Take Action Against Hunger, Feed a Struggling Neighbor

Today, you can help feed a hungry neighbor. Right here in our area we distribute enough food for 250,000 meals every day to people at risk of going hungry.

We believe that everyone should have access to food. That is why September Hunger Action Month is so important – 30 days of focusing on ending hunger and increasing awareness that there is still a lot to be done.

For example, the steeply rising cost of food, rent and basic necessities is making it extremely difficult for low-income families, seniors and others in need. Our neighbors are suffering.

There are seniors who have worked hard all their lives, yet they are skipping meals to pay for their medications. If not for St. Mary’s, they would have nothing to eat.

Imagine children going to school hungry. They can’t concentrate on schoolwork because their stomachs are growling. Boys and girls from low-income families have the most difficult time on Mondays because they have had very little to eat over the weekend. They are tired and have very little energy.

But you can make a real difference by taking action today!

For every $1 you send, we can distribute enough food for 7 meals. Just think how many neighbors you can help today! Thank you for your continued partnership to fight hunger in our community.

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 6 is also Devin Booker Bobblehead night, with the first 5,000 fans receiving a bobblehead of the Suns star guard. Call 602-343-3160 for more information.


Phoenix, AZ (Oct. 20, 2017) – Subway® is taking National Sandwich Day global with World Sandwich Day. On Friday, Nov. 3, more than 40,000 Subway® restaurants in more than 60 countries will invite customers to join its “Live Feed” by enjoying a special offer that will help fight hunger around the world.

In the U.S., when customers visit Subway® and buy a sandwich and a 30 oz. drink, they will get a free sandwich, plus Subway® will donate a meal* to Feeding America®.

“Last year, our customers helped us make history with the largest single-day donation to Feeding America – 11 million meals,” said Subway® President and CEO Suzanne Greco. “This year’s unprecedented initiative will include thousands of Subway® restaurants around the globe.  We’re excited to bring together our customers, franchisees and communities to inspire global action around hunger.”

In the U.S., one out of eight people struggle with hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That means 41 million people across the country, including nearly 13 million children and more than 5 million seniors, don’t have enough to eat.  Subway® and Feeding America® are addressing this serious issue for the second consecutive year to help fight hunger in the U.S.

“Hunger affects millions of individuals and families in communities across America,” said Feeding America® CEO Diana Aviv. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Subway® to help people who may not know where they will find their next meal.”

Visit feedingamerica.org to learn more about Feeding America®.  Also join the conversation with Subway® on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

How You Can Help this Hunger Action Month

Hunger hurts people in every corner of the United States, including Arizona. All told, 48 million Americans are experiencing hunger. Worst of all, 15 million of them are children suffering due to circumstances beyond their control.

Thankfully, this catastrophic problem has a solution. Through your support of St. Mary’s Food Bank, you’re helping lead the fight to end hunger. This month, you can unite with caring people all across the country to feed hungry Americans. Here are three simple, direct ways to make a difference during September, Hunger Action Month.

3 Ways To Take Action

1) Give Food/Funds

Host a food or fund drive through your school, company, or church. Your canned goods or boxed items will feed a person in need. Every $1 you donate will provide 7 meals.

2) Donate Time

Volunteers form the backbone of the Food Bank. Please visit Volunteer.FirstFoodBank.org to learn about volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups.

3) Pay Tribute

Interested in acknowledging someone special in your life via a thoughtful gift to the food bank? Contact development@firstfoodbank.org or call (602) 343-2534 to learn more.

For more ways to participate in Hunger Action Month, visit http://www.stmarysfoodbank.org/get-involved/

Ready For The Next 50 Years

This fall, St. Mary’s Food Bank celebrates 50 years of improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. Thanks to support from steadfast friends like you, we’ve been able to feed thousands upon thousands of hungry children, seniors and families.

That’s a remarkable achievement, and you should feel proud to have changed so many lives for the better. Here at St. Mary’s Food Bank, we’re inspired by your generosity and courage. Arizonans have always been leaders in the fight against hunger, stretching all the way back to our humble beginnings as the world’s first food bank.

Your example serves to motivate us for the long fight ahead. We can’t afford to rest on our laurels — not when there are still so many people counting on us in this community. Every day, children are trying — and failing — to fall asleep at night in spite of the hunger pains. Seniors spend their days unsure if they’ll be able to put dinner on the table. So many families don’t even know they’ll need us yet.

With you on our side, I know we can help them. Thank you for your ongoing support of St. Mary’s Food Bank. Your generosity means the world to us as we look ahead to the next 50 years of service.

Best wishes this summer,

Tom Kertis

President and Chief Executive Offer

Live Attempt For World-Record To Promote Oregano’s Charity Event

PHOENIX — While Michelle Lesco, Major League Eating’s #2 ranked female eater, tries to make a pasta meal disappear in world-record time, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro and its guests will make 50,000 pasta meals appear for needy families in the Valley with the Carbs For A Cause charity event during the week of September 18th.

Lesco, a Tucson resident who recently finished second in the 2017 Nathans’ Hot Dog Eating contest (eating 32-1/2 hot dogs in 10 minutes), will set her sights on pasta in a kickoff record-try set for Monday, September 18 at 8 a.m. at the Oregano’s Old Town Scottsdale location. Currently, the Guinness World Record for eating a bowl of pasta is 41 seconds, held by Canadian Peter “Furious Pete” Czerwinski.

Lesco, 33, a Major League Eating “Humanitarian of the Year,” says she’s excited to take aim at the pasta record while bringing attention to Oregano’s charity event, which goes on all week at the pizza joint’s 15 Valley locations.

