Todd’s Foods serves up 4,531 meals to the homeless

Todd's Foods check presentation to the Phoenix Rescue Mission

Nicole Peña, Director of Outreach at the Phoenix Rescue Mission, accepts a check to feed the homeless from employees at Todd's Foods in Phoenix.

Todd's Enterprises, Inc. in Phoenix knows what it takes to feed hungry people. For four decades Todd's has provided high quality soups, sauces, salad dressings and a variety of other fine food products to luxury hotels, national chain restaurants, grocery stores, health care facilities,  schools and universities. Now, through a grant from their parent corporation Heinz, Todd's employees chose to feed the homeless by sponsoring more than 4,500 meals at the Phoenix Rescue Mission dining room this Fall. Phoenix Rescue Mission estimates that each meal it serves costs $1.92. 

Todd's graciously chose to support the Mission's Early Bird program, where businesses, churches and individual donors can cover the cost of meals in the month's leading up to our annual Thanksgiving Banquet. 

Todd's warehouse sits approximately two miles west of the Phoenix Rescue Mission shelter. The Mission is thankful to have neighbors like Todd's who care about the homeless and the hopeless and offer their support. The mantra of the Mission is:   "Hope Starts with a Meal". Todd's has certainly served up stock pots full of hope.

Thanks to You Last Month…

Thanks to your gifts and over 1,600 hours volunteered last month…

·         We served 23,024 meals to hungry and hurting people
·         We provided over 3,520 safe nights of shelter
·         We gave emergency food boxes to 4,295 families in need
·         We distributed over 8,000 bottles of water to homeless people on the streets of Phoenix

On behalf of all the men, women and children YOU helped in May, we say THANK YOU!

Visit our website if you would like to learn more about our programs and how you can get involved.

Thanking Volunteers for the Fruits of Their Spirit

Volunteer of the Year winner, Janet Garcia with Phoenix Rescue Mission President & CEO, Jerry Sandvig

Phoenix Rescue Mission thanked volunteers this year with a "Fruit of the Spirit" theme at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

We have a lot to thank them for; it is because of our volunteers serving meals in the dining hall, working with the kitchen staff, serving food daily, making sack lunches, holding canned food drives and building food boxes that Phoenix Rescue Mission was able to make an impact toward eliminating hunger in our community.

Last year more than 7,000 volunteers logged close to 16,000 hours in service at Outreach events and in service to Mission clients. Their hands packed 53,675 food boxes, served 74 meals each day in our dining hall and spread peanut butter on bread for 60,000 sack meals driven out to parks, homeless camps and under overpasses by our Hope Coach. Without their heart for the homeless and poor, our work would be extremely limited. Our volunteers not only help to fill stomachs, but also help to mend hearts and demonstrate that God’s love is exceedingly abundant. 

Phoenix Rescue Mission congratulates all our award winners:

Love Award for the Volunteer of the Year - Janet Garcia
Joy Award—Generation Church
Peace Award—Phyllis Barbee
Patience Award—Dean Glasco
Kindness Award—Safeway, Inc.
Goodness Award—Susan Welsh & Paula Weirather, Sprouts Farmer’s Markets
Faithfulness Award—Cornerstone Church, Chandler, Arizona
Gentleness Award—Howie Biemeck, Harvest Bible Chapel
Self-Control Award—Frank Woods, Christ Church Anglican

 “...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self  control.”
Galations 5:22,23

Visit our website to learn more about volunteering at Phoenix Rescue Mission.

We couldn’t do it without you!

Thanks to all our donors, volunteers and sponsors, Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Annual Easter Event was a huge success for hundreds of families.

We are thrilled to give people a way to give back to their own community and want to thank everyone who made Saturday’s event possible. Because of you, every family left with Easter Baskets for the kids and clothing and a food box for everyone, but most of all they left with the feeling that people really do care about them and want to help.

You can view photos of the event on Flickr

Can Madness!

Thank you to NorthShore Student Ministries for holding their “Can Madness” food drive for Phoenix Rescue Mission. Together, they were able to collect nearly 300 cans of food for our food pantry and personal care items we give to those on the streets in our Hope Totes. These donations are more than just a can of food or a bottle of shampoo, they are a chance to connect and reach out to someone in need.

We make it easy to do a food drive with your group of family, friends or coworkers by providing boxes, lists of needs and we even do pick-ups. Contact Marlena at mpadron@phoenixrescuemission.org if you’d like to start collecting for us today.