Monthly Archives: March 2009

Organization of Non-Profit Executives Awards Terry Shannon with the 2009 Community Partnership Award

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance President and CEO Terry Shannon was named a Director of the Year during an awards luncheon on March 20 by ONE, the Organization of Non-Profit Executives. Shannon was awarded the Community Partnership Award in recognition of collaboration between the Food Bank, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services to build a Community Services Campus at the 31st Avenue location.

Opened officially in October 2008, the center was a direct result of close collaboration, led by Shannon, between the three agencies. Now the Community Service Campus offers a federally-directed supplemental nutrition program, WIC, which provides preventive health services and education to women, infants and children most in need, in a new, cheerful, well-designed building that is safe and convenient to the population it serves.

Through a broad network of local partners including the Food Bank, the county and the state, critical services such as breastfeeding support, supplemental meals, emergency food boxes, nutrition and education are available to aid families seeking to get back on their feet and raise healthy children.

“I believe it is a great partnership because both of our organizations, while delivering different products, are working to lift up our community and help those who are having a tough time,” Mr. Shannon said in a letter to Food Bank staff. “Together we deliver ‘hope,’”

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Paradise RV Resort Veterans are choosing to fight hunger!

Paradise RV Resort VeteransThe group, a fairly new one in the Sun Cities area, sponsored a spaghetti dinner in honor of all veterans. More than 350 people attended a fun-filled night and were entertained by a local group, “The Encores,” who practice at the resort three days a week. They also raised $1000 for a worthy cause.

The decision was made by two of the veterans, Myron Lindahl and Art Feyereisen, to donate the money to help feed others less fortunate, many of whom are also veterans.
They had heard St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s Pat Felhaber speak at a church gathering a few days before and realizing the integrity of the organization, the immediate need and the tremendous amount of meals that could be provided with their donation, the decision was made.

A check for $1000 was presented to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance by long-time volunteer Jim Vollmer. Great group. Great night. Great cause. And a big thank you to Paradise RV Veterans!

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Buddy, can you spare a bite?

Buddy, can you spare a bite?

Food banks are struggling to keep up with a significant increase in demand. HLN’s Brooke Baldwin reports.vid

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Middle class families looking to agencies for help

Carmelita Dorsey is trying to make ends meet.

Lately, that has been a struggle.

She packs her kids’ lunches, limits her driving and has started unplugging appliances to save on her family’s skyrocketing utility bill.

A year ago, she and her brother moved in to together to help shoulder the bills.

Still, the 39-year-old Tempe school secretary is struggling.

“Honestly, we live paycheck to paycheck,” she said. “I feel embarrassed. A little bit ashamed. But I’m not out there spending money. I’m not getting my nails done. Everything’s just so expensive.”

Experts say problems like Dorsey’s are becoming more common as middle-class families realize their paychecks are not sufficient to cover the rising cost of living.

To read more visit this link: http://www.azcentral.com/community/ahwatukee/articles/2009/03/06/20090306tr-poverty0307.html

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Help Make St. Mary’s The Peoples Choice!

The Food Bank is participating in the Channel 8-PBS Be More Awards™ on behalf of our Community Kitchen program.

We are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award, given to the non-profit that gets the most votes in an online poll.

Click http://kaet.convio.net/site/PageNavigator/bemore/peoples_choice_poll

Locate St. Mary’s Food Bank on the list and then cast your vote.136971

Ask your friends, relatives, business associates, etc. to join you and help make St. Mary’s the People’s Choice.

Thanks for your support!

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