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Men’s Basketball Volunteers at Local Food Bank

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona men’s basketball spent Friday volunteering at the St. Mary’s Food Bank continuing its commitment to giving back to the Flagstaff community.

“We would not be able to function without volunteers,” said Maria Gonzales, the volunteer coordinator for St. Mary’s Food Bank.   “We have a staff of eight and sometimes we will have as few as three.  There is a lot of work to do with such a small staff so we would not exist without volunteers.

“NAU has been awesome.  They are absolutely instrumental in what we have been able to do this last year.  We plan on doing a lot more with the student-athletes.  It has been a great partnership.”

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, the world's first food bank, is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to sites that serve the hungry.

Serving 13 of Arizona's 15 counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need.

St. Mary’s Food Bank is based on Phoenix, Ariz., and has five locations in Arizona.  The Flagstaff organization sends out a million and a half pounds of food a month and serves 85 agencies in northern Arizona.

DID YOU KNOW…Thirty-five Northern Arizona University student-athletes and department student assistants participated in spring commencement ceremonies on the NAU campus and were commissioned degrees as part of the Class of 2009. 

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