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 egg candy hunts for eight different ages groups, but lots of fun and entertainment for the entire family. Come enjoy the entertainment, make and take crafts, carnival games, inflatable attractions, petting zoo, pony rides and much more. And don’t forget your camera for memories that will last a lifetime.

The candy hunts begin with 1-year olds at 8:20 a.m.; 2-year-olds at 8:45 a.m.; 3-year-olds at 9:10 a.m.; 4-year-olds at 9:30 a.m.; 5-year-olds at 9:50 a.m.; 6-year-olds at 10:10 a.m.; 7 and 8-year-olds at 10:25 a.m. and 9 and 10-year-olds at 10:40 am. Family scavenger hunts will be held from 8-11 a.m.

The Easter Egg Hunts were initiated in 1976 by Dolly Sanchez, who was a member of the Peoria Community Action Program and Parks and Recreation Board. Because of the success of the hunts, coupled with the city’s growth, the Peoria Community Services Department/Special Events was asked to help in 1983. Thus, a 35-year partnership has developed to improve and expand this fun-filled family event. Through the years, the Easter Egg Hunts from Varney Park, to seven Peoria neighborhood parks, and finally in 1994 to Peoria Sports Complex.

11th Annual Super Saturday Turkey Drive

Phoenix – 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 11th annual Super Saturday Turkey Drive, presented by Mobile Mini, on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Food Bank locations in Phoenix and Surprise as well as 28 Albertsons and Safeway locations around the Valley striving to meet the anticipated need for the 2017 holiday season.

The Food Bank distributed more than 12,000 Holiday Food Boxes in the three days leading up to Thanksgiving in 2016. Each year, hopes are that each will contain a turkey and other assorted holiday dinner items giving Arizona families the chance to enjoy the comforting tradition of a holiday meal.

In addition to helping reach the goal of 7,000 donated turkeys, St. Mary’s Food Bank staff and scores of volunteers will gladly accept any monetary or food donations (both perishable and non-perishable) on Super Saturday. All donors are invited to register for a chance to win a $500 Gift Card for Travel donated by American Airlines.

“As the CEO of one of Arizona’s largest publicly traded companies, I am proud to serve on the board of St. Mary’s Food Bank and roll up my sleeves on Super Saturday alongside hundreds of volunteers,” Mobile Mini President and CEO Erik Olsson said. “I will be joined by Mobile Mini employees and their families in helping combat hunger this holiday season.”

Look for the giant inflatable turkey and smiling St. Mary’s volunteers ready for your visit at the following 30 Super Saturday locations around the Valley:

St. Mary’s Food Bank Locations:

2831 N 31st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009
13050 W Elm St, Surprise AZ 85378

Albertson’s Locations:

5040 W Cactus Rd, Glendale AZ 85304
8035 N 19th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021
2785 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85257
6965 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85250
10665 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028
8950 W Bell Rd, Peoria AZ 85382
18411 N Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix AZ 85032
8240 W Deer Valley Rd, Peoria, AZ 85382
3130 W Carefree Hwy, Phoenix AZ 85086
21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix AZ 85050

Safeway Locations:

520 W Osborn Rd, Phoenix AZ 85013
10926 W Bell Rd, Sun City AZ 85373
340 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix AZ 85003
4747 E Elliot Rd, Phoenix AZ 85044
5860 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale AZ 85306
1500 E Cedar Ave, Flagstaff AZ 86001
6501 E Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale AZ 85254
10773 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85254
13733 Fountain Hills Blvd, Fountain Hills AZ 85268
23565 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85255
20901 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85255
4005 E Chandler Blvd, Phoenix AZ 85044
13440 N 7th St, Phoenix AZ 85022
3132 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix AZ 85016
13503 Camino del Sol, Sun City West AZ 85375
4750 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix AZ 85018
550 E Bell Rd, Phoenix AZ 85022
5035 W Baseline Rd, Laveen AZ 85339

Thank you Tyson Foods!

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St. Mary’s has been able to provide more healthy protein to families in need over the last several months thanks to a Tyson Foods Protein Innovation grant. This grant has allowed us to develop a partnership with JBS Tolleson who now repackages and donates meat to St. Mary’s Food Bank. An estimated 190,000 pounds of ground beef will now be distributed throughout Arizona to people who need it most! Thank you Tyson & JBS!

Morgan Stanley Grant to Expand Program Delivering Nutritious Meals to AZ Children & Families

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance recently received a $50,000 grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to fund its BackPack Program, which helps to ensure students continue to receive nutritious food during school breaks.

