The world’s premier food bank, located in Phoenix, becomes a storm victim and needs your cash right now. Monday night’s severe thunderstorm knocked out power to St. Mary’s Food Bank at 7 a.m. and the outage was still causing problems midday Tuesday.

The food bank’s Jerry Brown says employees were able to move some perishables to refrigerated trucks before the on site refrigerator began thawing, but not all could be saved. About $20,000 dollars of dairy products like milk, eggs and cheese spoiled. Brown says, service-wise, that’s two weeks worth of lost dairy products some 300 agencies will not receive. But your help can cover the loss. Your best bet in helping St. Mary’s through this crisis is money donations. To give, go to first food bank-dot-org.

–Barbara Villa