Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Peralta Elementary School Teams Up With St. Mary's Food Bank & Target's "Meals for Minds" Program

More than 80 percent of the children at Peralta Elementary School in west Phoenix are members of families who struggle with hunger on a daily basis. But thanks to a great partnership with Target and its “Meals for Minds” , St. Mary’s Food Bank distributed more than 22,000 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables and bread to more than 1,000 Peralta students and their families on Oct. 7.

It was a huge day for Peralta in other ways. Target also completely refurbished the school’s library, adding 2,000 new books, a complete technology upgrade with computers and iPads as well as new furniture, carpet and shelves. Each student also received seven new books to add to their own at-home collections.

St. Mary’s will visit Peralta and Garfield Elementary School in central Phoenix every other week this fall, distributing more nutritious, fresh food like potatoes, salad, pears, cauliflower and celery for the kids to take home to their families to incorporate into meals. The smiles on the faces of the children, parents and St. Mary’s and Target employees told the story – this was an incredible community event that will replayed again and again this fall.

Thanks to Fox 10’s Alexis Vance for the great television coverage. Thanks to the administration and staff at Peralta for being such wonderful hosts. And to Target leader and St. Mary’s Board Member Paul Magee and all the hard-working Target employees – thank you for all your hard work and we’ll see you all next time!

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