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Barro's to host annual holiday hunger fight Dec. 7 to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank

Last year, Barro’s Pizza set a record raising more than $335,000 for St. Mary’s Food Bank. Barro’s is hoping to set a new record this year.

On Tuesday, Dec. 7 Barro’s Pizza, including the Queen Creek location, will host the 10th annual Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight benefiting St. Mary’s Food Bank.

From open to close at all 46 locations across the Valley, the Barro family will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from all sales to help those in Arizona facing hard times during the holidays.

“So many in our community are struggling,” said Ken Barro, co-owner of Barro’s Pizza. “This annual event means so much to our family. It’s a time that we dedicate to encouraging our whole community to give back and help those in need. We do this event each year in honor of our mother, Doran Barro. This mission was very near and dear to her heart, so it’s just one more reason that we go all in every year.”

Last year, Barro’s Pizza set a record raising more than $335,000 for St. Mary’s Food Bank. Barro’s is hoping to set a new record this year. Every dollar donated equates to seven meals, so last year’s donation provided 2,345,000 meals to Arizona’s hungry during the holiday season. Over the last nine years, Barro’s has raised more than $1.8 million, which equals more than 12.6 million meals. The Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight has become St. Mary’s largest cause-marketing effort of the year.

“We encourage everyone to support the annual Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight by visiting their neighborhood Barro’s restaurant on Dec. 7,” said Tom Kertis, St. Mary’s president and CEO. “The Barro family and their incredible customers have raised funds to provide more than 12 million meals for Arizona’s hungry during the holidays, and we thank them for their commitment to those in need.”

The Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight is named after the matriarch of the Barro family, Doran Barro, who the family lost in 2016. The issue of hunger in Arizona and around the world was very important to Doran so she took on this effort with the support of her family and friends and most importantly, with the support of Barro’s loyal customers who participate each year. The Barro family chose to continue this fundraiser in her honor.

10th annual Doran Barro Holiday Hunger Fight facts

One large pizza = 70 meals
One order of wings = 42 meals

One side salad = 25 meals
One fountain drink = 13 meals

Barro’s Pizza

Barro’s Pizza is family-owned and operated with 46 locations in Maricopa and Pima counties. The Barro’s Pizza recipe comes from Grandma Angelina Barro, who came from Italy in the 1930s, making a pizza unlike any other. Barro’s Pizza also offers wings, salads, sandwiches, pasta, gluten-free pizza options, dessert, beer and wine. For more information, visit

St. Mary's Food Bank

Celebrating its 54th year as the world’s first food bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to more than 900 partner agencies in Arizona that serve the hungry.  Serving nine of Arizona’s 15 counties, the organization is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, and is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. In Fiscal Year 2021, the Food Bank distributed an all-time record of 123 million pounds of food to Arizona families and children and garnered more than 75,000 volunteer service hours. For more information, visit or call 602-242-FOOD.