On behalf of The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s Harvest Dinner Committee, Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and clients, I want to thank all who attended and donated to the 18th Annual Harvest Dinner & Auction which was on September 23, 2017.
Your donations enabled us to raise over $245,000! This will go a long way in helping us feed the thousands of men, women, and children who come to us for food on a weekly basis. Thank you for your generosity!
Each year we send out Christmas and New Year’s greeting to our supporters and friends. We always send a staff photo as we want everyone to see just who is behind our small but wonderful food bank. This is a note I received this year after our photo went out:
“Thank you so much for the Christmas card. I particularly liked the picture and the message! Wouldn’t it be nice if all neighborhoods in all American cities looked like the beautiful people in your group! Best wishes for a happy and successful 2017.”
This is the photo:
And the author included a $100 check for us! We were thrilled and extremely grateful!
The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s serves an enormous mix of cultures and ethnicities. We strive hard to have a great variety of foods that appeal and are culturally appropriate for our neighborhood clients. Our staff and volunteers also reflect that diversity. We wouldn’t have it any other way! It is an opportunity to learn from one another, be able to serve our neighbors and be the light we want to see in the world.
From all of us, our staff, our Board, our volunteers, we wish you the Happiest of New Years and pray that 2017 is a year full of joy, blessings and great happiness for you and yours.
A Letter from a client:
Dear Food Bank @ St. Mary’s,
This is a letter of gratitude to all of you.
Thank you for running the Food Bank @ St. Mary’s so expertly. No doubt you have many challenges to deal with but there is always plenty of food for people in need at your food bank. No one leaves the food bank empty handed. The amount of good you do for the community is huge. Your food bank is a reliable lighthouse for those who need a helping hand a far as food security goes.
Special thanks for finding, hiring, and retaining an able staff starting with the excellent operations manager. No matter what the weather is, or what challenging customers showed up at the line, or when there are few volunteers to help, he makes everything run smoothly. The whole operation seems to be very efficient. The staff and volunteers are cheerful and happy and this reflects on the management and creates a welcoming atmosphere.
Please also pass the message of gratitude to all the sponsors. They are invisible to people standing in the food line but I can see some of them mentioned on your website. There must be more of these good people as it takes a great amount of resources to run a place like yours feeding as many people as you do. Please consider making sponsors’ names visible at the food bank if sponsors do not mind.
Thank you again for you good works.
A Grateful client of The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s
In response to this letter and other information provided by those who know of us and our work, The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s and Alison Pence, the Executive Director each received the 2016 Mayor’s End Hunger Award for 2016. We are humbled to have received this recognition from Mayor Ed Murray on Friday, November 18 at the Hunger Summit.
Alison Alfonzo Pence
The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s