Monday, November 18, 2013

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance – Holiday Food Drive Blogfest

By M. J. Joachim

Super Saturday is just days away, taking place on Saturday, November 23 this year. Safeway has joined forces, offering to double your donation when you donate a turkey every Tuesday in November. The 12th Annual Operation Santa Claus is in full swing, working to feed families and make kids happy this year. It’s all part of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, an Arizona organization dedicated to reducing hunger and raising awareness about it where I live. 
“St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, the world’s first food bank, is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to the hungry,” states their website. Relying on volunteers and developing important community relationships with local businesses, news networks and anyone willing to get involved, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is a member of Feeding America. “Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger,” states the Feeding America website.

People get excited about donating food during the holidays and when tragedy hits. However, hunger is a daily problem that never goes away. Summer is one of the hardest times for food banks in Arizona. It’s hot here – extremely hot. Winter visitors disappear. Dust and monsoon storms make for nice weather pictures, but not for feeding the hungry and keeping food bank shelves full. 

There’s always a need. Wouldn’t it be amazing to keep a steady stream of food lining those shelves, just like people who can afford to go shopping do every week or so? I’ve shared two links in this post, one local and one national, where you can easily find out what it takes to get involved. Let this be a starting point, one that continues each month of every year. The need is great and it’s present all year long. 

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips today. I hope this post inspires you to get involved, either by donating, volunteering or writing a few blog posts to inspire others to get involved. Feeding the hungry isn’t just a random act of charity. It’s what we are called to do as citizens of the human race.

Thanks to my friend, Tina Downey, for helping me host this special blogfest!
M. J. 

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