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Updated Mar 1, 2013 - 11:00 am

NASCAR driver makes donation to St. Mary’s Food

PHOENIX — A meaty donation helped ease the stress Thursday of those who are committed to feeding the Valley’s hungry.

As part of the Race to End Hunger, Farmland Foods and Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola presented St. Mary’s Food Bank with a $20,000 check and nearly 43 cases of meat. Almirola drives car number 43.

The donation equals approximately 150,000 meals used to feed the Valley’s homeless population.

“Rolling into March, we’ve gone through a lot of the food that folks donated through the holiday season, so this donation could not come at a better time,” said Jerry Brown, director of media relations for the food bank.

The generous donation doesn’t change that fact that St. Mary’s can still use all the help it can get. According to Brown, 1 in 5 Arizonans and 1 in 4 of the state’s children don’t know where their next is coming from.

The food bank is looking for food and/or cash donations, along with volunteers who can help pack boxes.

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