Monthly Archives: September 2010

THE NUMBER OF WORKING AGE POOR CONTINUES TO CLIMB

The latest poverty statistics show why St. Mary’s is distributing more food than ever before and seeing more first-time visitors in the form of families who used to donate food, time and money to the Food Bank.

“Some people who used to donate $100 a week are now at our doorstep asking for food,” said Jerry Brown, a spokesman for St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Brown estimates that St. Mary’s, which is the largest food bank in the country, had more than 1 million first-time visitors this year.

From 2008 to 2009, the amount of food given out by St. Mary’s almost doubled, jumping from 43 million pounds to 72 million pounds, Brown said.

To view entire article, please follow the link below:


http://www.yourwestvalley.com/surprise/article_b4d3172a-cb20-11df-b40a-001cc4c002e0.html

For information on how you can help, please visit our website at: www.FirstFoodBank.org

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LAST WEEK FOR VALLEY HIGH SCHOOLS TO JOIN 2010 NATIONAL STUDENT FOOD DRIVE

With a record 26 Valley High Schools already in the fold, the Arizona branch of the 2010 National Student Food Drive is now close at hand with the kickoff meeting set for Tuesday, Oct. 12 at St. Mary’s Food Bank’s University of Phoenix Programs Center (3003 W. Thomas Road.)

Schools that are already signed up for the four-week cash and food drive include: Apollo, Arcadia, Basha, Cactus, Carl Hayden, Centennial, Chaparral, Crestview Academy, Dysart, Ironwood, Liberty, Marcos de Niza, Moon Valley, Peoria, Raymond Kellis, Sandra Day O’Connor, Shadow Mountain, South Mountain, South Ridge, Sunrise Mountain, Tempe, Thunderbird, Trevor Browne, Westview, Willow Canyon and the defending champions from Mountain Ridge.

If your school – or your neighborhood’s school – is on the confirmed list, mark down Oct. 12 – Nov. 12 and help your team with its goals. If not, there is still time for your high school to join! Your Student Council, National Honor Society, DECA club or other student organization is encouraged to take part in the drive to help feed the more than 1 million Arizonans currently dealing with food insecurity. One in four Arizona children will go to bed hungry tonight.

The top schools will win prizes ranging from Phoenix Coyotes and Harkins Theatre passes, to US Airways travel gift certificates to the grand prize – a 250-seat Harkins Theatre near your school for an exclusive night at the movies which can be used as a school fundraiser!

WELCOME TO THE 2010 NSFD DESERT RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL!

Welcome to the Jaguars of Desert Ridge, the 27th Valley High School to confirm participation in the National Student Food Drive. Schools from Deer Valley, Dysart, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley Peoria, Phoenix, Tolleson and Tempe have taken up the challenge this year. Is your school taking part?

WELCOME TO THE 2010 NSFD SHADOW RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL!

St. Mary’s sends a special welcome to the Stallions of Shadow Ridge High School, the 28th Valley High School to confirm participation in the National Student Food Drive. Is your school taking part? You have to hurry. Call NSFD Coordinator Chet Provorse at (602) 242-3169.

There is still time to join in on the fun, and win a remote broadcast from KEZ (99.9 FM) or Channel 5 (KPHO) to help your school raise awareness – and food and cash totals. For more information, call St. Mary’s Food Bank NSFD Coordinator Chet Provorse at (602) 343-3169.

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TRY YOUR LUCK AND HELP FEED THE HUNGRY AT DEER VALLEY CONNECTIONS CASINO NIGHT

Marriott Courtyard Happy Valley (2029 W. Whispering Wind Drive, south of Happy Valley Road on 19th Avenue)

The 2nd Annual Event Benefitting St. Mary’s Food Bank Includes Mini Trade Show, Silent Auction and Grand Prizes for Winners at Marriott Courtyard.

Enjoy a great night of fun and a great way to learn more about networking groups from around the Valley as Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn hosts the second annual Casino Night and mini-trade show benefitting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Sponsored by the Deer Valley Connections, North Valley Connections and Central Connections Networking Groups, the event is set for Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Marriott Courtyard Happy Valley (2029 W. Whispering Wind Drive, south of Happy Valley Road on 19th Avenue). Along with complimentary appetizers and a 50-50 raffle, a $20 donation will earn $500 in casino chips for you to try your luck at more than a dozen casino gaming tables including blackjack, poker, roulette and craps.

The networking groups and Marriott have worked hard to fight hunger in Arizona. Last year’s event raised more than 17,000 meals those in need and an even bigger total is anticipated this year. For more information, contact Anne Niemiec at the Courtyard/Happy Valley at (623) 580-8844.

For more information on how you can help the fight against hunger, please visit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance website at:
http://FirstFoodBank.org

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CONCERT IN BENEFIT OF ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK: October 1, 2010

Every $1 donated to St. Mary’s allows the food bank to distribute the equivalent of 7 meals into the community. So every $4 donation at the event will allow us to provide 28 meals to the hungry of Arizona.

