Our Vision:
A hunger-free Arizona.

Our Mission:
To deliver food and quality services to food banks and to foster relationships in support of our commitment to eliminate hunger.

 




 



 

 

About AAFB

 
 


Established in 1984, the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) is a private, non-profit organization serving five regional food bank members and a network of nearly 1,200 food pantries and agencies. AAFB is one of the first state associations in the nation and an inaugural partner state association of Feeding America. AAFB was instrumental in the development of a statewide gleaning project, and our advocacy efforts have brought about beneficial state and federal legislation for our member food banks and the people they serve.

AAFB develops food resources, promotes nutrition, advocates for public policy changes to help hungry people, fosters cooperation among food banks, networks with government, local, state and national leaders dedicated to ending hunger, and engages all sectors of society in hunger awareness and sensitivity.

The Association of Arizona Food Banks is not a food bank - we help make food banking better. 

Our on-going goals include:

  • Coordinating the rescuing, transportation and distribution of food.
  • Providing effective public education about hunger issues.
  • Advocating for food security through sound public nutrition policy.
  • Serving as a source of information and expertise to increase awareness of hunger issues for the general public.
  • Improving and maintaining organizational effectiveness to maximize our efforts to help hungry people.
  • Developing financial support, relationships and resources to better serve our members.
  • Expanding coalitions with other anti-hunger and anti-poverty organizations.
  • Investigating new initiatives to preserve and expand food resources.
Today, AAFB is active in many projects and collaborations throughout Arizona:
  • Established and maintains a Toll-Free Hot Line for statewide access to the food bank network for donations and referrals.
  • Publishes Food Lines, our quarterly anti-hunger newsletter, and the Statewide Food Providers Directory.
  • Maintains strong partnerships with food industry representatives and leaders.
  • Maintains strong partnerships with state administering agencies of federal food and nutrition assistance programs, businesses and religious leaders.
  • Supports national anti-hunger legislation for such programs as TEFAP, WIC and SNAP (Food Stamps).
  • Coordinated the response of Arizona food banks to natural disasters as a member of Arizona Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (AzVOAD).
  • Assists in the coordination of statewide food drives.