The grant is part of the Morgan Stanley Foundation’s recently announced $8 million, four-year pledge to support Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks, and its children’s hunger and produce programs. Since the firm’s partnership with Feeding America launched in 2009, the Foundation has given over $21 million, including $60,000 to St. Mary’s.

“We are thrilled to receive this important grant from the Morgan Stanley Foundation in support of our efforts to deliver more nutritious meals to children and families in Phoenix,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO Tom Kertis.  “Morgan Stanley and its employees provide vital support for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance by generous contributions like this and many hours volunteering.”

St. Mary’s BackPack Program puts nutritious food directly into the hands of children at risk of hunger by filling backpacks with staples like peanut butter, milk, cereal, bread and canned goods.  With this program, children who are eligible to receive reduced-price or free lunch at school can get the nutrition they need, even when they are not in school over weekends or long breaks.

“We are honored to be able to help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in its important fight against child hunger,” said Morgan Stanley Complex Manager Rob Gaines. “Our employees volunteer regularly with St. Mary’s so we are delighted to extend our support through this grant and provide even more children with the foods they need to learn, grow and thrive.”

Panda Express to Donate 10% of Sales on June 8th

ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK A RECIPIENT OF FIRST-EVER PANDA EXPRESS “FAMILY DAY” ON MONDAY, JUNE 8 AT ALL ITS LOCATIONS 

Panda Express to donate 10% of Sales on June 8 up to $1 Million to Food Banks to Feed Hungry Families during Summer Months 

Panda Express is partnering with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and other Feeding America food banks for the restaurant’s first-ever “Family Day” on Monday, June 8 – a one-day promotion dedicated to celebrating families and the restaurant’s family-owned heritage by helping address hunger for families in America.

Panda Express has made it easy to help. For every plate purchased at a Panda location on Monday, June 8 10 percent of the purchase will be donated to Feeding America and its member food banks, up to $1 million. Funds generated at local Panda Express restaurants will directly benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank and other food banks.

“There are 49 million Americans struggling with hunger and we want help. To do our part we are excited to announce our first annual Family Day event which will benefit Feeding America and member food banks,” said Peggy Cherng, co-CEO and co-founder of the Panda Restaurant Group. “The heart of Family Day is about families coming together to help families in need within our communities. By partnering with Feeding America and with the help of our Panda family we will help more families get the food they need.”

Founders and co-CEOs, Andrew and Peggy Cherng, created Family Day to give their customers an easy way to help families in their own backyard, while raising awareness about the issue on a national level. Panda Express, which includes 1,750 locations across the country, will donate 10 percent of the day’s sales up to $500,000. The Cherngs have pledged to personally match that goal dollar for dollar, totaling up to the expected $1 million donation.

“Panda Express is a great new partnership and we look forward to seeing Family Day in action on June 8,” said Beverly Damore, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. “The Family Day promotion aligns well with the very core of our work – to help families in need when they need it most. We are excited that people across Arizona can participate in a way that directly helps families in our own community.”

For more information, please visit http://www.pandaexpress.com/familyday

Scouting for Food coming up: January 31st

The Boys Scout’s are putting their promises to “give goodwill” & “to help other people at all times” into action during their annual Scouting for Food drive. Scouting for Food is scheduled for January 31, 2015, when Scouts throughout the Grand Canyon Council help make a difference to fight hunger. In partnership with local food banks this council-wide service project begins Saturday, January 24th as Scouts distribute door hangers in their neighborhoods to announce the upcoming food drive. Scouts return the following Saturday, January 31st to pick up and deliver donations to their local food banks and pantries, including St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Beverly Damore, President and CEO of the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance said, “With one in five Arizonans and one in four children in need of emergency food in Arizona, donations of non-perishable food are more important than ever. The increases in food demand will deplete St. Mary’s resources quickly. We so appreciate the Boy Scouts helping those in through the Scouting for Food Drive and encourage everyone to donate in this very quick and convenient way.”

St. Mary’s Food Bank Scouting for Food Drop-off locations:

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
Del E. Webb Center | Main Warehouse Location
2831 N. 31st Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Phone: (602) 242-FOOD (3663)
Fax: (480) 393-4511
10a – 2pm

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
Surprise
13050 W. Elm St.
Surprise, AZ 85378
Phone: (602) 242-FOOD (3663)
Fax: (480) 275-3233
10a – 2pm

To find out more about the “2015 Scouting for Food Drive,” please go online today to www.grandcanyonbsa.org/food