GLENDALE MOUNTAIN RIDGE WINS 4th STRAIGHT ARIZONA NATIONAL STUDENT FOOD DRIVE TITLE; DRIVE COLLECTS MORE THAN 130,000 MEALS IN ALL

GLENDALE MOUNTAIN RIDGE WINS 4th STRAIGHT ARIZONA NATIONAL STUDENT FOOD DRIVE TITLE; DRIVE COLLECTS MORE THAN 130,000 MEALS IN ALL

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 Jobing.com 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 cdprovorse@firstfoodbank.org.

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