Freeport McMoRan Volunteers Help St. Mary’s Food Bank by Packing Emergency Food Boxes for Arizonans in Need

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank the employees from Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold for volunteering their time Friday afternoon at the Dell Webb Distribution Center. With smiling faces and a great energy, the volunteers packed more than 400 emergency food boxes that will soon be distributed to the hungry of Arizona through our Knight Client Services Center.

Freeport McMoRan has been and remains a strong supporter of St. Mary’s mission. This summer, the employees held a food drive competition between floors and collected more than 3,000 pounds of some of St. Mary’s most needed non-perishable food items (canned meals, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables.)

It’s a great combination: The world’s largest publicly traded copper company – and the world’s first food bank! Thank you very much, Freeport McMoRan and we hope to see you in the house again soon!


NAU Volleyball Team Volunteers at St. Mary’s Flagstaff Facility

Northern Arizona University’s sports teams are great friends of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, volunteering their time with enthusiastic energy to help the hungry of Flagstaff and northern Arizona. This past weekend, it was the NAU volleyball team in the house, packing emergency food boxes before they open their season.

Thank you ladies. Good luck to the Lady Jacks and have a great season – light up the Big Sky this year!

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“Hunger Heroes” from Wells Fargo Volunteer to Send Childhood Hunger Packing this Summer

It’s always a great day when the friendly folks from Wells Fargo are in the house. On Wednesday, June 13, more than 60 Wells Fargo volunteers filled the Del E. Webb Distribution Center to bag potatoes, pack emergency food boxes and bring their energy to St. Mary’s.

A great supporter of St. Mary’s and all food banks in Arizona, Wells Fargo is preparing to hold its annual statewide food drive from July 16 to August 3. Last year, more than 12,000 pounds was donated to St. Mary’s during a time of the year when the food is desperately needed.

Thank you, Wells Fargo, and good luck with the 2012 Summer Food Drive.

Avnet Summer Interns Volunteer at St. Mary’s Packing Emergency Food Boxes

St. Mary’s food Bank Alliance would like to thank the 50 summer interns from Avnet for visiting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and helping create some of our emergency food boxes for the next month as part of their community service project.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Avnet is one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components, including connectors and semiconductors; technology solutions, computer products and embedded technology. Avnet connects the world’s leading technology manufacturers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers by providing cost-effective value-added services and solutions.

The interns come from all over the country and they were proudly sporting t-shirts from alma maters for their day with St. Mary’s. We’re a little partial to the ASU grads, of course (Go Devils!) but we welcome and thank all of the interns for their great spirit and community-minded efforts. Every year, Avnet welcomes a new class of Summer Interns and this time teamed up with Avnet Cares, an employee-led grassroots community outreach program, to select St. Mary’s Food Bank as its project site this summer.

Thank you interns!  Thank you Avnet! 

Johnson Financial Group “Here For Good” Team Volunteers at St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank Johnson Financial Group, the parent company of Johnson Bank and Johnson Insurance Services, and their smiling and helpful employees for donating their time on May 22 and 23 as part of a companywide Community Service Day.

Led by the president of Johnson Bank Arizona, Kelly Foster, 50 associates from the Phoenix area volunteered to build emergency food boxes and distribute them to recipients at the Knight Transportation Client Services Center. St. Mary’s distributes hundreds of the boxes, which contain a full three-day supply of food for families in need.

During these Community Service Days, approximately 1,000 Johnson Bank and Johnson Insurance associates volunteered their time in communities across Wisconsin and Arizona. From volunteering at local food banks, to working for Habitat for Humanity, the Johnson Financial Group associates volunteer at more than 25 charities in Arizona and Wisconsin combined.

Thank you Johnson Bank Arizona!

Cleveland Indians Pitcher Vinnie Pestano Helps Hungry at Knight Center

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank Vinnie Pestano and Ryan Lantz of the Cleveland Indians for donating their time to help the hungry of Arizona this week at our Knight Services Center.

Pestano, who made his major league debut in September and is now a resident of Goodyear, spent more than three hours carrying emergency food boxes, signing autographs and posed for pictures, with volunteers, donors and staff. Vinnie said he had a great time and he’ll be back – hopefully with a few teammates to help out.

Thank you very much for your time Ryan and good luck next season Vinnie. Go Tribe!

Fry’s Donates More Than 500,000 Meals With Special Holiday Gift To St. Mary’s

Fry’s Special Holiday Donation Video

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance had some very special visitors on Monday – Fry’s Food Stores President Jon Flora and more than two dozen volunteers from Fry’s who helped pack emergency food boxes and carry them out to the cars for hundreds of  families at our Knight Client Service Center.

Those volunteers also joined Mr. Flora in a special presentation to St. Mary’s President and CEO Terry Shannon – a donation of $50,000 and an additional $25,000 worth of much-needed food items for the 1.4 million Arizonans and one in four children who are requesting assistance this holiday season. All told, that’s enough to allow St. Mary’s to distribute more than a half million meals to Arizona’s hungry.

It was just the latest in a consistent, strong show of support from Fry’s – which has now donated enough food and funds for more than 900,000 meals this year – not to mention two million-plus pounds of product donated daily through the Food Rescue Program.

Fry’s volunteers also handed out gift cards to 20 families receiving assistance on Monday, just make the holidays a little brighter. It was incredible to have so many Santa-capped, smiling faces add a special energy to the Food Bank. Special thanks to Mr. Flora, public relations leaders Joellen Lynn and Pam Giannonatti and Zone 1 Operations Supervisor and St. Mary’s Board of Directors member Nicki Schillhahn-Amos for all their assistance – not just today, but every day – to the World’s First Food Bank.

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A woman walks into the reception area. She is nicely dressed. She approaches hesitantly. In her hand is a white referral form received from a nearby agency. The volunteer at the front counter asks, “How may we help you?”  The woman breaks down in tears. The volunteer gently guides her to a seat and begins to talk to and comfort her. In the meantime, another volunteer processes the referral form and brings it to the pantry. As the woman calms down, a cart full of food (an emergency food box) is wheeled through the door by a third volunteer.

The woman, who has lost her job and her house, thanks the people who helped her. As she wheels the cart through the door, a couple with two small children walk up to the counter and a new episode begins.  

These volunteers responded to a call to service. Today, in the USA, there is a renewed call to service. This service will look different to each individual who chooses to answer. And no matter how grand or minute the appearance of this service, it will always have an impact. Below is a portion of a letter written to the volunteers at the Food Bank’s Westside location 

You astounded me with your compassion and generosity

              on the day I came in to ask for food. Never have I been in

              a situation, so poor that I needed help. I have been humbled

             and I am so thankful that you treated me with dignity

             and concern.

The world is calling! How will you answer?