Monthly Archives: November 2009


Arizona State and University of Arizona football fans don’t agree on much, but they do have a chance to work together before Saturday’s annual showdown at Sun Devil Stadium and to help those in the state struggling to feed their families.

The first annual “Territorial Cup Series Food Fight,” sponsored by State Farm Insurance, will take place outside the stadium in the hours leading up to kickoff. Demand has doubled for emergency holiday food boxes during the early stages of this holiday season, and St. Mary’s Food Bank is hoping fans from both teams will help with donations of non-perishable food and cash that will go immediately to work in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties.

Volunteers from ASU4Food and State Farm Insurance will be stationed at numerous food-drop locations surrounding the stadium. The ASU4Food group is also holding a raffle and those who donate are eligible to win a football or Sun Devil Stadium panoramic photo autographed by ASU coach Dennis Erickson.


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Help St. Mary’s at Amante’s Second Annual Wine and Food Festival

Come experience wines from all over the world donated by Amante Divine Wine & Spirits as they feature dozens of wines that will surprise and delight you at Amante’s Second Annual Wine and Food Festival on Monday, Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Eddie’s House (7042 E. Indian School Road).

Premier Phoenix Cheese Shop Petite Fromage will provide an eclectic selection of fare while Chef Eddie Matney will pair the wines with some of his signature dishes.

Tickets are $1 per tasting of wine and food, with all proceeds benefiting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. The Food Bank will also be accepting cash and non-perishable food donations at the door to help Arizona families have a memorable holiday dinner this season.

For more information, call Eddie’s House at (480) 946-1622 or log on to

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Big car show and canned food drive

The Laguna Village Shopping Center (5865 West Ray Road – the Southeast corner of Ray and Kyrene Roads in Chandler) will play host to a big car show and canned food drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank this Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All makes and models of cars and trucks are welcome. So it’s time to Rev up the Chevy! Gas up the Ford! Polish the Packard! Shine the Shelby! Load up the family and come on over to Laguna Village for a day of fun

This FREE event will include music and a raffle for some cool prices. But it’s really all about collecting canned food donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, with 100 percent of the donations going directly toward easing the 50 percent increase in demand this holiday season.

For more information, contact, Dawn Sullivan at (480) 600-7601

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2009 Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Sterling Award

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is proud to have been named as a finalist in the Non-Profit category by the 2009 Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Sterling Award Committee.

Volunteer judges annually select nominees for the Sterling Award that demonstrate excellence, innovation and community stewardship. The award is one of the most coveted business awards in the Valley and involves a rigorous application, judging and selection process.

St. Mary’s thanks the Sterling Award Committee for its nomination and congratulates the other nominees for this distinctive honor.
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Weight Watchers Food Drive Tips the Scales at More Than 17,000 Pounds

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank the members of the five Valley Weight watcher locations for a tremendous effort in their 2009 Food Drive.

After collecting more than 9,300 pounds of food in 2008, the Weight Watchers staff and members really turned up their efforts and collected 17,828 pounds to help the Food Bank at a very critical time. The 51st Avenue and Cactus location in Phoenix brought in more than 5,000 pounds alone, while the locations at 14537 Grand Avenue and 350 East Bell Road each totaled over 4,000.

On behalf of the nearly 18,000 members of the community that will enjoy meals because of your generosity … Thank you Weight Watchers!

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