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Send Hunger Packing Event

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance wishes to thank everyone who helped Send Hunger Packing this summer, recognizing that hunger doesn’t take a vacation.

Because of the great reaction from companies, organizations and individuals who responded with donations of food, money and time – the Food Bank was able to serve everyone who needed assistance to get through Arizona’s long, hot summer and keep some food in the shelves for the months ahead.

Here are some of the exciting wrap-up totals:

*Companies, organizations and individuals combined to raise $1,526,000 to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s during Send Hunger Packing 2009. This allowed the Food Bank to distribute over 10.6 million meals into the community, from children in the summer feeding program to seniors through our B.R.E.A.D. home distribution efforts.

*St. Mary’s received 15,786,036 pounds of donated food and other products during Send Hunger Packing 2009. It couldn’t have come at a better time since record demand required more than 100,000 Emergency Food Boxes and 35,000 Emergency Baby Boxes be distributed by the Food Bank this summer!

*With the help of four “Rock ‘N Box events and an overwhelming response from the companies, organizations and individuals, 95,262 volunteer hours were logged during Send Hunger Packing 2009. Those volunteer hours are equal to the equivalent of about 150 full-time employees added to St. Mary’s work force.

While everyone who helped played and important role, St. Mary’s wishes to thank those who made a special effort to Send Hunger Packing in 2009:

Donors of 3,000 pounds of food, $5,000 or 240 volunteer hours
*Denotes Food Bank Trifecta: Donor of food, time and money
Ace Vending
Advantage Logistics
Allen Orchard
American Italian Pasta Company
Americold Logistics
Arizona Daily Sun
Arizona Marketing
Automatic Vending Service
Bellevue Heights Church Foundation
BIMBO Bakery
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Blue Sky Farms
Bread Basket Bakery
Café Valley Bakery
Campbell Soup Company
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Carolina Logistics
City Seafoods
City of Phoenix
Coca Cola
Coliman Pacific Corporation
Columbia Fresh Produce
Corona Del Sol High School
Del Monte
East Caffe
Everkrisp Vegetables, Inc.
Excel Ice Cream Company
The Ferry Family Foundation
Food City
Franciscan Renewal Center
Freedom Debt Relief
Freeport Logistics
Fresh & Easy
Frito Lay
Fry’s Food & Drug
G Farms
Glendale from the Heart
Golden State Foods
Grand Avenue Produce
Grand Canyon Distribution
Greer Farms
International Union Local 428
Jack In the Box Distribution
Knight Transportation
Kodiak Produce
La Canasta Mexican Food Products
Litchfield Elementary School
Marquez Brothers Southwest, Inc.
Martori Farms
McLane Foodservice
McLane Sunwest
Michael Lewis Company
Mission Foods
Mountain King Potatoes
Moreno Family Foundation
National Philanthropic Trust
Navajo Marketing Company
Otto & Edna Neely Foundation
Peddler’s Son
Pepperidge Farms
Phoenix Fresh Produce
Phoenix Meet Up
Pinnacle Produce
Phoenix Suns Charities
Pinto Creek Potato Company
Points West Sales & Marketing
Poore Brothers, Inc.
Produce Brokers of Arizona
Quik Trip
Reckitt & Benckiser
Red Hawk Farming
Roma of Arizona
Rotary – Phoenix Camelback Foundation
R&M Clark Family Foundation
Fousseau Farming Company
Ryder Logistics
Sam’s Club
Santa Rosa Produce
Sara Lee
S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Scottsdale Insurance Co.
Shamrock Food
Signature Bread
Snyder’s of Hanover
Southwest Cold Storage
Southwest Traders
Southwestern Processors
Sparkletts Drinking Water
States Logistics
Stern Produce
Sun City Rotary Foundation
Sun City – Youngtown Rotary Foundation
Sunflower Markets
Super Valu
Tanita Produce
Target (food and volunteer hours)
Tavilla Sales
Trader Joe’s
U.S. Airways
U.S. Foodservice
University of Phoenix
Walmart Foundation
Wells Fargo*
Western Veg Produce
W. F. Williams Company
Willie Itule Produce Company

Weekend Warriors
Donors of 1,500 pounds of food, $2,500 or 120 volunteer hours
A Professional Image
Alphagraphics Glendale APS
American Bankers Insurance Group, Inc.
American Express
American Slavic Association
Arizona Highways
Basic Food Markets
Bank of America
Cheesecake Factory
Chicago / Earth, Wind & Fire with World Hunger Year
Concrete Restoration Systems Inc.
Custom Food Service
DeFalco Family Foundation
Deer Valley Unified School District
Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce
Flagstaff Rotary Foundation
Field Calibrations, Inc.
Gelato Matta
General Mills
Greenberg & Traurig
Knight Transportation
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
M&I Wealth Management
Monica J. Stern, CPA, PLLC
Phoenix Fire Station #52
Pilgrim’s Pride
Reliable Refrigeration
Scottsdale Police Department
Shea-Edwards Ltd. Partnership
Sodexo Foundation
Strength Training
US Bancorp Foundation, Inc.
US Foodservice
Wood, Patel & Associates, Inc.


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A Night at the Ballpark

Brought to you by: Cynde C.

Standing by home plate at Chase Field on Monday night, I was in awe at how big a baseball field really is. It looks large from the stands, but from the field, it is massive. Then, I was in wonder and awe at the two organizations that had our President and CEO Terry Shannon and I down on that field.

Gila River Casinos is an amazing partner that has helped the Food Bank grow its summer campaign to immense proportions. Our food drives doubled this year because of the message Send Hunger Packing enabled Food Bank staff to deliver to the public. I will give you our summer-by-the-numbers, and the numbers are wonderful, but please realize, it wasn’t nearly enough. We are still going into the holidays with some catching up to do.

Here are the numbers from May 15 – August 31, Send Hunger Packing:
$1.6 million
363 food drives collecting 481,381 pounds of food
97,877 hours from our volunteers

Imagine if we didn’t have Gila River to support us? Imagine if we didn’t have fantastic partners like the Diamondbacks or SRP putting in additional support? And, imagine if we didn’t have outstanding businesses and individuals rising to the Food Bank’s challenge of feeding more people in need over the summer? We wouldn’t be able to do any of it.

Thank you to everyone who sent hunger packing. And, thank you, D-Backs for hosting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance last night. All of you have made more people aware of the hunger issue in Arizona.

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