St. Mary's Food Bank goes mobile as teacher walkout continues

Posted at 7:01 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 00:33:28-04

As the Arizona teacher walkout continues, families across Arizona are figuring out how to feed their families.

A steady stream of families lined up in Avondale to get a free meal kit on Tuesday afternoon. The St. Mary's Food Bank set up six distribution sites for families to pick up a couple of days worth of food.

About 580,000 students in Arizona qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch. A lot of times that's the only meal they'll get for the day. 

St. Mary's says it's trying to fill the gap since schools are closed but it's dipping into its reserves.

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"This is food that we had put aside for the summer," said Jerry Brown with the St. Mary's. Summer is one of the center's busiest times, but it's also when donations are down.

"If this goes on for another four or five, another week, we're going to really start to feel it at the food bank," Brown said.

The food bank handed out more than 300 bags of food in Avondale alone.