St. Mary’s Food Bank’s trailer truckload of emergency food, ready-to-eat snacks and toiletry items will arrive in Texas today. The supplies will be delivered to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi and Food Bank of the Golden Cresent in Victoria, TX for distribution to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
As conditions on the ground worsen and the areas affected by this disaster grow, St. Mary’s is on standby to help as it is determined which food banks in the Feeding America network will ask for assistance. This is not a short-term disaster and so much of the effort still revolves around search and rescue. Food is available to those in need at the shelters short term but the need for emergency food will last for weeks and even months in Texas.
St. Mary’s is appreciative to the generous people of Arizona for reaching out and asking how they can help. The heart of the people of the Grand Canyon State never ceases to amaze. We are accepting donations of food (most needed items are peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables and ready to eat meals like canned pasta). These donations will help St. Mary’s both in replenishing the supplies that have already been committed to the hurricane effort and to stockpile for when and if the call for further help is made.
Donations of food of toiletry supplies can be dropped off at St. Mary’s Food Bank locations in Phoenix (2831 N. 31st Avenue) and Surprise (13050 West Elm Street) and donations of FOOD ONLY can be made at St. Mary’s food boxes located at all Valley Goodwill stores. Monetary donations can be made to a special Harvey donation page at www.firstfoodbank.org. We are NOT accepting donations of clothes or blankets at this time.
St. Mary’s will also be accepting donations of peanut butter at the Phoenix Mercury game with the Connecticut Sun on Friday, Sept. 1 at Talking Stick Arena. Food Donation bins will be set up for several hours prior to the 7 p.m. tip-off.