Pictured are volunteers packing meal boxes at St. Mary’s Food Bank. The Ocotillo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution are meeting Sept. 13 to discuss ways to help the food bank.
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DAR hosting St. Mary’s Food Bank director

Staff Report~ 9/10/2014

ANTHEM – The Ocotillo Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will host Claudia Cucitro, Senior Director of Planned Gifts at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance as a guest speaker at their meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13.

The world’s first food bank was the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Arizona, founded by John van Hengel, in 1967. Director Cucitro just celebrated her 19th year with the non-sectarian, non-profit organization and will speak at the DAR meeting on the early history of the St Mary’s, how individuals and groups can volunteer to pack meal boxes, and how the organization has modernized the industry to efficiently gather and distribute food to more than 330 partners agencies at more than 430 locations that serve the hungry. St. Mary’s has an array of programs, and one of them is to provide approximately 5,000 meals at 99 private and public sites around the valley during their 2014 Summer Food Service Program for Children. The Food Bank distributed enough food to provide 70 million meals to families and individuals in 2013.

The Ocotillo Chapter DAR meeting will discuss the food bank’s work, as well as other ways to serve the community. Meetings are open to non-members. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m., at the Outlets at Anthem Community Room #435. For more details, call Willine at (623) 551-3764 or visit www. ocotillo.arizonadar.org.