“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

You Can Make A Difference! Stamp Out Hunger on May 12 2
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

Culver’s Snowbird Food Drive

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… Read More

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… Read More

Help Fight Hunger With The Phoenix Suns.

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… Read More

Scouting for Food Annual Food Drive to Benefit Food Banks!

Scouting for Food Annual Food Drive to Benefit Food Banks! 5
PHOENIX, January 30, 2018 – Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Council will be collecting food to support Arizona food banks in serving those in need throughout the state.  This past weekend scouts distributed door hangers to let their neighbors know about the drive. Saturday, February 3, 2018, Scouts revisit the houses to pick up bags full of food that will be delivered to their local food bank. “The holiday season is behind us, but the need for food is… Read More