Help Wells Fargo Send Childhood Hunger Packing This Summer!

Wells Fargo is trying to fill the shelves of Valley Food Banks all over Arizona now through Aug. 3 with its annual statewide food drive. Simply stop into any Wells Fargo bank location, look for the food boxes set up in the lobby and help the one in four Arizona children who are struggling with hunger with a non-perishable food donation.

Donations will benefit members of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which collectively distributed more than 131 million pounds of food last year – enough to provide 299,000 meals every day through 1,600 sites.  People who wish to donate cash can send checks to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, 2100 N. Central Ave., Ste. 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004.  Donations also may be made online at http://www.azfoodbanks.org.

With television cameras rolling, Wells Fargo officials visited the St. Mary’s warehouse on July 19 to speak about the need for non-perishable food items in Arizona – at St. Mary’s warehouse, stocks are down 30 percent compared to last summer – and what items the food bans need most.

The food you donate in your area will stay there and benefit the hungry in your neighborhood. This is one of the only statewide food drives and St. Mary’s Food Bank would like to thank Wells Fargo for their commitment to fighting hunger!

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.

Send Hunger Packing: Kids are Helping Kids

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank 9-year-old Macy Stewart, who came to our location in Surprise with a very special donation.

Macy decided to hold her own food drive for one in four kids who don’t have enough to each in her community. She created her own food donations bags and distributed them to her classmates, asking them to go home and see if they could fill them to help out.

The students and parents from Macy’s class sure responded. The final total was 844 pounds of food, which Macy proudly brought to the food bank recently with her parents – who were mighty proud of what Macy had accomplished. That’s 844 meals for those in need – thanks to one 9-year-old with a plan to make a difference.

Thank you Macy. Enjoy your summer. We are all very impressed by your heart and your example.

KMLE “Make a Donation Before Your Vacation” Food Drive

It’s one Valley institution helping another. Popular KMLE radio hosts Tim and Willy are hoping to help fill the shelves of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance during the summer months – when donations for the hungry decline while the demand for food spikes upward.

On June 21-22, the drive begins in-studio with Tim and Willy asking for donations to the Food Bank and interviewing special guests who are helping in the war against hunger. Then on Saturday June 23, Tim, Willy and Andrea take the show on the road, each hosting a drive at one of the Albertsons locations in hopes of raising more food and funds to cap the drive.

Southwest Gas had stepped up and will make a matching gift to those who donate on Thursday, while everyone who donates will be eligible to win a $750 in flight voucher from US Airways.

So help the one in four children in Arizona who fight hunger every day. Make a donation … and we might send YOU on a vacation!

Donations accepted June 21-22 at 3 Albertsons locations:

Westside Location:  8240 West Deer Valley Road, Peoria AZ 85213
Northeast Phoenix Location: 21001 N Tatum Blvd Phoenix, AZ 85050
Scottsdale Location: 11475 E Via Linda Scottsdale, AZ 85259

  •     Internet donations accepted at www.firstfoodbank.org
  •     Phone donations accepted June 21-22 at (602) 343-2523

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.”