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Coyotes GM, CEO help out Arizona Governor at St. Mary's Food Bank

Team brass pitches in helping emergency food kits get to those in need

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka and team president and CEO Ahron Cohen joined Governor Doug Ducey in a massive effort at St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix on Friday.

The Coyotes brass joined members of the National Guard and other Arizona state officials packaging up emergency food kits for those in need during a supplies shortage during the coronavirus pandemic.

The NHL season was paused on March 12 due to the outbreak.

The Coyotes shared video of Chayka and Cohen pitching in at the food bank. 

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: It���s our mission to make sure no one in Arizona goes hungry.Today GM Chayka and President/CEO @ahronCo21 joined @dougducey to package food boxes at @StMarysFoodBank. 📦 pic.twitter.com/V33FOmgeE7

"The overall goal was to raise awareness, to try to spread to our spheres of influence how important it is to be thinking of this issue," Cohen told the Coyotes team website. "Hopefully everybody can do what they can to make a donation or volunteer to package goods if they can, if they're healthy, if they're not part of a vulnerable group that has heightened exposure to COVID-19."

With many grocery stories in the Phoenix area reportedly in short supply, the reliance on food banks has increased heavily.

Tweet from @dougducey: Food banks across Arizona are in need of volunteers. We encourage those interested to contact your local food bank to see how you can help. #COVID19 @StMarysFoodBank @KateMcGeeAZ @KimberlyYeeAZ @ArizonaCoyotes @ahronCo21 @wendysmithreev1 @billgatesaz pic.twitter.com/CL0DNTfAKx

"The governor was looking for support for the food bank," Chayka told the team's website. "In these tough times, everyone has been binge buying food, hoarding food, and it's a difficult time here. We wanted to go out and show our support and make sure that no Arizonans are going hungry."

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