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!