Our Mission: To deliver food and quality services to food banks and to foster relationships in support of our commitment to eliminate hunger.
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 1,700 food pantries and agencies. As one of the first state food bank associations in the nation, 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.