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 Mary Jane’s volunteer roles have evolved. She is now ordering and organizing office supplies, answering phones, and filing documents for the senior center. She is also in charge of scheduling all of the home-bound meal deliveries. Ivy Glinski, Director of the Senior Center, describes Mary Jane as a “walking encyclopedia” with her vast knowledge and experience from volunteering in Sun City and Banner Olive Branch. Without her support, Banner Olive Branch would be very hard pressed to continue to do what they do on a daily basis to help those in need. This past month, Mary Jane celebrated her 28,000th volunteer hour with Banner Olive Branch. It’s because of her commitment and dedication that we would like to congratulate all of her amazing work and name her our SMFBA June Volunteer of the Month!
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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.”