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St. Mary’s Food Bank founded National Food Bank Day to recognize the outstanding contributions of food banks around the country and to commemorate the establishment of St. Mary’s Food Bank by its founder John van Hengel in 1967. John van Hengel came up with the idea of grocery rescue and food banking and the idea spread throughout the country making St. Mary’s Food Bank the very first in the world! In 2017, St. Mary’s celebrates its 50th anniversary!


In honor of National Food Bank Day:

  • Help a neighbor, a friend, coworker or a child by making a donation.
  • Volunteer at your local food bank. Food banks take nonperishable food items and cash donations every day.
  • Visit the website to locate the nearest Food Bank near you