KMLE Nation Listeners “Make a Donation before Vacation” and Raise 280,000 Meals for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

In just three days – in the dead of summer – Southwest Gas, Albertsons and the generous listeners of the KMLE Country 108 joined the morning team of Tim, Willy and Andrea to raise $40,000 and distribute more than 280,000 meals to the hungry of Arizona during the first annual “Make a Donation before Your Vacation” Food Drive from June 21-23.

US Airways put out the challenge to Valley companies to Send Hunger Packing this summer and Southwest Gas and Albertsons answered that call with matching donations of $10,000 to help make this drive a huge success. To all who donated – either by phone, internet or in person on Saturday at Albertsons locations manned by Tim, Willy and Andrea (Willy earns bragging right by collecting the most donations) we sincerely thank you for helping St. Mary’s at the most difficult time of the year.

Congratulations to Sharon Harbin of Peoria who took home the $750 US Airways travel voucher – she made and donation and now she gets to go on vacation! Tim & Willy are already plotting and planning for next year – we’ll see you then!

“Make a Donation before Your Vacation” KMLE’s Drive for St. Mary’s Food Bank is Here!

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.

 Donations are accepted:

 –Online at www.firstfoodbank.org  (Look for the event logo/banner above and click!)
–By phone at (602) 343-2523 from 6-9 a.m. on Thursday and Friday (6/21 and 6/22)
–Food and Cash donations accepted on-site at three different 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

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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in hopes of raising more food and funds to cap the drive.

Southwest Gas has 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!

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

US Airways Kicks Off “Send Childhood Hunger Packing” Challenge with Breakfast and Paper Plane Contest at Phoenix Youth At-Risk

 

Returning as the Jet Setter sponsor of “Send Childhood Hunger Packing” in 2012, US Airways has issued the challenge to individuals and companies around Arizona to help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance — by donating fund, time and funds this summer.

Each year, US Airways earns “Hunger Hero” status with the Food Bank, providing hundreds of thousands of meals those in need. And with one in four Arizona children suffering from food insecurity, US Airways stands with St. Mary’s in the belief that “no child deserves to go to bed hungry” and challenges YOU to Send Childhood Hunger Packing” this summer.

On June 11 at Phoenix Youth At-Risk Community Center, US Airways “Do Crew” volunteers and mascots Larry Luggage and Carry On distributed breakfast to more than 40 children who receive two meals a day during the summer from St. Mary’s Kids Cafe Program. More than 3,000 kids are fed through the program each day at 47 sites around the Valley as St. Mary’s seeks to bridge the gap for so many families who are taxed to feed their children over the summer.

After a nutritious breakfast featuring pears, yogurt, cheese, granola bars and milk, the kids created their own US Airways paper airplanes with the help of Do Crew and St. Mary’s Kids Cafe personnel. Then it was out to the basketball court to put the planes through their paces in a distance contest, with the winners in each age group taking home a St. Mary’s Hunger 101 prize pack.

Now it’s your turn. Hold a company food drive. Volunteer with a church group to pack emergency food boxes. Allow the food bank to distribute seven meals with every dollar donated this summer. Help US Airways and St. Mary’s Food Bank “Send Childhood Hunger Packing” all year long.

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.)

The 2008 Student Food Drive Update…Corona del Sol Raises the Stakes!

  

The 2008 Student Food Drive is ending this week and all the participating schools are all doing an exceptional job this year. This year we have introduced The John Van Hengel Memorial Cup to be awarded on October 18th to the winning school at the U.S. Airways Center during the first intermission of the Roadrunners hockey game. The cup will be engraved with the winning school’s name and the names of the students who participated from that school. The trophy will also reside with the winning school for the current school year.

 

The stakes between these schools are getting high and St. Mary’s Food Bank has it on good authority that one school below is offering up extra credit for donations.

  • Mountain Ridge High School -Glendale
  • Ironwood High School -Glendale
  • Cactus High School -Glendale
  • Apollo High School-Glendale
  • Sandra Day O’Conner High School-Glendale
  • Centennial High School-Peoria
  • Corona Del Sol High School-Tempe
  • Marcos De Niza High School-Tempe
  • Sunnyslope High School-Phoenix

 

Who? Well, if you are lucky enough to be in Mr. Price’s English Class at Corona del Sol High School, you can receive up to 5 points of extra credit (participation) for donations.  Students can now earn one point per item donated, up to a maximum of 5 points with the deadline being Friday. 

 

Remember: Items most in need are peanut butter, rice and pasta, canned soups, tuna, fruit juice, and canned vegetables and fruits.

 

To find out the 2008 Student Food Drive winner, come out to the Roadrunner Hockey Game this Saturday.  For information on tickets, visit http://www.phxroadrunners.com.

 

 

–p.s. In addition to the cup, U.S. Airways has donated $1,500 in travel cards for the top three schools and a special award of $1,500 travel card to one student to be selected through an essay contest. Chipotle and Subway have also donated terrific food prizes for the second and third place schools. 

Who will win? STAY TUNED!!!!