Monthly Archives: November 2008

Emergency Food Box Distribution Hits All-Time High



 PHOENIX—In the three days leading up to Thanksgiving, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance has delivered a record-breaking amount of emergency food boxes to the community affected by the downturn in the economy. Families who have been affected by employment layoffs, the mortgage crisis and rising healthcare costs need assistance more now than ever before, as shown in overall distribution of emergency food. The emergency food boxes contain enough food to feed a family of four for three days.

During Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, the total for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance distribution, including the agencies we serve, has been 5,928 emergency food boxes.


3,376 holiday emergency boxes distributed for ALL St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

2,213 (last year, same days)

Within the total distribution of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, which includes several sites such as 31st Avenue Location, Glendale and Westside, we saw a dramatic increases in Glendale and Phoenix locations.


1153 holiday emergency boxes distributed

        593 (last year, same days)



1,854 holiday emergency boxes distributed

1,000 (last year, same days)

To make a food donation, our facilities will be open today until 6 p.m.

-Central Phoenix at 2831 N. 31st Avenue

-Westside at 13050 W. Elm Street in Surprise

And until 4 p.m. at

-Glendale at 5605 N. 55th Avenue in Phoenix.

Despite the dramatic changes in food costs this year, we are still able to distribute enough food for 7 meals with every $1 of support the community sends.

• $25 provides enough food to fill 4 emergency food boxes

• $50 provides enough food to fill 9 emergency food boxes

• $100 provides enough food to fill 19 emergency food boxes

To make a financial contribution, you can make a secure donation online at


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St. Mary’s Food Bank Needs 8,000 Turkeys

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Vote Ava for the Mermaid Jingle Jam!

votenow_headerChicken of the Sea’s catchy jingle has been around since the 1960s, and since then, people around the world have been singing the famous tune. Now, we need your help to continue to keep the jingle a hit by voting for our local jingle maker, Ava Peeples.

By voting in the Mermaid Jingle Jam for Feeding America, you’ll be helping put seafood into the hands of hungry Americans in the Phoenix Metro Area, as the food bank associated with the grand-prize winner will be awarded $100,000 of Chicken of the Sea seafood!

Click here to vote for her (and you can vote up to 3x a day per email.) Send the word out and help St. Mary’s Food Bank!

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Are You a Small Business in Need of Marketing?

Marketing Advisor Mike Shubic

Marketing Advisor Mike Shubic


Group to assist small businesses in exchange for donations to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

WHAT:  Just in time for the holidays, Valley marketers are assisting small businesses weather the economic recession, while also helping St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance shore up desperately needed food donations – with a free 2-hour marketing workshop in exchange for non-perishable food donations (minimum 5 each). Food donations will be collected at the workshop.

WHO:  The Fast Forward Marketing Braintrust, a new organization formed by Valley experts in new media, digital, public relations, branding, sales force development and other marketing-related disciplines. With 87 years of combined experience, this team of advisors and mentors has earned numerous accolades and awards on behalf of their marketing efforts.
[Bios at:
[St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance info at:]

WHEN: Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (This is kick-off and registration for the free workshop happening Dec. 8th from 2 to 4 p.m.)

WHERE:  Downtown Phoenix between Arizona Center and Phoenix Convention Ctr along 3rd Street. (Free workshop Dec. 8th at Burton Barr Central Phx Library)

WHY:  To assist small businesses and our community food banks during this challenging economy.

INFO: Visit


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Help AAA Collect 1,000 Jars of Peanut Butter

image003AAA’s Holiday Giving Goal: Collect 1,000 Jars of Peanut Butter 

AAA Arizona is spreading the holiday cheer – with peanut butter.  The auto club is looking to make the holidays happier for area underprivileged families with a statewide drive that aims to collect toys as well as the item most needed by food banks: peanut butter.



The goal is to load a AAA tow truck with at least 1,000 jars of peanut butter to help illustrate the growing need by food banks to receive the simple and nutritious item.


wyatt-pb-2-111108“This year we wanted to make a special effort to collect the item that will have the biggest impact on our children and families,” said Mike Tully, president of AAA Arizona. “Peanut butter runs out quickly at food banks but is a vital protein source for children. We also wanted to educate the community on this need, so they are aware of the impact they are making.” 



