Monthly Archives: November 2010

Grand Canyon University Marketing 445 Course — St. Mary’s Food Bank research project! Please Take the Survey!

Hi everyone, we need your help! The Grand Canyon University Marketing 445 course is helping out St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance with a research project. St. Mary’s Food Bank is the largest food bank in Arizona, but they need some help figuring out how to retain volunteers in our age group. If you could follow the link below andtake the survey-it won’t take long, we promise!-that would be very much appreciated. Your responses will remain anonymous. Thank you for your time.

Please follow the link below to the survey:


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CIGNA ending HUNGER. changing LIVES…one fridge auction at a time! Auction of fridge to highest bidder to benefit SMFBA

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Cardinals donate 300 Turkeys and Trader Joe’s donate 6000!!

We were desperately low on Turkeys to the point of running out before Wednesday! So in hearing our cry for help, the Cardinals and Trader Joe’s stepped up to the challenge to help us meet our significantly increased demand for food this year. Steve Breaston of the Cardinals helped to unload the 300 Turkeys that the Cardinals donated!! 🙂 Trader Joe’s also out-did themselves by donating 6000 Turkeys from their warehouse!! Yayyy!!

Hopefully everyone that needed some help this year got it with these beyond generous donations of food, sure to fill everyone’s hungry tummies! 🙂

Thank you everyone!!

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Sandra Day O’Connor, Desert Ridge and Arcadia Also Win NSFD Prizes As More Than Two Dozen High Schools Collect Food, Cash for Hungry

Phoenix, Arizona – In the largest – and closest – Arizona National Student Food Drive contest, Glendale Mountain Ridge High School held off Glendale Sandra Day O’Connor, Mesa Desert Ridge and Phoenix Arcadia to win its fourth straight NSFD championship.

Mountain Ridge will accept the John van Hengel Memorial Cup at the Phoenix Coyotes game with the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Arena. The Mountain Lions also win the use of a 250-seat Harkins Theatre in their area and access to a first-run movie – allowing that school to sell tickets to benefit any other fundraising effort for their campus.

In all, the 26 participating schools collected nearly 50,000 pounds of food and, combined with cash donations, will provide more than 130,000 meals for the hungry of Arizona. Both totals are records for the Arizona National Food Drive.

Sandra Day O’Connor’s second place finish earns them $1,000 in US Airways gift cards, while Desert Ridge receives $750 in gift cards. Sandra Day O’Connor, Desert Ridge and fourth-place Arcadia all received an allotment of tickets to the Phoenix Coyotes game and will receive recognition on the big screen during the first intermission.

The John van Hengel Memorial Cup is named after Mr. John van Hengel, who founded St. Mary’s Food Bank, the world’s first food bank, in 1967 and is responsible for taking the concept world-wide.

One in four children in Arizona lives at or below the poverty line, and events like the National Student Food Drive – which have annually collected more than 100,000 meals in past years – help St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance meet the demand that continues to increase during these tough economic times. The Food Bank works with NSFD participants to gain an understanding of the need in the community that will stay with them long after they graduate high school.

The Food Bank is deeply indebted to the drive’s sponsors this year – Harkins Theatres, US Airways, KPHO-TV, KEZ (99.9 FM), the Phoenix Coyotes, Sara Lee, 3-D Tea, the Arizona Milk Producers and Streets of New York Pizza. It is only through the support of such great sponsors that the NSFD has grown and become one of St. Mary’s largest food drives of the year.

For more information the results or to get involved with the National Student Food Drive, contact St. Mary’s Food Drive Manager Chet Provorse at (602) 343-3169 or by email at

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2010 Super Saturday Video!! Enjoy and thanks to everyone who donated!!!

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Food Bank Still 3,000 Turkeys Shy of Filling Holiday Needs

Food Bank Still 3,000 Turkeys Shy of Filling Holiday Needs

Updated: Monday, 22 Nov 2010, 6:05 PM MST
Published : Monday, 22 Nov 2010, 9:25 AM MST

PHOENIX – Thanksgiving is just days away and the push is on to fill valley food banks.

With unemployment so high, many people are relying on food banks this time of year – for some, it’s the only way they’ll be able to put a Thanksgiving diner on the table.

Even after a big turkey drive over the weekend, there’s still a big shortage. Approximately 1,800 turkeys were donated on November 20, but St. Mary’s food Bank is still almost 3,000 shy of its goal of 6,000 for the holiday food box season.

According to St. Mary’s Food Bank, this year, 6,000 families have fallen on hard times and can’t afford to buy a turkey and side dishes. Those families head to St. Mary’s to pick up a free Thanksgiving food box.

In addition to turkeys, monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be accepted.

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Grant Thornton LLP Donates $20,000 to Phoenix-Area Non-Profit Organizations

Grant Thornton LLP Donates $20,000 to Phoenix-Area Non-Profit Organizations;

Partners Participate in Day-long Volunteer Activity for Local Youth

On Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, nearly 90 current and retired partners from Grant Thornton LLP offices across the globe gathered in Phoenix during their annual meetings, which were held in Scottsdale at the Westin Kierland, to help give back to the local area community. During the day, the firm made check presentations totaling $20,000 to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, a non-profit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to sites that serve the hungry, and Kitchen on the Street, a non-profit organization that provides food for children who are not guaranteed a meal over the weekends.

“After the check presentations, we were so proud to have our partners continue to help our community by rolling up their sleeves at the Palomino School in Phoenix,” said Brad Preber, Phoenix office managing partner. “Together, we prepared the campus for a youth health fair and acted as ‘resident doctors’ at various educational stations.”

The partners ended the day by volunteering at an ice cream social for the children. In addition, the Phoenix office of Grant Thornton has been active with St. Mary’s in particular. Most recently, the Phoenix office visited the St. Mary’s Food Bank to help assemble 525 emergency food boxes for those in need as summer gets underway.

“We had nearly 20 employees volunteer their time, assembling enough food boxes to ensure more than 13,500 members of our community will not go hungry,” said Grant Thornton office managing partner Brad Preber.

In addition, they raised more than $1,300 of food and money for Feeding America’s Kids Café this Fall. These initiatives are just some of the many community outreach programs supported through Grant Thornton C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness and Responsibility Expressed through Service), a program created by Grant Thornton designed to demonstrate leadership not only in its industry, but also in its community. Through the program, nicknamed GT CARES, employees contribute time, money and expertise to local civic organizations, charities, universities and professional associations.

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