“I’ve been training, I love Oregano’s and I’m ready,” says Lesco, a teacher who weighs in at a svelte 112 pounds when she’s not packing down hot dogs and a personal best 150 chicken wings in 10 minutes. “Bring on the noodles!”

Oregano’s founder and CEO Mark S. Russell is also ready – for Carbs With a Cause, which for the second consecutive year gives guests two ways to help hungry families in need through Oregano’s partnership with St. Mary’s, which this year is celebrating the food bank’s 50th anniversary. Guests can help by:

Buying a pasta dish at any Valley Oregano’s between September 18th and 22nd. For every pasta dish sold between 9/18 and 9/22, Oregano’s will donate three pasta meals to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Buying a special edition “House of Carbs” T-Shirt at Oreganos.com. For every $20 t-shirt sold, Oregano’s will donate one week of pasta meals for a family of four to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

“We’re excited about Michelle trying to break a record and we’re thrilled to help 50,000 people get a much-needed pasta meal,” said Russell. “We’ve been feeding families heaping pasta dishes for almost a quarter century. We’re putting our energy into Carbs For A Cause because we very much want to share the great feeling a pasta meal brings with the families who rely on St. Mary’s Food Bank.”

Founded in 1993, Oregano’s has 15 Valley locations, plus five locations outside metro Phoenix. Specializing in original Chicago-style thin crust, stuffed and pan pizzas, as well as abundant specialty salads and pastas, Oregano’s menu continues to be inspired by recipes passed down from Russell’s family.







Phoenix – Thursday, Sept. 14 is “GO ORANGE DAY,’ where St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance encourages everyone to wear Orange – the color of hunger – and show their support for those in need.

More than one in five Arizonans struggle with hunger each day of the year. One in four children isn’t able to enjoy three meals a day. And each September, food banks across the country attempt to raise awareness and encourage activities designed to help those in need during Hunger Action Month.

Events planned for GO ORANGE DAY include:

***Arizona politicians and television personalities will be wearing GO ORANGE ties, scarves and other clothing to mark the day and will be sending out photos and tweeting their support of Hunger Action Month. We invite everyone to do the same and use the hash tag #GoOrange and tag us @StMarysFoodBank so we can post your unique support of this effort.

****Governor Doug Ducey has proclaimed September 2017 as Hunger Action Month in the state of Arizona. The State Capitol Dome will glow orange on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14-15 to help raise awareness of hunger in Arizona.

***Arizona’s tallest building, the 483-foot Chase Tower in Phoenix, will glow orange – the color of hunger – on Thursday as a reminder of those who go to bed hungry each day. Chase employees will also hold a food drive during September.

*** ***How else can YOU help? It’s as simple as forgoing that designer coffee or brown-bagging your lunch and donating the savings to St. Mary’s at www.firstfoodbank.org. Every donation of five dollars will allow the food bank to distribute enough food for 35 meals into the community.

There are many other ways to help and many other companies, churches and groups who will hold events or volunteer their time during Hunger Action Month. Log on to www.firstfoodbank.org for a full calendar of St. Mary’s “30 Ways in 30 Days” activities. Pick out the ones that appeal to you – or better yet, come up with an idea to help and let us know what you’re up to on Facebook (www.facebook.com/firstfoodbank or Twitter (www.twitter.com/StMarysFoodBank ) so we can help spotlight your efforts!


St. Mary’s And Makutu’s Island Join Forces Friday, Sept. 8th

PHOENIX – Makutu’s Island is supporting Hunger Action Month and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s 50th Anniversary Celebration this September. And they are helping to fight childhood hunger by offering two great ways to earn FREE admission to their family fun center on Friday, September 8.

Anyone who brings a donation of five (5) canned food items will receive FREE admission to Makutu’s Island (6919 West Ray Road in Chandler) all day on Friday Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.). The normal entrance prices for children ($11.99 plus tax) and adult will be waived on this special day to help the more than one in four Arizona children who struggle with hunger in Arizona.

Want an even better deal? Donate 10 cans on Sept. 8 and Makutu’s Island will present you with a complimentary FUNtastic Pass, packed with great deals from other local businesses including free admission to Makutu’s Island for the rest of September.

Bottled water and packaged noodles (spaghetti, ramen, etc.) and cereal are not accepted for this drive. St. Mary’s most needed items as it heads toward the holiday season are peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables and canned proteins like tuna, beans and ready-to-eat meals.


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Makutu’s Island is one of America’s largest indoor play places, is a trip into fantasy and adventure for children of all ages and a perfect way to beat the Arizona heat.   Designed with a tropical theme, Makutu’s is a lush, exciting indoor “island” with towering trees, climbs, bungee, zip tracker, arcade, café, theater, toddler zone and mysterious caves.

The centerpiece of Makutu’s Island is its magnificent indoor tree.   Filled with tunnels, tubes, mole-holes and slides, the magnificent tree offers hours of fun and adventure.   Around the tree’s perimeter, guests will find animals carved within its extensive roots and a comical three-animal totem pole.  Within the majestic tree,  the “snake” slide is a sure thrill as it starts on the forth level in the air and winds more than 35 feet around the outside of the tree to its base.

“We are incredibly proud to support St. Mary’s Food Bank and Hunger Action Month and give back to the community,” Makutu’s Island spokesman Roy Peterson said. “With the kids back to school and the holidays right around the corner, the food bank is distributing more than 45,000 emergency food boxes to families and children in need each month. They need our help and we invite everyone to take advantage of these great offers.”

For more information on the Matuku’s food drive, visit the Makutu’s Island website www.makutusisland.com or call (480) 344-3740.