St. Mary's Food Bank Partners With Valley Malls To Replenish Canned Food Supplies
The Food Bank has lost out on a million pounds of donated food from postponed and canceled food and water drives. That includes the largest food drive of the year, the annual Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carriers’ Drive, which normally yields more than 400,000 pounds of food donations alone.
St. Mary’s is teaming with local shopping center owner and developer to hold a one-time “Shopping Mall Food Haul” food drive on Saturday, May 30th. Volunteers from St. Mary’s will be at four Valley mall locations, as well as St. Mary’s Food Bank locations in Phoenix and Surprise, to safely collect food donations from the public using the same safe practices we have instituted to distribute food for the past two months.
Volunteers will have masks and gloves and will remove the donations from your car. Please place the food in car trunks, SUV hatchbacks and truck beds whenever possible. Donations will be accepted in the following locations from 7-11 a.m:
Glendale: Arrowhead Towne Center (7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center)
77th Ave & Bell Road – South Mall Entrance
Paradise Valley: Paradise Valley Mall (4568 E. Cactus Road)
Off Tatum Blvd between Dillard’s and Macys, behind Wendy’s
Scottsdale: Scottsdale Fashion Square (7014 E. Camelback Road)
Camelback Road & Marshall Way, next to Crate & Barrel
West Phoenix: Desert Sky Mall (7611 W. Thomas Road)
Outside the Food Court near Dillard’s
Central Phoenix: St. Mary’s Food Bank (2831 N 31st Avenue)
Surprise: St. Mary’s Food Bank (13050 W Elm Street)
The most needed items include peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables and bottled water, but any non-perishable food donations are welcome. If you have food that can be better used by those who have been affected either medically or financially from this pandemic, this is a great and easy way to give back.
“Even under normal circumstances, summer is the most difficult time for food bank because we distribute more food than any other time of the year,” St. Mary’s President and CEO Tom Kertis. “This year, we have been asked to put out so much more food while seeing a large drop off in our normal food donations. Many families stocked up on food at the beginning of the pandemic and might find themselves with more than they need. This is a great time to get the food to families who are really struggling right now.”
For general questions or how to get your organization involved – please contact Matt Cooper, Food Drive Coordinator, directly at 602-343-3164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org