Monthly Archives: July 2009

Thank you…

St. Mary’s would like to thank Julie Jakubek of Allstate for her continued support and advocacy of the Food Bank.

For the sixth year in a row, Julie specifically requested a grant from Allstate to support those in need in her community, and was rewarded with enough funds to provide more than 3,500 meals through the food bank.

A big thanks to Julie and Allstate as they annually support St. Mary’s in its mission, and for being active in her community.

Julie Jakubek of Allstate and Christina Calio of SMFBA Development Department

Julie Jakubek of Allstate and Christina Calio of SMFBA Development Department

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SUPER BANDS EARTH, WIND & FIRE, CHICAGO FIGHT HUNGER AT JULY 24 SHOW IN GLENDALE

Fans attending Jobing.com Arena concert can earn a chance to download
3 new songs by the bands with a donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

Click here to read more.

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Bashas’ a model corporate citizen for Arizona’s hungry

The Association of Arizona Food Banks and Arizona’s food-bank network were saddened to learn of Bashas’ recent bankruptcy filing. Over the years, Bashas’ has been a model corporate citizen, community partner and stellar example of charitable support. It has also been a tremendous asset to Arizona’s food banks for more than 40 years, ever since St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – the nation’s first food bank – opened its doors in Phoenix in 1967.

Since then, Bashas’ has continued to provide food, financial and promotional support to Arizona’s food banks, amongst numerous worthy causes. Bashas’ was the first grocery store to regularly have food banks come to its stores to pick up donated meat, dairy, produce, bread and other staples that were about to expire or were otherwise unsalable. This concept has since been emulated by other grocery stores and has saved millions of pounds of food from being thrown out annually – instead providing thousands of meals to hungry Arizonans. Bashas’ leadership has made a world of difference in the way corporate Arizona supports food banks, pantries, soup kitchens and many other charities.

Beyond food donations, Bashas’ has provided many other services to Arizona’s citizens and our foodbank network. To this day, Bashas’ continues to operate its Diné markets on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in northeastern Arizona, as well as Bashas’ stores in other Native American communities throughout the state where no other grocery stores were present for many years. Without Bashas’, where would residents of those rural, underserved communities purchase food?

In the East Valley, Bashas’ has graciously provided regular maintenance and service to United Food Bank’s delivery trucks for many years now. This has saved United Food Bank thousands of dollars annually, allowing it to purchase more food for the communities it serves. Bashas’ was also instrumental in the formation of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year as one of the most successful state associations in the country.

Without Bashas’ support, AAFB would not be able to provide as much for its member food banks through advocacy, food purchase and the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project trucking and logistics operation.

We firmly believe Bashas’ will emerge from this chapter of its history as an even more strategic, vibrant organization dedicated to serving the people of Arizona. Now more than ever, we commend Bashas’ for its legacy of service to the people and communities they serve.

by Ginny Hildebrand

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2009/07/18/20090718hildebrand18.html

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Hotel offers free night to Tempe volunteers

Tempe, AZ – Sage Hospitality will give away free night stays for guests who can prove that they completed at least eight hours of community service between July 1 and Dec. 20.
http://www.evliving.com/2009/07/09/8170/hotel-offers-free-night/

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Free cones, dogs at Wienerschnitzel

Free cones and chili dogs will be given away Tuesday at all 14 Wienerschnitzel locations in metro Phoenix, including two in Chandler.

The promotion at the fast-food chain will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Customers get a choice of a cone or a dog.

The Chandler sites are on the northwestern corner of McQueen and Warner roads, and at Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo Road.

Information: wienerschnitzel.com.

Free cones, dogs at Wienerschnitzel

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twtpoll :: How do you like to support your local Food Bank? (via )

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Food Banks See Desperate Need for Water

This weekend, temperatures are supposed to hit 115 degrees — or even higher. When it’s that hot out, food banks are desperate for water.

St. Mary’s Food Bank is busy. Demand is up 127 percent, while donations are a different story.

“For the first time this year, donations have really slacked off. Because it’s summer people are out of town and even though the shelves look full, the one thing they really need right now is water,” says Jerry Brown, who works at St. Mary’s.

The water bottles they have right now have been purchased — meaning there’s less money to purchase food. That’s why they need your donations.

“We had a great month in June, we didn’t hear too much of a yell for water when temps were in the 90’s. All the sudden temps jump up to 110, 115 and the demand skyrockets.”

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/consumers/food_banks_need_water_07_07_2009

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