This fall, we honor the memory of those that came before us by alleviating hunger today.

Bring your non-perishable food items for donation with you to the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library from now until the end of November

In 2012, then Taoiseach Enda Kenny cited Ireland’s generational memory of the Great Famine as inspiration behind Irish aid agencies fighting hunger across the globe. Since the Great Famine, or An Gorta Mór as it is known in the Irish language, millions of Irish people have emigrated from Ireland, and carried that generational memory with them to their new homes.

Here in the US, and Arizona in particular, a significant number of Irish immigrants and their descendants have made their mark on their communities.  Famine memorials, such as An Gorta Mór at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix, can be found all across the United States. As we near the most popular time of year to be Irish, the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library ask that you too find inspiration, and help us feed those in need.

From September 23rd through November 30th, the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library is partnering with St. Mary’s Food Bank to collect non-perishable food products to help alleviate hunger in Arizona.

For any questions about upcoming Food Drives, please email:

Most Needed Items

Peanut Butter, Canned Protein (Chicken-Tuna-Spam), Canned Ravioli, Canned Fruits (No Sugar Added), Canned Vegetables (Low or No Sodium), Beans (Dry or Canned), Cereal (Boxed- Whole Grain or Whole Wheat)