St. Mary's Our Story

 Serving two-thirds of Arizona's 15 counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need.

St. Mary's Food Bank takes very seriously and with unmatched pride its commitment as a responsible non-profit organization that is accountable to the community it serves. Over five decades, St. Mary's has tackled the challenge of easing hunger in Arizona through the vision of founder John van Hengel.

Keeping pace with the incredible upturn in need that has followed the poor economic climate and the huge rise in unemployment and underemployment, the Food Bank distributed more than 74 million pounds of food in Fiscal Year 2010-11 to meets the needs of the ever-rising number of Arizona's hungry - providing enough food into the community to provide nearly 275,000 meals per day.

The Food Bank strives to ensure that as much as possible of every donation reaches those in need as possible. More than 96 percent of every donation received is used to support its mission-driven services, ranking St. Mary’s as one of the most efficient of all charities.

Those who have examined our fiscal practices and businesses have found St. Mary's to be a safe and trustworthy organization. Charity Navigator, the nation's top charity evaluator, has awarded the Food Bank its 4-star rating – the highest possible rating -- nine times, including Fiscal Year 2010-11.
Along with past awards, Charity Navigator President and CEO Ken Berger has praised St. Mary's, saying the Food Bank "consistently executes its mission in a financially responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America ...and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

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