Barro’s Pizza outlets in Gilbert and across the Valley are joining the fight against hunger in Arizona.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Barro’s will host its eighth annual Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight benefiting St. Mary’s Food Bank.
The Barro family will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from all its pizzerias.
“The community has really gotten behind this event every year, and we hope they will do the same this year by ordering or dining in at one of our restaurants on Dec. 3,” said Barro’s co-owner Gina Barro.
“Barro’s makes it a priority to help in the community however we can, and it’s especially important over the holidays to make sure no one goes hungry. We are committed to helping to end hunger in Arizona and continue to dedicate the first Tuesday in December every year to help this cause.”
Last year, Barro’s Pizza raised a total $255,141 for St Mary’s, making this the highest donation from the annual event.
Every dollar donated equates to seven meals, so this last year’s donation provided 1,785,987 meals during the holiday season to Arizona’s hungry.
Over the last seven years, $1,206,257 was raised which equals almost 8.5 million meals. Over the years, the Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight has become St. Mary’s largest cause-marketing effort of the year.
“We are so very grateful to the Barro Family for their continued support each year,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO Tom Kertis. “We truly couldn’t do what we do without the generosity and support of companies like Barro’s Pizza and their loyal customers. We are so very appreciative for your continued support of our community.”
Gilbert locations that are part of the effort are: 1939 E. Baseline Road, 4636 S. Higley Road and 1431 E. Williams Field Road.
Celebrating its 52nd year as the world’s first Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that works with 689 agencies at more than 800 locations in Arizona that serve the hungry in nine of Arizona’s 15 counties.
In Fiscal Year 2018-19, the Food Bank distributed more than 97 million pounds of food to Arizona families and children and garnered more than 225,000 volunteer service hours.