Continuing a Halloween Tradition

Say hello to Josh Schauer, who just showed up at St. Mary’s with his mom, more than 250 pounds of food for hungry children and a great story:

Last year his friend Stephanie asked him to help her collect food instead of candy on Halloween, asking for canned items when they went trick or treating.

Josh said yes and had a great time. So this year, when Stephanie went off to college, Josh decided his was going to do it again by himself.

Josh passed out fliers in his neighborhood to let people know he was coming by on Halloween “But you still get a few funny looks when you ask for a can of food instead of a candy bar,” he said. But almost everyone along the way had something for Josh and at the end of the night he had collected 262 pounds of food, which the family stuffed into the car and brought to us.

Thank you Josh. Thank you Stephanie, for planting the seed. And thank you to all who give up their time to help others. You should all dress up as superstars — because you are!

The Joy You Bring

A Letter from Our President & Chief Executive Officer – Tom Kertis

You put nutritious food on the tables of hungry neighbors when
you support St. Mary’s Food Bank this holiday season. What you
may not be aware of is the joy you bring to the people you help,
especially this time of year.

With holiday celebrations and food seemingly everywhere, many
families often feel left out of the festivities — like they’re on the
outside looking in. That’s where your compassion and generosity
come into play.

I wish you could see the joy (sometimes accompanied by tears)
on their faces when they walk out of St. Mary’s Food Bank with a
box brimming with delicious foods — even turkeys — knowing
they too will be able to celebrate around the table. Truly priceless!

You are the reason for that joy. It’s only because of caring friends
like you that St. Mary’s Food Bank can get food to those in need
across Arizona. So thank you, and if you are able, please continue
your kind support with a generous gift today.

Every $1 you share provides 7 meals for children, families, and
seniors. Just imagine all the good you will do . . . all the joy you
will bring!

Best wishes this fall,

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How You Can Help this Hunger Action Month

Hunger hurts people in every corner of the United States, including Arizona. All told, 48 million Americans are experiencing hunger. Worst of all, 15 million of them are children suffering due to circumstances beyond their control.

Thankfully, this catastrophic problem has a solution. Through your support of St. Mary’s Food Bank, you’re helping lead the fight to end hunger. This month, you can unite with caring people all across the country to feed hungry Americans. Here are three simple, direct ways to make a difference during September, Hunger Action Month.

3 Ways To Take Action

1) Give Food/Funds

Host a food or fund drive through your school, company, or church. Your canned goods or boxed items will feed a person in need. Every $1 you donate will provide 7 meals.

2) Donate Time

Volunteers form the backbone of the Food Bank. Please visit Volunteer.FirstFoodBank.org to learn about volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups.

3) Pay Tribute

Interested in acknowledging someone special in your life via a thoughtful gift to the food bank? Contact development@firstfoodbank.org or call (602) 343-2534 to learn more.

For more ways to participate in Hunger Action Month, visit http://www.stmarysfoodbank.org/get-involved/

Phoenix Symphony Food Drive

Proudly serving the citizens of metropolitan Phoenix and Arizona since 1947, the Phoenix Symphony endures as a cultural treasure in its 63rd year. And the state’s only full-time professional orchestra will again conduct a food drive to benefit another Arizona institution – St. Mary’s Food Bank – during its March 26-28 performances of “Star Wars Mania” at Symphony Hall.

Prior to each performance, St. Mary’s volunteers will be stationed outside the Hall to accept food and cash donations. St. Mary’s distributes enough food to provide 300,000 meals to 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and the need is greater than it has ever been with housing foreclosures and unemployment so prevalent in the state.

So before enjoying conductor Robert Moody and the Symphony’s tribute to the magnificent scores of John Williams, help St. Mary’s Food Bank continue its mission of feeding the hungry each day. Each dollar donated to the food bank can provide several meals to the one in 12 seniors and one in five children in Arizona who struggle with hunger issues.

“We are very pleased and appreciative of this opportunity to partner with the wonderful Phoenix Symphony and thank them for its continued support,” said St. Mary’s Food Bank President and CEO Terry Shannon. “There is no way the Food Bank would be able to accomplish its mission without such committed partners and the continuing generosity of the people of Arizona.”

