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Wells Fargo Food Drive July 15 – July 30


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KSLX-FM’S Mark Mayfield & Sleep America to Host 5th Annual ‘Get In Bed With Mark’ Food Drive to Benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank

Three-day Radio-thon Runs From April 6-8 All Over The Valley With Goal Of Spreading the Word About Dire Hunger Issues Now Affecting Arizona

Phoenix – Fast-becoming an early-April Arizona tradition, KSLX (100.7 FM)’s morning man Mark Mayfield is getting ready to get back into his Sleep America bed for the fifth annual “Get in Bed with Mark” food drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

One of the Valley’s most popular morning personalities, Mayfield will begin his three-day live marathon at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6 at Sleep America’s Glendale location at the Lane Home Furnishings Center (7291 W. Bell Road, Ste. 101A). He will literally hop into a Sleep America bed aboard a flat-bed truck and collect both non-perishable food items and cash donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – all while interviewing local celebrities, holding challenges, and talking about the need in Arizona.

At the end of the drive, Mayfield will raffle off the queen size Kingsdown bed, provided by Sleeping America, which will have served as his home for the three-day radiothon. And this year, Sleep America will introduce a new and exciting event for the last day. On April 8th, the Paradise Valley location will host “The Great Bed Race for Charity.” Five-member teams can still sign up for their place in the field with a $100 donation to the Food Bank.

“Get in Bed with Mark” collected more than 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food items and more than $14,000 in cash last year – providing more than 116,000 meals for St. Mary’s Food Bank to distribute to the hungry of Arizona. KSLX, Sleep America and St. Mary’s are all hoping to duplicate the success of last year’s event.

Mayfield and his Sleep America bed will leave the Glendale location at 10pm on the 6th, and from 6am – 10pm on Thursday, April 7, he will be at Tempe Marketplace (2010 E. Rio Salado Pkwy, Ste. 115) giving the East Valley listeners a chance to participate. The drive will finish off at the Paradise Valley Mall (4320 E. Cactus Road, Ste. A1) from 6am – 6 p.m. on Friday, April 8, with the Great Bed Race capping almost 50 hours live on the air.

For more information on the “Get in Bed with Mark” food drive or The Great Bed Race, visit or

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Thorpe Surgical collects enough food for 1,232 meals for St. Mary’s food Bank Alliance

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like the thank the staff at Thorpe Surgical for collecting enough food to allow St. Mary’s to distribute 1,232 meals during their recent Food Drive. It’s just one of more than 1,700 food drives that were held for the Food Bank during 2009-10, collecting more than 1.7 million pounds of non-perishable food for Emergency Food Boxes and our 500 member agencies around Arizona.

Thank you, Thorpe Surgical!


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First 100 People Who Donate Five Cans or Five Dollars Will Receive Reece’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake; Earn Chance At American Idol Tickets

Last year it was the Cheesecake Factory’s Stephanie’s Red Velvet Cheesecake that enticed friends of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to donate more than 3,000 canned food items to the fight against hunger.

This year, the Biltmore Fashion Park Cheesecake Factory at 2402 East Camelback Road is back to help St. Mary’s – and will hand out slices of its brand new Reece’s® Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake Cheesecake to the first 100 people who donate at least five cans or five dollars to the Food Bank. The giveaway begins at 8 a.m. on Aug. 11 and will continue until noon – or until the last slice has been spoken for.

There is an added bonus this year. Donors also eligible to enter a drawing on-site for one of six pair of tickets to the American Idol LIVE! Concert at US Airways Center on Thursday, Aug. 12. Winners will be notified after noon on Aug. 11 and will pick up their tickets at the Will Call booth at the USAC on the day of the show.

Last year, St. Mary’s collected the most cans of any Food Bank during a 30-city national tour of Cheesecake Factories from coast-to-coast, providing more than 5,000 meals for hungry Arizonans – not to mention those who got their slice of Stephanie’s Red Velvet. Don’t let this second chance at an incredible dessert pass you by!

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Diapers Desperately Needed To Meet Requests From Partner Agencies; McMurry employees filled St. Mary’s Truck With Diapers on Friday, July 9

Responding to an important and expensive need for struggling families this summer, McMurry, a marketing communications firm, collected 21,888 diapers during a month-long, company-wide diaper drive to benefit the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Diaper program.

McMurry’s employees embraced the challenge of meeting the need in friendly but competitive fashion – working to fill the office of CEO Chris McMurry with diapers with the winning team earning a breakfast with McMurry for their efforts. In an age where “designer diapers” are all the rage, many families struggling with food insecurity and choosing between food and things like rent and utilities can’t afford a regular change of diapers that can cost as much as $100 a month.

On Friday, July 9 at 11 a.m. McMurry employees formed a “human chain” at their offices (1010 E. Missouri Avenue) and transfered the diapers from the CEO’s office to a St. Mary’s delivery truck for the trip to the Dell E. Webb Distribution Center.

What an amazing effort pulled together by this local business, we are very grateful for their hard work and support! Way to go McMurry and team!

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The only statewide food drive in Arizona, the annual Wells Fargo summer food drive to benefit the Association of Arizona Food Banks continues until July 31 with collection bins in all 261 Wells Fargo Community Banking Stores across Arizona.

More than 100,000 pounds of food was collected through the drive last year and is one of the largest corporate drives in Arizona each year. The donations benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and the other members of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which collectively distributed more than 110 million pounds of food to the hungry of our state last year through 1,600 sites.

Those who wish to donate cash to the drive – for St. Mary’s every dollar in donations can lead to the distribution of seven meals into the community – checks can be made payable to the Association of Arizona Food Banks and sent to 2100 N. Central Ave., Ste. 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Donations can also be made online at

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Help the North Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce as it enters the home stretch of its first tuna drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Hoping to collect “A Ton of Tuna,” the NSCC will accept donations at their offices all this week (14201 N. 87th Street, Suite 131 in Scottsdale) and will also accept donations at St. Mary’s Del E. Webb Distribution Center (2831. N. 31st Avenue) on Saturday, June 12 as the chamber drops off its collection before taking part in a day of volunteering at the Food Bank. You can even stick around and help pack some Emergency Food Boxes.

Call the chamber at (480) 889-8987 or log on at for more information.

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