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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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St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance would like to thank the Hickman Family and all their employees – including those five million hard-w0rking chickens – for donating more than 300,00 eggs to Arizona food banks this month, including Tuesday’s delivery of more than 160,000 eggs to St. Mary’s main warehouse.

Channel 3 and Channel 15 were on hand as the eggs were loaded off the truck. St. Mary’s President and CEO Terry Shannon accepted the delivery from Gertie and Sharman Hickman on behalf of the Food Bank’s 500-plus partner agencies that will enjoy fresh eggs just in time for Easter! Check out the local news tonight for a closer look.

Hickman’s will continue their generous giving to the Food Bank next week, offering a free dozen eggs to everyone who brings a five-can donation to either Over Easy Restaurant in Arcadia or North Scottsdale from March 29-31.
And that donation will also earn each person a free ham, egg, toast, juice and coffee breakfast from one of the Valley more delicious morning spots. Feed your face and feed the hungry? That’s a great way to start the day!

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Leading up to the Easter holiday, food banks across the state as well as in Hawaii, Nevada and Colorado will be receiving approximately 700,000 eggs from Hickman’s Family Farms – Arizona’s only commercial egg producer. The donation is a long-time Hickman’s family tradition before Easter and has been part of United Egg Producers contribution to Feeding America’s national campaign for the past three years.

St. Mary’s Food Bank will receive 11 pallets of delicious Hickman’s eggs at the main warehouse (2831 N. 31st Avenue) on Tuesday, March 23 at 9 a.m. Another four pallets of eggs will be delivered to St. Mary’s Flagstaff facility on March 24 at 11 a.m. The eggs will be enthusiastically received by the 500 agency partners served by St. Mary’s at over 700 locations statewide.

“We have decades of making egg deliveries to food banks at Easter time, but the official standardized program with United Egg Producers began three years ago,” said Clint Hickman, vice president of sales and marketing for Hickman’s. “Our average donation at Easter is around 700,000 eggs — and year round to different organizations combined is approximately one million eggs.”

The donation will provide food-insecure people with much needed high-quality protein, which helps kids and adults build muscle strength, helps older adults prevent muscle loss, and may also promote weight management.

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We depend on you because HUNGRY Arizonans depend on us.

Now easier to use than ever, the Arizona Working Poor tax credit was created to encourage donations to organizations like St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, which distributes enough food into the community to provide 300,000 meals every day throughout the state of Arizona. By making a donation to the Food Bank, taxpayers may qualify for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit (a reduction to their final tax bill, lowering the amount owed) of up to $200 for individuals or $400 for those married filing jointly. In addition to the state tax credit, donors may also be able to take a deduction for federal tax purposes.

St. Mary’s Food Bank, given a top four-star rating by Charity Navigator, spends 96% of its budget to help low-income Arizonans. During the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 67.7 million pounds of food in 13 of the state’s 15 counties. With the economic downturn, the Food Bank has seen a steady 76% increase in demand for its services over last year.


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Attention MINI Owners … Drive Out Hunger for St. Mary’s

MINI North Scottsdale (7101 East Chauncey Lane in Scottsdale) will hold its first food drive and motor rally for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance on Saturday. Oct. 11 beginning at 9 a.m.

What better way to tie in one of your favorite pastimes – Motoring in you MINI – and helping family’s in need as the holiday season approaches? All you need to do is bring a mini – or even a maxi – bag full of non-perishable food items for donation to MINI North Scottsdale and follow the leader for a great ride. Please RVSP by Oct. 4 to Renate or Hillary at (480) 538-6401 or check out www.miniaz.com.

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Thank you…

St. Mary’s would like to thank Julie Jakubek of Allstate for her continued support and advocacy of the Food Bank.

For the sixth year in a row, Julie specifically requested a grant from Allstate to support those in need in her community, and was rewarded with enough funds to provide more than 3,500 meals through the food bank.

A big thanks to Julie and Allstate as they annually support St. Mary’s in its mission, and for being active in her community.

Julie Jakubek of Allstate and Christina Calio of SMFBA Development Department

Julie Jakubek of Allstate and Christina Calio of SMFBA Development Department

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