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.”
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank the accounting and financial agencies that took part in our 18th Annual Hill of Beans food drive competition. ‘Bean counting’ companies from around the valley collected food and funds during the month of August in an effort alleviate hunger in Arizona….AND to be named the Chief Bean Counter. Each pound of food counted as one bean, and each dollar counted as seven beans. The total amount of beans collected was 49,599! We’ve tallied the individual results and we have a winner!
Our Chief Bean Counters this year is REDW with 25,025 beans! We can’t thank them enough!
Also participating this year:
Thank you to everyone for participating! We couldn’t do what we do without the generous support of our donors!
This week, the U.S. House and Senate are expected to vote on FY2016 Budget Resolutions – and SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is being targeted. SNAP has extraordinary strengths, yet some would make disastrous changes to a program that serves millions of children, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, jobless adults seeking work, and those working – often multiple jobs – just to make ends meet.
In Arizona, 48% of SNAP participants are kids. That’s nearly a half million children who rely on SNAP benefits for their basic nutrition, and critical since 29% of children in Arizona go to bed hungry each night.
We need your voice – and the voices of thousands of others – to say that Congress should support SNAP.
St. Mary’s Food Bank joins our national partners Feeding America and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) in showing the wide support for SNAP from people across the county.
Call Congress today!
Call Congress is easy. Here’s how:
- Just dial our toll free number, (888) 398-8702, listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
- Once you are connected to your first Member of Congress, state that you are a constituent, and give your name and the town you are calling from.
- Let them know you are calling about the budget and deliver this important message: As your constituent and supporter/employee of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, I am calling you today to ask you to vote against any efforts to cut or block-grant hunger-relief programs like SNAP when you consider the budget resolution. SNAP benefits have already been cut twice in the last two years. Our clients rely on these programs, and St. Mary’s Food Bank will be unable to meet the need in our community if these programs are cut. Please find a more responsible way to balance the budget.
Be sure to dial back in and speak with both of your senators and your representative.
Also, please sign the petition today and share it widely with your family and friends. Join us and tell Congress you want and end to hunger in America, not ill-considered budget proposals that would increase it.
Thank you for advocating for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance!