Donation Part of $4 Million National Gift to Feeding America Network in 2010; Kroger Campaign Has Now Donated $20 Million to Food Banks Since Inception
With summer still sizzling and the demand for emergency food still climbing in Arizona, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance will receive another boost from longtime Food Bank supporter Fry’s Food Stores with a $70,000 check to be presented August 12 by Fry’s Zone 1 Operations Supervisor and new St. Mary’s Board of Directors member Nicki Schillhahn-Amos.
The presentation to St. Mary’s is part of Fry’s and The Kroger Co. nationwide “Bring Hope to the Table®” campaign, which will donate $3 million in funds and $1 million in product to help those struggling with hunger in the communities where the company operates. All told, the program has directed $20 million in funds and food to local food banks as they struggle to meet the demand across the country.
This Fry’s donation will allow St. Mary’s to distribute enough food to provide nearly half a million meals (490,000) to clients and agency partners.
In addition, more than two million pounds of fruits, vegetables, breads, pastries and other food is donated by Fry’s annually through St. Mary’s food rescue program, providing food for the more than 500 member agencies at 700 locations around the state who rely on the food bank for their daily food resources. Fry’s also pledged $60,000 as part of St. Mary’s $10.7 million capital campaign and store employees regularly volunteer to help sort donated food and pack Emergency Food Boxes for distribution.
“We are so grateful to Fry’s Food Stores and Kroger for their continued and constant support of food banks and the battle against hunger in Arizona,” said Terry Shannon, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. “The combined donations of time, money and food prove Fry’s commitment to the community and how seriously they are to helping in the battle. We are energized by this latest donation and inspired by their example.”