ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK ALLIANCE LOCATIONS DANGEROUSLY LOW ON MANY NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS NEEDED TO FILL EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES

Storm Damage Loss Estimate of $200,000 Includes 20% of Food Inventory

Phoenix, AZ – In the wake of severe storm damage to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s Del E. Webb Distribution Center and Knight Transportation Center, the Food Bank is suddenly in dire need of several non-perishable food items lost to water and insulation damage.

St. Mary’s is asking for donations of fruit and vegetable juices (36 ounces and smaller), bagged beans and rice (16 ounces), peanut butter (12 ounce jars), canned tomatoes and green vegetables and canned “meals” (chili, Chunky soups, canned Spaghetti O’s and other pasta meals). These are items are an integral part of the 40,000 Emergency Food Boxes the Food Bank distributes each month and are now hard-pressed to fill.

The Food Bank was hit by golf ball and tennis ball-sized hail in the early evening of Oct. 5, which shattered 34 skylights at the two St. Mary’s Food Bank facilities. Torrential wind and rain followed, causing extensive damage to the food supplies. Estimates of the damage and loss of about 20 percent of the food inventory are in excess of $200,000. The Food Bank can distribute the equivalent of seven meals for each dollar spent, meaning the potential loss of 1.4 million meals into the community.

Food donations are accepted at all St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance locations, as well as all Valley Goodwill or U-Haul location. To donate or find a list of donation locations, please visit www.firstfoodbank.org or call (602) 242-FOOD (3663).

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