St. Mary’s Food Bank
ASU MLK Servant-Leadership Award Recipient
Accepted by Tom Kertis
St. Mary’s Food Bank is committed to serving the Arizona community through volunteerism to better the lives of Arizonans in need, one meal at a time.
St. Mary’s distributes food to almost 500 nonprofit partners including food pantries and homeless shelters that represent 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties. Beyond food distribution, St. Mary’s also oversees children’s feeding programs and a community kitchen.
One of the organization’s missions is to ensure no child goes to bed hungry. With initiatives such as Kids Café and the Backpack Program, St. Mary’s hopes to end child hunger so that Arizona’s youth can live healthy, productive lives.
St. Mary’s hands-on approach to ending hunger not only distributes food, but also combats poverty through employment assistance at its Community Kitchen. Here, those who experience barriers to employment can learn food skills and receive food service training. The organization also offers job placement assistance and support to graduates of the program.
St. Mary’s goes above and beyond to ease the burden of hunger and has had an unequivocal impact on members of the Arizona community.