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Arizona Food Banks Still In Need Of Donations

This Thanksgiving, nearly 13 million kids in the United States are facing hunger according to Feeding America. The nonprofit reports many of those children became hungry after a string of disasters across the country. That's impacting Arizonans in need.

With recent natural and human disasters harming tens of thousands, our hearts and wallets opened to help fellow Americans.

To the point, that Jerry Brown with St. Mary’s Food Bank, figured donor fatigue had set in when inventory showed they still needed twice as many turkeys to fill 12,000 emergency food boxes in five days. 

“We were really worried at the weekend, but as always, the benevolent Arizona citizen really responded when we needed it," said Brown.

Salvation Army spokesman Scott Johnson said they too were struggling.

He is grateful last-minute donations met their needs, but reminds everyone we’re only at the halfway mark.

“We’re just asking people to dig a little deeper this year, because there are still thousands of people in our own back yard that really need help during the holiday season," said Johnson.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.