Demand high at St. Mary's Food Bank; holiday distribution resumes Tuesday

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Volunteers and staff members at St. Mary's Food Bank began their holiday distribution Monday morning.

Spokesman Jerry Brown said the food bank distributed approximately 3,000 turkeys and food boxes, and bags of potatoes, fruits and vegetables from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At one point, the line of cars stretched more than four miles, according to Brown.

The food bank was forced to close its gates two hours early because workers had distributed all of the food boxes that had been prepared for Monday.

Volunteers and staff built food-drive boxes throughout the night and the food bank opened at 9 a.m. Tuesday to resume the holiday distribution.

The food bank still needs about 1,000 turkeys and all types of canned food items.

Those interested in donating turkeys, canned food or money during the next few days can visit St. Mary's Food Bank, 2831 N. 31st Ave., Phoenix, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Canned food can also be dropped off at any Goodwill store location.

Brown said they had many safety issues involving people parking their cars and attempting to cross the middle of the street to reach the food bank. He said that it is much safer and faster to stay in your car and use the drive-thru.

The food bank is expecting to be open until 2 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday.


St. Mary's Food Bank begins distribution