A Letter from Our President & Chief Executive Officer, Tom Kertis – Your Neighbors

A Letter from Our President & Chief Executive Officer, Tom Kertis
Summertime Struggles Did you know that many of our neighbors actually dread the coming of summer? Instead of looking forward to relaxing vacations or summertime fun, they are worrying about how they will feed their kids since school-provided meals are over, and if they can afford childcare until school is back in session, or whether there will be any money left over after the exorbitant costs of utility bills to fight the Arizona heat. The good news is, these struggling… Read More

50th Anniversary and Hunger Action Month

50th Anniversary and Hunger Action Month 1
Celebrating 50 Years The world’s first food bank is now the first food bank to turn 50 years old. St. Mary’s Food Bank will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017-18, giving the public may ways to salute the guiding vision of founder John Van Hengel . The fun begins in September with Hunger Action Month presented by Arby’s. It’s 30 ways in 30 days when you can help end hunger in Arizona though actions and donations of food, funds and… Read More

Phoenix Canstruction 2017 Recap

Phoenix Canstruction 2017 Recap
Every year St. Mary’s Food Bank gets a huge donation of food from architects, engineers, contractors, design firms, and design students who all participate in Phoenix Canstruction. Phoenix Canstruction is an amazing event, hosted by the Society for Marketing Professional Services, that invites teams to get creative and make structures entirely out of canned goods! 51,000 lbs. donated! From dump trucks to tractors and Mr. T to Mario, these teams took up to seven hours to create some incredible structures all… Read More

Tom Oliver: Volunteer of Month

We would like to congratulate Tom Oliver at Paulden Christian Fellowship for being our August Volunteer of the Month! Tom has been volunteering at the Paulden Food Pantry since 2013. He started attending Christian Fellowship Church and asked if how he could help the community. Pastor Oliver Thomas asked Tom if he would like to volunteer at the Food Pantry. Tom first started helping with the distribution and cleaning around the food pantry, after a few months of volunteering he… Read More

Agency Spotlight: Teen Challenge of Arizona Christian Life Ranch

This month we would like to spotlight Teen Challenge of Arizona Christian Life Ranch and the work their residents are doing through a unique partnership. Teen Challenge is a national program that provides recovery services for individuals struggling with addiction through their various residential programs and outreach services. Teen Challenge has been in Arizona for about 51 years and has specialized centers for adolescents, women, men, and children. Christian Life Ranch, one of their men’s residential locations, is described as… Read More

Rethink Your Drinks and Hydrate This Summer

Arizona summers can be brutal and proper hydration is important to everyone.  Our bodies are composed of 60-75% water and maintaining good hydration is necessary for optimal health and basic body function. With so many choices out there, from sugary carbonated drinks, caffeinated and other enhances sports drinks, it is easy to think we are taking enough fluids on to maintain optimal health. The truth is these items do not properly hydrate you! In fact, they may even cause dehydration… Read More

Sheria Liles: SMFBA’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Month

Sheria Liles: SMFBA’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations to Sheria Liles, our SMFBA July Volunteer of the Month! We would like to highlight Sheria’s work at Food for Families- Bullhead City Food Bank. Sheria is the Director of the Food Bank, and serves in this position as a volunteer. In addition to serving the Bullhead City community, Sheria and her team also go to Golden Valley and Golden Shores and host distributions at each location once a month. Additionally, Sheria has led the charge in raising the… Read More

28,000 Hours of Service

Congratulations Mary Jane at Banner Olive Branch—SMFBA June Volunteer of the Month!   Mary Jane is passionate about helping others in need and says that she received this gift from her father, Marvin Gibson, who was one of the original founders of the Westside Food Bank. Mary Jane first started volunteering at Banner Olive Branch in the spring of 1990.  Her first role was operating their food distribution program, called Care Club, which worked alongside Westside Food Bank.  Since then… Read More

Food for Fines

Food for Fines
Pay off library fines with food donations and help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance during the 2017 “Food for Fines” grace period April 8-23 at all 17 Phoenix public libraries. Phoenix – National Library Week 2017 is April 9th – April 15th and Phoenix Public Library is celebrating by once again helping you get out of debt – at least when it comes to overdue books. Yes, it’s the time of year you’ve been waiting for! Come into any of… Read More