St. Mary's volunteers

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix says they are looking for more volunteers to help with the fall/holiday season to help put emergency food boxes together. 

Director of Public Relations for St. Mary's Food Bank, Jerry Brown, says before the pandemic, they had about a hundred or more volunteers during their two-a-day shifts (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), at their main warehouse in Phoenix, but the need to build more boxes is up as they head into October.

"We are seeing less than 50 volunteers per shift and using staff employees to fill out one box building line," Brown said. 

During the pandemic, St. Mary's had assistance from the Arizona National Guard, which helped other food banks across the state. As they ended their assistance, St. Mary's is still seeing low volunteer numbers.

"We have volunteer shifts Tuesday-Friday from 9-11 am and 1-3 pm. And we have Saturday shifts from 8-10 am and noon-2 pm. We are closed on Sunday and Monday. We ask all unvaccinated volunteers to wear masks."

If you are interested in volunteering with St. Mary's, you can visit their website here

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