Culver’s Snowbird Food Drive

Attention snowbirds! Clean out your cupboards and help feed the hungry before heading back home and earn a tasty treat from Culver’s!

Now through April 12th, donate five non-perishable food items at any of 10 Culver’s locations and be rewarded with a free one-scoop dessert item. Feed the hungry and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time!

The following Culver’s locations are participating in the St. Mary’s Snowbird Food Drive. Gather up your cans and enjoy the rewards of giving back!

1. Culver’s Chandler – 3155 West Ray Road, Chandler

2. Culver’s Mesa – 1263 Crismon Road, Mesa

3. Culver’s East Phoenix – 825 East Camelback Road, Phoenix

4. Culver’s Surprise – 16145 West Bell Road, Surprise

5. Culver’s Peoria – 8271 West Ludlow, Peoria

6. Culver’s Glendale – 5127 N. 99th Avenue, Glendale

7. Culver’s MetroCenter – 10225 N 28th Dr, Phoenix

8. Culver’s Scottsdale – 8668 East Shea Blvd, Scottsdale

9. Culver’s Verrado – 1540 N. Verrado Way, Buckeye

10. Culver’s Avondale – 1025 N. Avondale Blvd, Avondale

Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt Celebrates 42 Years On Saturday, March 31

A West Valley tradition will celebrate 42 years of unforgettable memories when the Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunts are held on Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m. to noon at Peoria Sports Complex.

Admission and parking are free with a canned food donation to benefit the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Some activities require a nominal fee. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.

Held annually  on the Saturday before Easter, this event not only offers Easter egg candy hunts for eight different ages groups, but lots of fun and entertainment for the entire family. Come enjoy the entertainment, make and take crafts, carnival games, inflatable attractions, petting zoo, pony rides and much more. And don’t forget your camera for memories that will last a lifetime.

The candy hunts begin with 1-year olds at 8:20 a.m.; 2-year-olds at 8:45 a.m.; 3-year-olds at 9:10 a.m.; 4-year-olds at 9:30 a.m.; 5-year-olds at 9:50 a.m.; 6-year-olds at 10:10 a.m.; 7 and 8-year-olds at 10:25 a.m. and 9 and 10-year-olds at 10:40 am. Family scavenger hunts will be held from 8-11 a.m.

The Easter Egg Hunts were initiated in 1976 by Dolly Sanchez, who was a member of the Peoria Community Action Program and Parks and Recreation Board. Because of the success of the hunts, coupled with the city’s growth, the Peoria Community Services Department/Special Events was asked to help in 1983. Thus, a 35-year partnership has developed to improve and expand this fun-filled family event. Through the years, the Easter Egg Hunts from Varney Park, to seven Peoria neighborhood parks, and finally in 1994 to Peoria Sports Complex.

Help Fight Hunger With The Phoenix Suns.

The Suns will host a Food Drive for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance on Friday, April 6, 2018. Fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items, especially peanut butter, to the game and drop it off with volunteers stationed outside all entrance gates at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Beginning at 3 p.m., fans that donate three or more jars of peanut butter will receive two (2) tickets to the Phoenix Suns vs. New Orleans Pelicans game that evening (while supplies last). April 6 is also Devin Booker Bobblehead night, with the first 5,000 fans receiving a bobblehead of the Suns star guard. Call 602-343-3160 for more information.

Continuing a Halloween Tradition

Say hello to Josh Schauer, who just showed up at St. Mary’s with his mom, more than 250 pounds of food for hungry children and a great story:

Last year his friend Stephanie asked him to help her collect food instead of candy on Halloween, asking for canned items when they went trick or treating.

Josh said yes and had a great time. So this year, when Stephanie went off to college, Josh decided his was going to do it again by himself.

Josh passed out fliers in his neighborhood to let people know he was coming by on Halloween “But you still get a few funny looks when you ask for a can of food instead of a candy bar,” he said. But almost everyone along the way had something for Josh and at the end of the night he had collected 262 pounds of food, which the family stuffed into the car and brought to us.

Thank you Josh. Thank you Stephanie, for planting the seed. And thank you to all who give up their time to help others. You should all dress up as superstars — because you are!

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive – May 13th

Don’t forget to leave food donations for your letter carrier to pick up on Saturday, May 13th for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive! Throughout the week leading up to the food drive, local letter carriers will be dropping off reminder post cards and special grocery bags to both city and rural residents’ mailboxes. The letter carriers encourage those who can help to fill the bags, or any other grocery bag, with nonperishable food items and leave them by their mailboxes on the morning of Saturday May 13th. Your letter carrier will do the rest, making sure the food gets to the one in five Arizonans – and one in four children – dealing with hunger issues in our state.

May Matching Challenge

Your compassionate gift to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance today will double in value, thanks to a $50,000 Matching Challenge. That’s right: Your donation today will have TWICE the impact in the fight against hunger! So please, give generously.