Barro’s Pizza

Barro’s Pizza donated 100 percent of its proceeds to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in early December. (Photo courtesy Barro’s)

Barro’s Pizza helped make a difference in the fight against hunger in Arizona, thanks to its customers. The pizza chain recently hosted its seventh annual Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight benefiting St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

The Barro family donated 100 percent of the proceeds from all 40 Barro’s locations on this day to help those in Arizona who faced hard times during the holidays.

In a single day, Barro’s Pizza raised $255,141 for St. Mary’s, making this the highest-annual donation from the event. Every dollar donated equates to seven meals, so this year’s money provided 1,785,987 meals this holiday season to Arizona’s hungry. Proceeds from 2018 have brought the seven-year total to $1,206,257, which equals almost 8.5 million meals.

Over the years, the Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight has become St. Mary’s largest cause-marketing effort of the year.

“We are so grateful to our community for the support that they showed our event and St. Mary’s,” said Ken Barro, owner of Barro’s Pizza. “It is really the community who are providing these meals and we are happy to be a part of it.”

The Barro family is committed to ending hunger in Arizona and dedicates the first Tuesday of every December to this cause.

“The Barro Family continues to amaze the food bank. More than $1 million raised in seven years for the hungry of Arizona is an incredible achievement and an incredible gift,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO Tom Kertis. “From the bottom of our hearts we thank everyone at Barro’s and al the loyal customers that make this such a fabulous event each year.”