St. Mary's Food Bank low on volunteers

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

PHOENIX -- St. Mary's Food Bank held a 12 hour volunteer-a-thon Wednesday because they are low on volunteers for the first time in a decade.

The volunteer-a-thon began at 6 a.m.

"This is the first time since I've been at the food bank that we need folks to build in November and December. Usually this is the time of the year when we have more volunteers than we can handle and we ask people to do it later in the year," Jerry Brown of St. Mary's Food Bank said. "This time we have open slots morning, afternoon, Saturdays, we need people to build these boxes."

As of Wednesday St. Mary's was only a third of the way to completing the 60,000 boxes they need for the month of November.

"If you have a group of three or five people or three or five hundred we can put you to work. We only have 8 or 10 days of box building before the Thanksgiving season is over so we need to get these boxes built," Brown said.

They are looking for companies, individuals, schools, and groups to fill the slots they have.

"It's a great opportunity to serve the community and give back and it's really rewarding and it doesn't take that much time out of your day," Ford Womack, a volunteer from Scottsdale Insurance, said.

For more information on how to volunteer, visit or call 602-242-FOOD.