Volunteering at St Mary's Food Bank

HSGP is turning out to help fight hunger in Arizona!


St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, the world's first food bank, is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to sites that serve the hungry. 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.

Want to help even more? HSGP is aiming to be named a Hunger Hero, which means we have volunteered at St. Mary's three times this year, donated $1,000, and donated 1,000 lbs of food. If you'd like to help us reach this goal, consider bringing some healthy food to donate (bottled water, peanut butter, canned or dry beans, or other healthy foods are always needed). We are currently at about 200 lbs donated. Each Volunteer, youth and adult, will need to complete a release form. Release forms can be found under the "More" tab at the top of the page, in the section labeled "files". If you have volunteered with us at St. Mary's before, you do not need to fill out the form again. 

Details for the day:


Parking is limited on some days due to activity at their campus locations. Let’s try to carpool as much as possible. East Valley volunteers, I'll be in southwest corner of the parking lot of AZ Mills Mall on I-10 and US-60 (behind Joe's Crab Shack) at 11:15, to leave at 11:30 for carpooling.


Due to Health codes and safety reasons, a required dress policy is in effect! Volunteers MUST wear Closed Toe Shoes, Shirts need to be short or long sleeved (No tank tops, spaghetti straps, etc.) and Shorts are okay. Please leave valuables, purses or backpacks in your vehicle for your safety and security! St. Mary’s Food Bank is not responsible for lost and/or stolen items brought into our facilities! Stay alert at all times— Please DO NOT operate Cell Phones or IPods on the volunteer floor!

Please RSVP so we have an accurate count.


Email Michal Otten ([masked]) with any questions.

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  • Lynn E.

    I apologize for confusing HSGP and the Phoenix Atheist group. The Atheist group volunteered at the smaller JC Lincoln Food Bank several times and we greatly appreciated their help. I have been volunteering every week at JCL Food Bank for several years but after I criticized the D&D as a meeting place the Atheist Group stopped helping us. I feel responsible for the loss of their help in filling emergency food bags.

    October 11, 2013

    • Michal O.

      Lynn, I am sure your criticism had nothing to do with the Atheist group not volunteering there anymore. It is possible the person who organized the JCL events moved or was no longer available to organize. I know John, one of the organizers, became very busy because he was putting together Camp Quest Arizona. It is also very far north, and maybe the group just couldn't get enough people together. But I say if this is something you are passionate about, you should try to organize a Meetup. Send me an email if that is something you'd be interested in taking on for HSGP.

      October 11, 2013

  • Lynn E.

    Hope moving to St Mary's Food Bank from the JC Lincoln Food Bank where I volunteer wasn't because of my comments about the awful Duck & Decanter "meetings".
    We miss the wonderful help the Humanist group gave to our food bank.
    Sorry, but the D&D is not a good place for a meeting. We sit at separate long rectangular tables and I can barely hear one person sitting next to my left side. I would like to hear everybody in the group because I think we have a wonderful group.
    I can go anywhere and eat by myself but when someone says "meeting" I hope to hear everybody.

    October 5, 2013

    • Michal O.

      Hi Lynn, D&D is actually the Phoenix Atheist Meetup, not HSGP. I'm not aware of HSGP volunteering at JC Lincoln Food Bank in the past - we've been going to St. Mary's for over a year now. Either way, I hope you are able to make it Saturday, St. Mary's is a great organization and we are proud to support them.

      October 10, 2013

  • Marian S.

    I will be going and plan to meet up at Arizona Mills Mall by 11:30 am. Thanks.

    1 · October 6, 2013

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