From Monday, Nov. 10, through Friday, Dec. 5, AAA is encouraging members and non-members alike to donate plastic jars of peanut butter and new, unwrapped toys at any of its 12 branch locations statewide. All peanut butter collected in the Valley will be donated to the St. Mary’s Food Bank, which provides meals to food banks and families Valley wide.



Toys donated will go to the Family Service Agency (FSA), which collects children’s toys for all age groups. AAA Arizona worked closely with FSA over the holidays last year to launch its first-ever family adoption program that assisted less fortunate families across the state with necessities such as beds, microwaves, clothing and toys, among others.



For a list of branch office locations, visit Visit for a list of suggested toys.



AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and auto travel services to nearly 800,000 Arizona members.  Annually, AAA’s Emergency Road Service responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on the streets and highways of the state as well as providing insurance, travel, and financial services to AAA members and motorists.  Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.  AAA can be visited on the Internet at


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Art for all Generational Hearts!

elizab1brought to you by Elizabeth Wunsch, Volunteerwoman

A beautiful night for an auction. A spanning of generations. A gift for old and young. Art from the Heart!

The Madison Retirement Community in Sun City West wanted to help children in need. Hungry children. How does one do that in an exciting way? What organization has a program to feed hungry children? St. Mary’s Food Bank Kid’s Cafe Program was there answer. The program provides after school meals to children across the Valley who are in need. The meals are prepared each day by senior volunteers at St. Mary’s Food Alliance’s Westside facility.

Older generation extending their hearts to the youngest.

How could one help Kid’s cafe and get the message of “Heart” across? The Madison decided to hold an auction.

An auction of artwork provided by the children who are receiving Kid’s Cafe meals. The artwork depicts their hopes and dreams of the future.

pretty-ladiesMy heart was taken when I felt the joy of one of the seniors when she purchased on of the pictures. Carolyn, a vibrant soul, was ecstatic because she had won the bid on a picture of a veterinary hospital that one young girl had created. Carolyn’s daughter owns five veterinary clinics in New York City and will be receiving this picture as a gift from Carolyn. Hope and joy for three generations! Many fine pieces of hope from aspiring children helped raise money for the Kid’s Cafe Program!

A special shout out to The Madison for an inspiring idea, especially Crystal McRae, the sales/marketing director who helped coordinate the event and Jim and Brigitta Augustine, Managers of The Madison who hosted the unique benefit. Thank you to Peter Piper Pizza who donated pizza prize packs for the students. Kid’s Cafe Queens Laura Brill and Jessica Herrera coordinated the art projects from all the different sites. Hats off to VP of Development Jack Marks and his wife Lois attended and spoke at the event and Business Development Officer Christina Calio championed this event with her enthusiasm to spread the word and get the community rallied behind local businesses for St. Mary’s Food Bank.

How can helping others inspire you? What can you do to bring the generations together and help others in need? The ideas are endless and putting them in action is a community effort worth the sweat equity. If you have an idea you want to put into action, contact us today.

Elizabeth Wunsch, Volunteer (Super) Woman


p.s. For more information on Kid’s Cafe, click this link.


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Want to Lend a Hand? Play Poker!

Casino Arizona’s 6th Annual Poker Tourney
A Portion of the Proceeds from the Tournament Benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank

casino-arizonaContinuing what has become a Thanksgiving tradition; Casino Arizona is teaming up, once again, with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance for the annual St. Mary’s Food Bank Turkey Drive No-Limit Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament. The tournament will commence at 9 a.m. on Saturday in the Poker Room at Casino Arizona 101 & Indian Bend and will continue until there is a winner.


Twenty-five of the $50 buy-in will be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank as players of all skill sets compete for a guaranteed prize pool of $12,500. The winner will get $3,100, while the top 40 players will be paid. Additionally, each player will receive a St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance collectible plush turkey doll. Players can begin signing up for the tournament at the poker cage at Casino Arizona 101 & Indian Bend on Nov. 10.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 15
Casino Arizona, 101 and Indian Bend Poker Room
9700 E. Indian Bend, Scottsdale

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