Providing Aid and Building Community Spirit with St. Mary’s Food Bank

DFDG is dedicated to enhancing the way people experience their architecture and interiors by combining compassion with technical knowledge and design integrity. St. Mary’s Food Bank, the first food bank in the United States, serves to alleviate hunger through the gathering and distribution of food while encouraging self-sufficiency, collaboration, advocacy, and education. Both firms have dedicated more than a half-century to the Arizona community. DFDG recently volunteered time to make emergency meal boxes.

These boxes provide a vital stop-gap for families in need, and the impact of their time will help over 3,000 Arizona families. Stephany Huerta, one of our volunteers, said, “I decided to volunteer because I thought even if I just help in a small thing, it would be much more productive than the things I’d be doing if I didn’t. I felt so useful and being there with everyone smiling and cheering made me feel like a part of the community. No one was forced to show up, they chose to, and that made the experience so joyful. After hearing about the results and how around 3000 families will be helped, it made that fun experience something real, that brief effort we did made some families’ day.”

Johnson Marklin, another volunteer, enjoyed the comradery he gained with the people there from the DFDG team as well as volunteers from other groups. “Everyone coming together to work toward the common goal of helping families showed me the compassion here in Phoenix for people who are less fortunate. Just doing the small part of unboxing peanut butter and adding it to the assembly line gave me great joy in knowing all the families it would go to help. Truly a wonderful experience.”

Jana Brickey, who also volunteered with her husband on their anniversary, said, “When the date of the volunteer event came out, my husband and I thought what better way to give back for the wonderful life we have been given here in Arizona and by DFDG Architecture on our anniversary. We had a wonderful time working alongside our fellow staff members but also other members of our community.”

DFDG Architecture and St. Mary’s Food Bank both share a commitment to making a positive impact in the community. By working together, we were able to help families in need and provide a sense of community and comradery for our team. It is heartening to see the impact that these small acts of kindness can have on the lives of others.

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