Food Donations Soar To Record Level At Arizona State Fair

Governor's Office

October 31, 2016

The season of giving is here!

Thanks to a philanthropic partnership between the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and Arizona State Fair, our state achieved record food donations this year to help Arizona’s most vulnerable.

The partnership—part of a wider “Operation Santa Claus” initiative—spearheads an annual effort called “We Care Wednesdays” that offers free admission to the Arizona State Fair in exchange for canned food donations to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

In the past three weeks, the organizations’ “We Care Wednesdays” effort received more than 145,000 pounds of canned food donations.

Here are the weekly totals:

  • Week #1 — 54,347 pounds
  • Week #2 — 42,169 pounds
  • Week #3 — 48,710 pounds

In context: All three of these weekly totals are way ahead of even the highest weekly total in 2015 (33,368 pounds).

And—at a three-week total of 145,226 pounds—that means Arizona achieved an increase of 61,559 pounds compared to the previous year. The three-week total in 2015 was 83,667 pounds (a major feat in itself!).

This fantastic news is an optimistic sign of things to come as we head into the holiday season. In fact, St. Mary’s Food Bank anticipates distributing more than 12,000 turkeys to those in need in the three days leading up to Thanksgiving.

With results like these, we encourage Arizonans everywhere to continue giving what they can and to keep exemplifying the philanthropic spirit our state is known for by offering a helping hand in their communities.

Visit St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance to find a few ways you can help this holiday season.