12th Annual CANSTRUCTION® Event Begins with construction on Saturday, July 14, 2018

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The American Institute of Architects Phoenix Metro Chapter will host the 12th Annual CANSTRUCTION® Design Build Competition, July 14-20, 2018 at the Phoenix Convention Center (100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ). All proceeds from the event will benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. Seven teams of architectural, engineering and construction firms will compete to display their talents while feeding the hungry. In the last ten years, the CANSTRUCTION® event has been able to donate over 440,000 pounds of canned goods… Read More

Arizona Diamondbacks Hold Hunger Awareness Night Friday, June 22 At Chase Field

PHOENIX – Summertime is here. Kids need breakfast to start the day. And you can help. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Milk Producers are teaming up to help St. Mary’s Food Bank with a special for Hunger Awareness Night on Friday, June 29 at Chase Field, before the Diamondbacks meet the San Francisco Giants at 6:40 p.m. Here’s the deal: Just bring three boxes of cereal or donate $10 – which St. Mary’s will use to distribute enough food for… Read More

Abbott Fund Awards St. Mary’s Food Bank With $20,000 For Backpack Program

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The Abbott Fund was established by Abbott, a global health care company, in 1951, as a philanthropic foundation based in Illinois with the vision to create healthier communities worldwide, investing in ideas that promote science and medical innovation, expand access to health care and strengthen communities around the globe. In partnership with others, the Abbott Fund strives to make a lasting impact on people’s lives and encourage others to take positive action. Since 2006, the Abbott Fund has granted nearly… Read More

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Announces Sponsorship Of Our 2018 Summer Food Service Program

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance Announces Sponsorship Of Our 2018 Summer Food Service Program
Food Served in Partnership with School, Church and Recreation Programs Phoenix – St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance again assumes sponsorship of the 2018 Summer Food Service Program for Children and will provide meals at the following locations.  The purpose of the program is to help ease demand summer food, particularly among children who take part in the free breakfast and lunch programs during the school year. Meals will be made available free to all eligible children in the following OPEN sites… Read More

St. Mary’s Food Bank Receives $17K Grant from APS for Backpack and Emergency Food Box Programs

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With schools closed due to teacher walkouts, St. Mary’s Food Bank staff and volunteers have been working diligently to make sure Arizona children and their families don’t go hungry. But long after the students are back in school, the work of St. Mary’s will continue. Since 1967, this organization has been a reliable source of nutritious food for thousands of Arizonans who are struggling to make ends meet. St. Mary’s is the state’s largest food bank and without it, far… Read More

The 26th Annual ‘STAMP OUT HUNGER’ Food Drive – Saturday, May 12th

The 26th Annual ‘STAMP OUT HUNGER’ Food Drive - Saturday, May 12th
The largest single-day food drive in the United States – one which helps St. Mary’s Food Bank and other Arizona Food Banks stocked during the long, hot summer – turns 26 years old in 2018. And it all takes place at your mailbox. On Saturday, May 12th, over 230,000 letter carriers nationwide, including over 5,000 here in the Valley will be picking up canned food donations on their regular mail routes during the 26th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers… Read More

St. Mary’s Goes Mobile To Increase Efforts To Feed Children And Families : Operation Meal Kit Beginning May 1st

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With the school closures rolling into a second week and food crisis for hundreds of thousands of Arizona reaching emergency levels, St. Mary’s Food Bank will move to first-responder status beginning on Tuesday, May 1 and take food outreach to the streets with “Operation Meal Kit.” In addition to ramping up our kids meal program by 25 percent to more than 9,000 and offering emergency food boxes at hundreds of locations for all, St. Mary’s will attack the crisis head-on… Read More

School Closure Statement

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In response to inquiries about the scheduled school closures on Thursday April 26, St. Mary’s Food Bank will be available to families and children in need in the following ways:   St. Mary’s currently distributes more than 7,000 after-school meals daily to at-risk kids at more than 150 sites around the state. More than 100 of those sites are not located on school properties and will not be affected.   The Food Bank will continue to operate those after school… Read More

“Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign to Combat Hunger in Arizona

“Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” Campaign to Combat Hunger in Arizona
Throughout April, online acts of support, purchases of participating products and donations at Walmart registers can help Feeding America secure at least 200 million meals on behalf of local member food banks She or he may be a distant relative or your next door neighbor, but chances are you know one of the estimated one in five families and one in four children in Arizona who struggle with food insecurity at some point during the year. From April 2 through… Read More

A Letter from Our President & Chief Executive Officer . . . Tom Kertis

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A Time To Bring Hope Spring is a time of renewal, a time of fresh starts and a time of hope. For many local children and families in our community, they need that hope more than ever. In Arizona, nearly 30% of our neighbors are considered working poor, working tirelessly at a job—or multiple jobs—to support their families. They can barely afford their rent and utilities, let alone nutritious food. No one should have to skip meals to pay the… Read More