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

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

50th Anniversary and Hunger Action Month
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

Agency Spotlight: Harvest Compassion Center

Agency Spotlight: Harvest Compassion Center
Since 2011, the Harvest Compassion Center Phoenix/Maryvale has been serving guests throughout the Valley. The HCC strives to be more than just a local food bank, it’s your one-stop shop! It is set up like a mini-mart and clothing boutique, where guests are welcomed to shop and choose their desired food items, hygiene products, baby items, various home products and clothing FREE of charge. We are open to the general public and provide service to anyone living in Arizona, as there are no pre-qualifications… Read More

Volunteer of the Month: Jeffery Ryanson – Ozanam Manor

Volunteer of the Month: Jeffery Ryanson - Ozanam Manor
Jeffrey rides his bike to our shelter, regardless of the temperature outside. He always arrives early with a smile and kind word, and a piece of candy for residents and staff. “He is a true Candy Man”. He is always willing to do whatever needs to be done at the shelter. Recently, he has taken on the additional responsibility of assisting us in covering for our Facilities Manager who has been off ill for several weeks. Specifically, he has picked up… Read More

You’ve Helped My Family Through A Difficult Time

You’ve Helped My Family Through A Difficult Time
So many people who come to St. Mary’s are just like Nicole: one bad moment changed everything. Nicole’s husband fell off a roof while working as a contractor. He’s been out of work to heal from his injuries and now the family struggles to make ends meet. That’s a stressful place to be when you have an 18-month-old to feed. They recently learned about St. Mary’s Food Bank and  began receiving food boxes and fresh produce. Nicole says she is… Read More

You Can Make A Difference! Stamp Out Hunger on May 12

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One of our biggest food drives of the year happens on May 12, and all you have to do is leave nonperishable food items for your mail carrier. They will pick it up and do the rest! The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is an annual event that started in Phoenix and now takes place nationwide. Any nonperishable food items you donate will go directly to local children and families who face hunger in Arizona. Urgent items needed include canned… Read More