St. Mary's Food Bank is in need of non-perishable food supplies after peanut butter recalls further depleted their reserves.
The food bank has 50 percent less non-perishable food items in its three warehouse locations than this time last year. The shortage is causing St. Mary's to decrease the amount of core items they are able to put in over 30,000 emergency food boxes distributed each month.
St. Mary's removed all peanut butter from its shelves after the recent recall, which only added to their problem of having a short supply of non-perishable protein sources.
"The peanut butter recall has come at a difficult time because our warehouse supplies were already at low levels coming off a very slow donation summer," said Beverly Damore, President and CEO of St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance. "Now taking a core item of our emergency food boxes away has really put a strain on our ability to meet the needs of Arizona's hungry."
This is the first time St. Mary's has been forced to ration non-perishable food items since the economic downturn in 2008.
St. Mary's has had to decline non-perishable food requests from some of its 300-plus agency partners because supplies of basic core items have reached such a low level.
The food bank is asking for tuna (canned or vacuum packed), canned Soups, stews, chili and pastas, all varieties of beans (canned or dried), retail-sized cans of tomatoes, fruit and vegetables, boxes of cereal, juice (canned, plastic or boxed), and any type of pasta or rice.
Take donations to all Goodwill locations or these St. Mary's locations:
2831 N. 31st Avenue
13050 W. Elm Street
1801 W. Route 66