Pledge to Join Hunger Fast and Help Protect Low-Income Families From Budget Cuts! St. Mary’s Chairman pledges to fast today, so can you.

Today and through the month of April thousands of patriots against hunger are participating in a hunger fast to say to the nation, hunger in any form in the United States is not acceptable. The unity of our national community in this fast illustrates the fundamental American belief that our nation must be hunger free for all of its citizens.

Carol McElroy

Chairman, Board of Directors

St Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

Feeding America Hunger Fast Pledge Site

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Get In Bed With Mark Countdown: Are You Ready?

Just two days until KSLX morning man Mark Mayfield climbs into his Sleep America bed for the fifth annual “Get in Bed With Mark” radio-thon to benefit St. Mary’s. Join Mark and Valley celebrities who will stop by during the three days as KSLX and Sleep America try to top last year’s total of more than 116,000 meals raised

The fun starts Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. at the Sleep America store near the Arrowhead Mall in Glendale (73rd Avenue and Bell) and moves to Tempe Marketplace on Thursday and Paradise Valley Mall for the final day – and the first annual Great Bed Race – on Friday.

Check out www.kslx.com and www.sleepamerica.com/current-promotions/sleep-america-food-drive/ for more information!

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St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Thanks KFNN 1510 AM For Its Sponsorship Of Kids Cafe Open

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank KFNN (The New Money Radio 1510 AM), for their great sponsorship of the 10th Annual Kids Cafe Open. Please be sure to turn into the “Business for Breakfast” show with Ken Morgan and Julie Dougherty as they broadcast live from the Wigwam resort on Friday, April 8 beginning at 6 a.m. Ken and Julie will interview tournament sponsors, St. Mary’s Food Bank representatives and providing all the coverage of this signature event as we raise funds for the Kids Cafe program.

The new Business for Breakfast show is more news driven with more market information. It’s fresh, fun, and guaranteed to start your business day the right way! Ken and Julie give you constant market reports, On-Demand Traffic every ten minutes, and intriguing interviews with business and market newsmakers.

Thank you KFNN – The New Money Radio 1510 AM for you continued support of feeding Arizona’s hungry children!

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ASU4Food ‘Fill the Flash’ event to benefit Arizona’s hungry

April 07, 2011

7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

ASU4Food invites students, faculty, staff and the public to help combat hunger in our community and have some fun in the process by helping to fill a Flash bus with food on April 7.

Members of the community can participate in the Fill the Flash event by dropping off non-perishable food items to the Flash bus location at the northeast corner of the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus anytime from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 7.

The event was organized by ASU4Food, an organization of students dedicated to combating hunger in Arizona.

“The right to a meal is a basic human right. Everyone needs to eat,” said Sam Lipman, ASU4Food vice president.

“Arizona holds the second highest poverty rate in the nation, translating to about 1 in 4 children, 1 in 7 adults, and 1 in 12 seniors going to bed hungry each night.”

This event is a “territorial food fight” in competition with the University of Arizona’s Stuff the Cat Tran event on April 6.

“We hope to trounce the Wildcats,” Lipman said. “The Territorial Food Fight is a competition between ASU and UA to raise more support for local food banks, but in the end everybody wins.”

Food donations from ASU’s Fill the Flash event will benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank that has seen an increased need for food since the recession. During the 2010-11 academic year, ASU4Food has collected 8,100 pounds of food, provided for 37,500 meals and raised $4,700 to benefit the hungry in our community through events such as Pi(e) Day, video game tournaments, Valentine’s Day candy grams and the Body Pride Fair.

Julie Newberg , julie.newberg@asu.edu

Media Relations

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Vote for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance as your favorite non-profit!

One of the most sought after honors of the Be More AwardsTM, the People’s Choice is the only award given solely based on your vote.

The poll will only open for a short while, March 21 through April 18, 2011.

Visit: http://www.azpbs.org/bemore/ to vote today and everyday until the polls close!

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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 www.kslx.com or www.sleepamerica.com.

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Kids Cafe in Surprise calls for Volunteers with Grand Opening Approaching on April 7th

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 1:45 pm

By NORA AVERY-PAGE, DAILY NEWS-SUN | 0 comments

Volunteers from the Sun Cities who devote time to the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Surprise don’t want Arizona children to go to bed hungry.

They see the faces of hunger while others just see statistics:

• One in four children in the state are living in poverty, amounting to more than 260,000 children in Maricopa Country alone.

• In Surprise, nearly 24 percent of households fall at or below the poverty level.

• Arizona ranks dead last in an America’s Health Ranking study with the greatest number of children in poverty.

The St. Mary’s Kids Cafe program is working toward changing those numbers by offering daily meals to impoverished children.

“Child hunger is getting worse,” said Laura Brill, the Kids Cafe manager, calling these statistics “disturbing and unacceptable.”

The program feeds about 1,700 school-age children at 32 different locations every day, but with a new building expansion, Brill hopes to expand that number to 3,000 over the summer and 4,000 by the end of the year.

The program will be moving next week to a renovated former storage space in the westside location of St. Mary’s, so volunteers and staff can pack, store and assemble the meals, which include sandwiches and fruit and vegetables, all in one place.

The volunteers appreciate the commitment to the westside location, said Jan Wells, who helps coordinate the volunteers.

“Everybody is very excited,” she said.

Wells hopes to expand the menu offered. Right now, volunteers make up ham sandwiches, beef and ranch wraps or other varieties of sandwiches.

“Our goal is to provide that nutritional meal,” she said.

Brill said children living in poverty don’t eat well because it’s usually the highly processed foods lacking in significant nutritional value that are the cheapest to buy and that leads not only to poorer general health, but fatigue, hospitalizations, behavioral difficulties and impaired performance in school.

Brill said the goal of the program, which exists on a combination of donations and government funding, is to give children consistent daily nutrition, and it’s about giving them both quantity and quality food.

“This is the future of Arizona, and we feel like we need to invest now,” Brill said.

It’s important to sustain that nutrition during the summer, and more difficult to do because the children aren’t in school, she said.

“We want to kind of keep them steady,” Brill said. “We want the kids to be ready for when school starts back up.”

The goal is to expand the Kids Cafe program to make 8,000 meals a day, but that’s a few years down the road, she said.

And for both the current and future expansion, the food bank needs new volunteers; both Brill and Wells emphasized their appreciation for the volunteers and the support of the Sun Cities and Surprise communities.

But it takes a lot of work, Brill said, stressing the need for volunteers looking for a more in-depth project who can adopt a Kids Cafe site to set up and track the program.

“We want to make sure we’re very mindful in our planning,” Brill said, explaining she doesn’t want to have to say to the children at the sites: “Sorry, we messed up, we’re not going to feed you anymore.”

If the program doesn’t get enough volunteers to visit sites, it can’t have as many locations and won’t be able to feed as many kids, Brill said.

The Kids Cafe program is also looking for potential new locations for the meal sites, which can be any place children have access to, from a church, playground or pool, or an apartment complex.

Volunteers interested in doing site visits can call Grace Rodil at 602-343-5629 or email her at mgrodil@firstfoodbank.org.

For volunteers looking to help prepare meals or do other work for St. Mary’s Westside location, call Jan Wells at 602-343-5637 or reach her by email at jkwells@firstfoodbank.org.

Different sites looking to participate can call Melissa Jensen at 602-647-1820

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