One Day Big Give: Help a family in need!

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by Catherine Holland and Blanca Esparza-Pap

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 22 at 11:29 AM

Big Give: Fry's Food Store

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PHOENIX -- 3TV is teaming up with Fry's Food Stores for the One Day Big Give at the Fry's Food Store, 3949 E. Chandler Boulevard in Phoenix. The event all day Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and is an opportunity for people to open their hearts and wallets for those Arizonans dealing with hunger. Currently, one in four Arizona children are dealing with hunger issues.

All the food collected at the event will go to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. The one-day event is designed to draw attention to the plight of hunger during one of the busiest grocery shopping days of the year. Shoppers are encouraged to come down and donate a turkey, non-perishable food items or money to St. Mary's Food Bank.

If people are unable to come down to the Fry's at 40th Street and Chandler Boulevard they can donate to the Arizona's Family Holiday Food Drive at their local Fry's Food store from now until Dec. 31. The goal is raise enough food and money donations to provide 1 million meals to our community.

Currently, turkey donations are down by 30 percent and donations of canned goods are down by 50 percent, according to St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.

Terry Shannon, the CEO of St. Mary's, said hunger has nearly doubled in Arizona since the economy starting tanking in 2008.

"We ask that during this season, you remember those who continue to suffer the fallout from this recession and need assistance from their neighbors," Shannon wrote on the organization's website. "St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance can only provide these services, and feed the one in four children now struggling in our state, with your help."

Shannon said about 50,000 families rely on food bank service's during the holiday season.

 
 

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