The Thunderbirds and Waste Management Put in Overtime at St. Mary’s Food Bank

It’s amazing how much good can be done in just a few hours. To help fight hunger during the holidays, approximately 40 members of The Thunderbirds, including 2021 Tournament Chairman Scott Jenkins, were on hand at St. Mary’s Food Bank to help pack emergency food boxes for those in need as we approach the holiday season. This is the seventh time this year The Thunderbirds offered on-site assistance to a local charity, this time joining forces with officials from title sponsor Waste Management.


Over the course of two hours, The Thunderbirds and Waste Management officials packed more than 3,000 emergency food boxes and filled 864 backpacks with food for children who do not have access to proper nutrition outside of school – which has been directly impacted by COVID precautions. St. Mary’s Food Bank estimates this 2-hour food pack from The Thunderbirds and Waste Management resulted in helping nearly 2,400 Arizonans.

Traditionally, Thanksgiving and Christmas are the biggest time of need for hungry families, and with the current health crisis, it’s been more difficult to find volunteers to help pack all of the food that comes into the St. Mary’s Food Bank warehouse through donations.

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