Help St. Mary’s at Amante’s Second Annual Wine and Food Festival

Come experience wines from all over the world donated by Amante Divine Wine & Spirits as they feature dozens of wines that will surprise and delight you at Amante’s Second Annual Wine and Food Festival on Monday, Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Eddie’s House (7042 E. Indian School Road).

Premier Phoenix Cheese Shop Petite Fromage will provide an eclectic selection of fare while Chef Eddie Matney will pair the wines with some of his signature dishes.

Tickets are $1 per tasting of wine and food, with all proceeds benefiting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. The Food Bank will also be accepting cash and non-perishable food donations at the door to help Arizona families have a memorable holiday dinner this season.

For more information, call Eddie’s House at (480) 946-1622 or log on to www.eddieshouse.com.

“Haunted House for Hunger” Benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank on Halloween Night

Come enjoy devilish foods, ghoulish drinks and a haunted house that will leave your teeth chattering on Halloween Night.

The “Haunted House For Hunger” will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m on Saturday, Oct 31st at 13528 West Desert Lane in Surprise (major cross streets are Greenway Road and West Pointe Parkway). Admission is a non-perishable food item for St. Mary’s Food Bank. Call (623) 696-9674 for directions and more information.

“Buy-a-Bird, Feed a Family”

Here’s a unique way to help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance fight hunger. Through our “Buy-a-Bird, Feed a Family” program, you can purchase one of our cute toy turkeys. These birds – Mr. Touchdown($20), Toni Can-Can($15), and Sheriff Tex($15) – are a great way to help the Food Bank feed those in need, while providing a unique gift for yourself, a family member, business associate or client. You can even designate someone to receive the turkey and we’ll send it out, with a card.

You can order by: visiting www.buyabird.org; or mailing your order to SMFB, 2831 N. 31st Ave., Phoenix 85009 Attn:BuyaBird; or by calling 602 343-3164.
Remember: each $1 donated allows us to provide the equivalent of 7 meals to those in need.

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Turn Uncle Ben's Rice Purchase Into Help For Kids Cafe

From now through October, every purchase of an Uncle Ben’s rice product will result in a donation to Feeding America’s Kids Cafe program to fund the development of new locations in the U.S. as well as the planned expansion of St. Mary’s Kids Café around the state. In addition, when you sign on to www.unclebens.com and sign Ben’s journal, Uncle Ben’s will donate an additional $1 for each signature added to the list.

Wells Fargo Helps Replenish St. Mary’s Summer Shelves

Wells Fargo will kick off their annual state-wide food drive on June 1, with the goal of helping agencies like St. Mary’s Food Banks replenish their shelves during the traditionally challenging summer months.

From June 1-15, the public is encouraged to drop off any non-perishable, non-glass food items at any Wells Fargo or Wachovia bank branch in the state. Cereals, peanut butter, canned meats, beans and rice/pasta are especially suggested in addition to peanut butter and canned fruits, vegetables and milk.

Last year’s drive collected 58 tons of food for non-profit agencies around the state, and Wells Fargo is hoping to top that total this year.

For more information, stop into any Wells Fargo or Wachovia branch.

Pairing Gardens With Food Banks

Demand at food banks has risen sharply due to the economic crisis. But fresh produce can be difficult to keep in stock at these facilities because of its price and limited shelf life. The Arizona Republic reports on one food bank that has started up its own 21-square-foot community vegetable garden this year, a project headed up by a local chef/gardener. We’ve previously covered other produce-to-food-bank initiatives here in Seattle, including a startup program to distribute seeds and gardening advice at food distribution centers, and efforts to collect fruit tree and garden excess for emergency food services.

But one factor that can put distance between fresh vegetables and the neediest people is lack of access to a kitchen. One thing we’d be interested to see: a shared kitchen facility where people without a home can prepare freshly harvested produce from a community garden. Though certainly not as efficient in terms of scale as a community feeding facility like the Langar in Delhi, it seems that a kitchen for preparing food would provide a bit of dignity, stability and choice in the lives of the people who used it. What do you think? (JL)

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