Channel 15 Morning Team Helps Distribute Holiday Food Boxes for Thanksgiving

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank the morning team at Channel 15 – among them anchor Connie Colla, meteorologist Amy Murphy and reporters Brien McElhatten and Kimberly Cheng – for donating their time on Nov. 23 at our Knight Client Services Center. The team packed holiday food boxes and carried them out to the client’s cars, listened to stories and even posed for pictures with those who asked.

Channel 15 is a very committed and community-minded station and one of the driving forces behind Operation Santa Claus, a charity that helps not only St. Mary’s but several other worthy charities during the holiday season. But no one had to tell Brien or Kimberly where to come for their shift – both have done several stories on the Food Bank and the incredible need our community faces due to food insecurity.

To the management and staff of Channel 15, St. Mary’s is touched by your benevolence and extends the offer to come back any time. When you distribute 275,000 meals a day, another helping hand is always appreciated!

Servpro Donates 2,100 lbs of Thanksgiving Turkeys and Sides to Kick Off Super Saturday Festivities

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank Jeff Ottaway and his crew at Servpro for their great kickoff donation of meals consisting of turkeys, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, rolls and deserts that will feed hundreds of Arizona’s hungry during this holiday season.

Servpro managers from around the Valley were on hand on Nov. 17 to form a human chain to unload the more than 2,000 pounds of food and present it to the Food Bank. A great time was had by all and Mr. Ottaway tells us he’ll be back next year with even more.

On behalf of the hungry of Arizona, a big thank you to Servpro for their great donation and commitment to their community.

Happy Valley Elementary School Again Comes Through for Arizona's Hungry!

St. Mary’s Food Bank employees in Surprise was VERY happy to see the bus from Happy Valley Elementary School pull up in its parking lot on Tuesday morning. Every year, the students from Happy Valley conduct a huge food drive and then bring what they have collected to the food bank – forming a huge human chain to fill bin after bin with canned food items.

This year, the second graders (Mrs. Johnson) and sixth graders (Ms. Campaigne) delivered more than 3,200 pounds of food to help feed the hungry of Arizona this holiday season. This is the second straight year they school has topped the 3,200-pound mark, and the Patriots appeared to have a lot of fun making the donation.

Thank you Happy Valley Elementary School, for making Thanksgiving better for so many. And have a Happy Thanksgiving yourselves!

Roger Clyne and P.H. Naffah make Special Lunchtime Appearance at St. Mary's Food Bank TODAY; Clyne asks Fans to bring Donations of Turkey, Cash & Food for Holidays

For the second consecutive year, Arizona’s own musical treasure Roger Clyne is teaming up with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to raise awareness – and food – for families struggling with hunger this holiday season.

This year, Roger is really upping the ante. He will make a special lunchtime appearance at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s Del E. Webb Distribution Center (2831 N. 31st Avenue) on the day before Thanksgiving to give his fans who help the Food Bank a special treat of their own. From noon to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, Roger and drummer P.H. Naffah will not only play their own selections but take requests from fans who make special donations to the food bank.

St. Mary’s is asking that fans bring turkeys, canned food or cash equal to a $10 donation to the show to help the one in five adults and one in four children in Arizona that need help to put food on the table this holiday season St. Mary’s personnel will be stationed at the entrances to the food bank to collect the donations prior to entry to the Food Bank parking lot.

Later that day, Roger will head to the East Valley and collect canned food, turkeys and cash donation from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Top Liquors in Tempe (403 W. University Drive). Clyne will be signing bottles of his ultra-premium Mexican Moonshine Tequila for those who make a donation to St. Mary’s for the holiday season.

“The food bank would like to thank Roger Clyne for giving of his time to help the hungry of Arizona and we invite his fans to come to St. Mary’s Food Bank and take advantage of this great opportunity,” St. Mary’s president and CEO Terry Shannon. “Roger is known not only for his incredible music but his big heart when he comes to helping the community. We are honored he has selected our Food Bank as a partner and are looking forward to a great day.”

So come on out and talk Turkey – and stuffing, and canned vegetables – with Roger Clyne and help Arizona’s hungry while helping yourself to a great chance to check out some great music.

Don't Forget! THIS SATURDAY is SUPER SATURDAY! Bring your Turkeys, food and donations to one of the 16 Locations


2011 Super Saturday Turkey Video

Help Food Bank Reach Goal of 6,000 Donated Turkeys for Holiday Boxes; Enter For a Chance To Win One of 16 $250 US Airways Flight Vouchers

It’s almost Turkey Time – and that means it’s almost “Super Saturday” time as well.

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance will hold its fifth annual “Super Saturday” Turkey Drive on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For the first time, the drive will expand to 16 locations around the Valley and in Flagstaff in hopes of meeting what is anticipated to be an unprecedented need for the 2011 Holiday season.

The Food Bank is anticipating requests for a record number of holiday food boxes. But hopes remain that each will contain turkey and other assorted holiday dinner items – to allow families around the Valley and state the chance to enjoy the comforting tradition of a holiday meal. Last year, through the generous donations of businesses and private citizens wanting to help, St. Mary’s estimates their pre-Thanksgiving food distribution provided meals for as many as 50,000 people.

In addition to turkeys, all other non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations will be gladly accepted. And at each of the 16 locations, all donors are invited to register for a chance to win a $250 US Airways travel voucher.

Look for the giant inflatable turkey and smiling volunteers ready for your visit at the following “Super Saturday” locations around the Valley and in Flagstaff:

  • St. Mary’s Food Bank Stardust Main Campus (2831 N. 31st Ave. in Phoenix)
  • St. Mary’s Westside Facility (13050 W. Elm Street in Surprise)
  • Albertsons Desert Ridge (21001 N. Tatum Blvd.)
  • Albertsons Glendale (20255 N. 59th Ave.)
  • Albertsons Peoria (8240 W. Deer Valley Road)
  • Albertsons Surprise (16750 W. Bell Road)
  • Albertsons Scottsdale (2785 N. Scottsdale Road)
  • Albertsons Via Linda (11475 E. Via Linda)
  • Albertsons Flagstaff (1416 E. Route 66)
  • Harkins Christown 14 (1620 W. Montebello)
  • Harkins Scottsdale 101 14 (7000 E. Mayo Blvd.)
  • Harkins Arrowhead Fountains 18 (16046 N. Arrowhead Fountains Center)
  • Harkins Gateway Pavilions 18 (10250 W. McDowell Road)
  • Harkins Tempe Marketplace 16 (2000 E. Rio Salado Drive)
  • Harkins Scottsdale Shea 14 (7354 E. Shea Blvd.)
  • Harkins Flagstaff 11 (1959 Woodlands Village Blvd.)