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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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Volunteers needed!!

Tuesday, September 28th 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us for the first ever 50’s Rock ‘n’ Box.We’ll be groovin’ to the oldies while we pack emergency food boxes on the assembly line at St. Mary’s Food Bank…rockin’ for a good cause!

Oldie’s Trivia Contest

Bring your family and spend some quality time. (Kids need to be 12 or older). We’ll even serve dinner!

Make your Reservation Today! Call 602-343-3165
2831 N. 31st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85009 Just South of Thomas Road

Let the good times roll!

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Morton’s Steakhouse raises funds for St. Mary’s Food Bank

We are pleased to announce that as a result of the Morton’s Steakhouse partnership, which ran between April 2009 and February 2010, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance will be receiving the following funds: $2,917.50.

The partnership centered around a 41-market book tour to support the launch of Morton’s second cookbook, “Morton’s The Cookbook: 100 Steakhouse Recipes For Every Kitchen,” and included multiple touch points with the public, Morton Steakhouse’s customers and Morton’ staff. Funds were raised through auctions and donations at Morton’s restaurants.

Thank you for your efforts in making the Morton’s Steakhouse campaign a success.

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IT’S ALL DOWNSTREAM FROM HERE: NSCC’S “TON OF TUNA” DRIVE CONCLUDES THIS WEEK!

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 http://www.northscottsdalechamber.org for more information.

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Food Banks See Desperate Need for Water

This weekend, temperatures are supposed to hit 115 degrees — or even higher. When it’s that hot out, food banks are desperate for water.

St. Mary’s Food Bank is busy. Demand is up 127 percent, while donations are a different story.

“For the first time this year, donations have really slacked off. Because it’s summer people are out of town and even though the shelves look full, the one thing they really need right now is water,” says Jerry Brown, who works at St. Mary’s.

The water bottles they have right now have been purchased — meaning there’s less money to purchase food. That’s why they need your donations.

“We had a great month in June, we didn’t hear too much of a yell for water when temps were in the 90’s. All the sudden temps jump up to 110, 115 and the demand skyrockets.”

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/consumers/food_banks_need_water_07_07_2009

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Food bank shows planting garden is the way to grow

Generosity and innovation are sprouting at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. With proper gardening and cooperative weather, a new garden at the food bank will brim with radishes in late May.

Kudos to Bobby Smith. The gardener and former sous chef marked Earth Day on Wednesday by planting vegetables at the distribution center at 31st Avenue and Thomas Road. Smith faced space challenges but came up with the idea to use wine barrels. If all goes well, food boxes will go beyond typical non-perishable items to include vegetables. How refreshing.

The garden could not have come at a better time, either. Demand for food at the bank has increased 80 percent. And with more people losing jobs or saving what could have been a donation to a food bank, contributions are harder to come by. The garden, however, can feed the hungry.

Then, there are the healthful benefits. Prices for fresh vegetables can make anyone blanch, even in flush times. Consider the choice many people are making between fresh vegetables, which can spoil quickly, or food items with long shelf lives.

Many people are likely to stretch their dollars by purchasing food items that can turn out several meals versus a few meals with fresh produce. The choice is better for the bottom line but not for bodies skimping on certain nutrients.

A garden can help fill that void. Smith is showing workers how to care for the crops, which will include artichokes, pumpkins, okra, squash, peppers, cucumbers and herbs. The seeds are barely planted, but the garden is already making mouths water.

Gardens are making a comeback. Michelle Obama started a garden at the White House recently. Cave Creek envisions a community garden at the site of its future wastewater plant. And a south Scottsdale woman is looking for land to build one in her community. Smith deserves gratitude for bringing one to ours.

The St. Mary’s Food Bank has a garden. It is time to roll up the sleeves and turn generosity and innovation into vegetables.

http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/PhoenixEditorials/51805

First week of growth!

First week of growth!

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