Three days after his car visited St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – and the “Drive to End Hunger” make a $10,000 donation to benefit Arizona’s hungry – former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon visited Victory Lane after a long absence.
Gordon snapped a 66-race drought and won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. With this victory, Gordon ties NASCAR legend Cale Yarborough for fifth on the career wins list with 83.
Gee, wonder what changed his luck? =)
The NASCAR folks will be back in November for the second PIR race. In case you didn’t save the phone number Jeff, you can find us at www.firstfoodbank.org.
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Four-time National Student Food Drive champions from Mountain Ridge High School were awarded the engraved John Van Hengel Cup at their spring pep rally on Feb. 25. They will also enjoy a fund-raising event at a nearby Harkins Theatre this spring as part of their award.
Next year’s national student food drive promises to be bigger and better than ever! Teachers and student leaders are asked to call Chet Provorse (343-3169) or Elizabeth Wunsch (343-3159) if you wish to join in all the fun while helping Arizona’s hungry next fall. In the meantime … all hail the champs!
The Super Citrus Saturday sequel collected 16,000 pounds of citrus at three locations around the Valley, bringing the total for the two Super Citrus events to more than 77,000 pounds this year. That will help us reach our goal of collecting more than 2 million pounds of citrus during this season.
The citrus will not only help fill emergency food boxes at St. Mary’s Food Bank, but will be shared with other food banks in eight Western states. In turn those food banks share bounties of fresh produce in their areas so all the hungry can enjoyed a balanced variety of fresh food.
Thank you to everyone who donated, and to our volunteers who manned the drop-off centers. If you couldn’t make it out, there is still time to deliver your surplus citrus to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance locations in Phoenix (2831 N. 31st Avenue) and Surprise (13050 W. Elm Street). We will accept fresh fruit until the end of March.
Music feeds the soul. Local food banks feed the body.
The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra proudly joins hundreds of orchestras across the States in the month of March to help recognize and fight hunger. Two years ago the U. S. Department of Agriculture reported that more than 50 million Americans—including more than 17 million children—lack consistent access to a nutritious, well balanced diet.
For our March 11 concert, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra proudly partners once again with the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. to help collect funds that buy the meals to feed the hungry. St. Mary’s is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization and the world’s first food bank. Keeping pace with the incredible upturn in need that has followed the poor economic climate and the huge rise in unemployment and underemployment, the Food Bank distributed more than 72 million pounds of food in 2009-10 to meets the needs of the ever-rising number of Arizona’s hungry.
You’ll see St. Mary’s volunteers in our lobby during our March 11 concert. For every donation of $5 or more, you’ll receive a voucher for a ticket to any FSO concert in our upcoming season. If music is indeed the food of love, as Shakespeare offered, your donation on Friday, March 11 gives you music and gives someone hungry the chance to eat.
For more information, please check out http://www.flagstaffsymphony.org
Super Citrus Saturday on Jan. 22 was such a huge success – more than 61,000 pounds of donated fruit was collected for Arizona’s hungry – that St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is doing it all over again.
Bring your oranges and grapefruits, to one of the three participating locations – North Phoenix Baptist Church in the Central Corridor, Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ in Arcadia and St. Mary’s Food Bank’s Surprise location (13050 W. Elm Street in Surprise) – between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 26, and take part in St. Mary’s fight against hunger.
The majority of the citrus will go into the 30,000 Emergency Food Boxes that St. Mary’s distributes every month, and the rest will be sent to eight other states where St. Mary’s will receive some of their produce in return.
It’s late February. That citrus on your tree will be in trouble soon. Ruin a roof rat’s day and help feed your neighbors at the same time.
The car is at 3003 W. Thomas Rd. (University of Phoenix Building) until 12PM today!! Stop by and bring a can or two! 🙂