck load of nutritious Kellogg products to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance,” said Jon Flora, President of Fry’s Food Stores. “We pride ourselves in bringing hope to the table of our hungry neighbors, not only through this donation but through cash contributions from our company, daily food rescue program donations, food drives and coin canisters, which provided more than eight million meals in Arizona last year.”

Just in 2012 alone, Fry’s Food Stores is making its third major donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. In February, Fry’s and its generous customers raised 695 tons of food for Arizonans in need to coincide with the state’s Centennial birthday celebration. A month later, Fry’s secured a $25,000 grant through Kraft Foods’ “Huddle for Hunger” program to help St. Mary’s and its agencies expand services to those in need in northern Arizona.

“We are so grateful to Fry’s Food Stores and Kroger for their continued and support of food banks across the country and in particular the battle against hunger here in Arizona,” said Beverly Damore, new President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. “Truly  one of St. Mary’s ‘Hunger Heroes,’ the combined donations of time, money and food by Fry’s and its employees highlight a commitment to the community, and how important they see our mission of feeding those in need to be.”

CVS Caremark Raises $5,000 Through Annual Fundraising Events

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank those fantastic “Hunger Heroes” from CVS Caremark for providing more than 35,000 meals for their community through its annual fundraising events.

Lou Evers and CVS Caremark held the Amazing Rain Tree Pie Toss, where managers, directors and vice president’s graciously volunteered to be “auctioned off” to receive a pie tossed gently at them. Employees from all over the building joined in, and everybody had a lot of fun, as you can see from the pictures.

CVS Caremark raised more than $5,000 this year by hosting events like Jeans Week (where employees were permitted to wear jeans to the office for a week for a $5 donation), and by raffling off a flame-top Les Paul copy guitar, a Kindle Fire and a Logitech Keyboard and Mouse. The pie toss alone raised over $800 and Jim Hintzen, founder and coordinator of Jeans Week, graciously donated a guitar from his own collection to the fundraiser. (You can let go of that ax anytime now, Jim!)

What a great way to help feed neighbors in need and have a great time doing it. Thank you CVS Caremark!

A BIG Thank You to our 2012 Hunger Heroes!

Thank You,

to our Trifecta donors, who donated food, time and funds, going above and beyond the call of action to help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Arizona Central Credit Union
American Bankers Insurance Group, Inc.
American Express
Bank of America
Border States Electric
BBVA Compass
Chubb Insurance
CH Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Charles Schwab
CVS Caremark
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Discount Tire Company, Inc.
Copper & Gold Inc.
Frito Lay Arizona Service Center
Henkel North America
Honeywell Aerospace
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Knight Transportation
Fry’s Food & Drug
Lovitt & Touché
Marriott International
National Charity League Scottsdale Chapter
Neighborhood Restaurants, LLC
ON Semiconductor
PCL Construction, Inc.
SCF Arizona
Sara Lee Corporation
Scottsdale Insurance
Southwest Gas
Swift Transportation
U-Haul International
University of Phoenix
US Airways
US Foods
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Willis of Arizona, Inc.
Wood, Patel & Associates, Inc.