Over a two-week period in November 2021, St. Mary's Food Bank conducted its largest ever turkey distribution throughout Arizona. Taking place at our Phoenix and Surprise locations, as well as the Northern Arizona Tribal Lands of the Navajo Nation and Hopi Villages. For these events to successfully take place, preparation took months and more than a year of planning for St. Mary's Food Bank team.
This is only possible because of the more than 1,000 volunteers who helped us box and distribute our holiday food as well as everyone who donated a turkey, food or funds towards this effort. I wish you could see the joy (sometimes accompanied by tears) on the faces of those who receive food when they leave St. Mary’s Food Bank with a box brimming with delicious foods — and 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. As we prepare for this year's holiday distributions, we reflect on all that was accomplished last year through our staff, volunteers and donors that make this work possible.