Update from Tom Kertis, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank

Update from our President and CEO Dear Friends, I wanted to give you an update on the activities at St. Mary’s Food Bank. You may have seen a story on the news, but in case you haven’t, here’s our latest update. Grocery stores are doing a good job restocking their shelves, but the public continues to shop, meaning that donations to the food bank from our many grocery store partners is down. We were fortunate to have 50 soldiers from… Read More

A Message From Tom Kertis, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank

It is “Business as Unusual” at St. Mary’s Food Bank. As a supplier of food to those most in need we intend to keep operating to uphold our responsibility to the community. This is a fluid environment that changes frequently. Here is our current update: *We have implemented “Best Practices” in the areas of cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing and having staff and volunteers who feel ill stay home. We are sharing those practices with our hundreds of agency partners throughout Arizona… Read More

Cardinals Kick Hunger Benefit Dinner

Elements restaurant and Sanctuary Executive Chef Beau MacMillan are excited to be participating in the Kick Hunger Campaign representing the Arizona Cardinal’s as part of Taste of the NFL! The Arizona Cardinal’s goal is to raise $10,000 this year with 100% of every dollar donated by Arizona Cardinal’s fans going to the St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix. Now is your chance to participate in this great cause. Order one of our “Kick Hunger” specialty items on the elements and jade bar food and wine… Read More


ABC15 viewers can feed a family – make a kid happy and earn a chance to win a new vehicle! The 19th annual “Operation Santa Claus” holiday charity drive will kick-off Nov. 14 on ABC15, and every person who contributes will have a chance to win a brand-new vehicle. “Operation Santa Claus” is an Arizona tradition. It’s a partnership between ABC15 and Sanderson Ford to collect food, toys, clothes and monetary donations for Arizona charities. This year’s charities are: St.… Read More

13th Annual Super Saturday Turkey Drive

Help St. Mary’s Reach Our Goal of Collecting 10,000 Donated Turkeys and Holiday Boxes. The 100-degree temperatures are finally in Arizona’s rear-view mirror. This means it’s almost Turkey Time – and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s Super Saturday is just around the corner!  St. Mary’s will hold its 13th annual Super Saturday Turkey Drive, presented by Mobile Mini, on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Food Bank locations in Phoenix and Surprise as well as 28 Albertsons… Read More

St. Mary’s Food Bank Kicks Off 52nd Year of Feeding AZ With Hunger Action Month 2019

“GO ORANGE,” AND TAKE ACTION IN SEPTEMBER WITH OUR 30 WAYS IN 30 DAYS TO HELP THOSE IN NEED AND SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER  Phoenix – The World’s First Food Bank celebrates its 52nd year feeding Arizona’s hungry in 2019-20 and will kick things off in September by raising awareness and encouraging the public to make a special effort to help those in need during Hunger Action Month.   One in six Arizonans struggle with hunger each day of… Read More

Walmart, Sam’s Club and St. Mary’s Food Bank Kick-Off 2019 “Fight Hunger. Spark Change” Campaign

Last year’s Campaign Raised More Than $240,000 for St. Mary’s Food Bank One in eight Americans and one in seven Arizonans struggle with hunger. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America® and St. Mary’s Food Bank are kicking off its sixth annual nationwide “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” (FHSC) campaign, which will run from April 22 to May 20. Last year, the FHSC Campaign resulted in a donation of 1.67 million meals to St. Mary’s, helping… Read More


Drive Collected More Than Two Million Pounds of Food in Arizona; Benefits St. Mary’s Food Bank, & Many Other Food Banks around the State. 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 27 years old in 2019. And it all takes place at your mailbox. On Saturday, May 11th, over 230,000 letter carriers nationwide, including over 5,000 here… Read More

St. Mary’s Food Bank In Need Of Fruits And Vegetables

AFTER COLD WEATHER LEADS TO SHORTENED GROWING SEASON IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA — ST. MARY’S IS CALLING FOR DONATIONS The cold Arizona winter has led to a shorter and less abundant growing season in Southern Arizona, severely impacting donations made to St. Mary’s Food Bank in February and now March  of 2019. In some cases the donations are down by as much as 50 percent. That equates to nearly TWO MILLION pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. St. Mary’s relies on… Read More

2018 Citizen of the Year – Hector Carillo

Presented in recognition for his selfless acts on October 2, 2018 when he saved the life of a trapped and badly injured driver in a vehicle accident. Mr. Carillo’s action during this tragic event demonstrates character and integrity. On that October morning, Mr. Carillo demonstrated a truly fearless act. A vehicle attempted to maneuver an illegal pass of another vehicle in a no-passing zone. The vehicle collided head-on with Mr. Carillo’s tractor-trailer resulting in heavy damage to the passenger vehicle… Read More