Here are the links to the bands that will be playing:

Saddleswww.myspace.com/saddlesgotsoul
The Other 49www.theother49.com
Static Marchwww.myspace.com/staticmarch
Underground Citieswww.myspace.com/undergroundcitiesband

When: Friday, October 1st, 2010 at 8:00pm
Where: Located at the Rogue Bar in Scottsdale (423 N. Scottsdale Rd.)
Those wanting to attend must be 21+.

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DONATION CONTEST WINNERS SPEND UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT AT BRAD PAISLEY CONCERT

Congratulations to ASU students Brittany and Chelsea who were the big winners in Saturday night’s Brad Paisley/St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Food Drive prior to Paisley’s concert at Cricket Pavilion.

Fans braved record 109-degree temperatures not only to check out one of country music’s hottest superstars but fight hunger in Arizona. More than 1,100 pounds of non-perishable food and water was collected from fans, 127 pounds of it from Brittany and Chelsea – who not only won fifth-row tickets to the show but a meet-and-greet with their favorite singer (and a quick picture, above) before his set.

During the concert, Brittany and Chelsea were able to walk up to the stage with other fans.

“At one point during the show, he kneeled down right in front of me and played a guitar solo, and everyone was putting their hands up,” Chelsea said. “I put mine up too, right in front of Brad, and after he was done with the song he handed me his guitar pick!”

Fans also donated $800 in cash to volunteers stationed outside the gates – with each dollar allowing St. Mary’s to provide enough food for seven meals in the community. All told with cash and food, more than 6,500 meals were provided during the event.

St. Mary’s would like thank Brad Paisley’s H2O Tour, Live Nation, our great volunteers from Phoenix Philanthropists, Brittany, Chelsea and all those who donated both food and cash to the Food Bank. It was a great night of music and a great chance to raise awareness of Arizona’s hunger fight.

For more information on how to donate, please visit our website, http://firstfoodbank.org

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CHASE BANK CONTRIBUTES $275,000 DONATION OF TWO REFRIGERATED TRUCKS TO HELP HUNGRY IN ARIZONA


St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, United Food Bank and Chase will hold a news conference announcing Chase’s donation of state-of-the-art food delivery trucks, supplying Arizona’s hungry with fruits, vegetables and other fresh foods. Please join us to help raise awareness about hunger, an issue affecting over 49 million Americans.

The event is part of Chase’s $5 million nationwide donation to Feeding America’s network of food banks. The national donation will support hunger-fighting initiatives, supplying 34 trucks to 20 food banks in communities hit hard by the recession.

Thousands of JPMorgan Chase employees have been collecting food to present St. Mary’s and United Food Banks each a truck full of nutritious food. In addition, the donation includes operating expenses for the first year, for a total donation value of more than $275,000.

In these tough times, more and more Arizonans do not know where their next meal is coming from. New statistics revealed last week showed the biggest increase in poverty levels in 50 years. In Arizona, over 1 million people live in poverty, including an estimated 1 in 4 children. Plus, thousands of Arizona families are part of the working poor, who need assistance with basic needs like nutritious food.

For more information on how you can help, please visit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance website: http://firstfoodbank.org

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RENT-A-CENTER’S ‘SOUP-TO-NUTS’ CAMPAIGN’ DONATES $20,000 TO ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK TO RAISE HUNGER ACTION MONTH AWARENESS

Phoenix, AZ – As part of its “Random Acts of Caring” program, Rent-A-Center (RAC) is making a donation of $20,000 to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to help in the fight against hunger in Arizona.

Local RAC representatives including regional director Israel Beltran will visit St. Mary’s Del E. Webb Distribution Center on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 9:30 a.m. for a check presentation before volunteering their time to build some of the more than 30,000 Emergency Food Boxes the Food Bank distributes each month.

RAC is donating $250,000 to food banks across the country in September, national Hunger Action Month. This is part of the national Rent-A-Center Soup to Nuts campaign, designed to help food pantries across the nation continue to meet the increasing demand for their services.

Regional food banks are also receiving $20,000 donations in major cities including Atlanta, Lexington, Ky., Kansas City, Mo., Pittsburgh, Shoreline, Wash., (near Seattle), Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. The North Texas Food Bank, located near Rent-A-Center corporate headquarters, received $50,000.

Also during the RAC Soup to Nuts campaign, all 3,000 stores will act as collection points for cans of soup, jars of peanut butter and other canned goods to help local food relief partners such as senior centers, homeless shelters, daycare centers and/or churches. Through national and local partnerships, hunger relief has been an area of involvement for Rent-A-Center since 2002.

“In the midst of this economic downturn, it is critical that we continue our commitment to supporting the communities where our co-workers and customers live through the outstanding work of food banks,” said Mitch Fadel, president and COO of Rent-A-Center. “This effort enables our co-workers to be engaged in a meaningful and important way in supporting our neighbors and our community.”

For more information about St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, please visit: http://firstfoodbank.org

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