Annual Arizona Food Bank Network Conference

Join us for the 2016 Arizona Food Bank Conference!

AAFB is once again hosting a free, one-day food bank network conference.  This event is a "must not miss" for food banks and emergency food providers, anti-hunger advocates and organizations, the faith community and many others.

Timing: Friday May 20, 2016 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Address: St. Patrick Catholic Community
                10815 N 84th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Questions? Contact us at 602-528-3434 or

Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.


2016 Conference will include lots of great speakers, workshops and networking opportunities. 

We are honored to have Dr. Hilary Seligman as our Keynote Speaker!

Dr. Seligman has a wealth of experience as a food insecurity researcher. She serves as an Associate Professor in Residence at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and is a faculty member at the Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital. Her work at UCSF has focused on the intersections between food insecurity and health, particularly the prevention and management of chronic disease. Her research has appeared in several prominent journals and she regularly speaks on the implications of food insecurity to local, regional and national audiences. Recently Dr. Seligman was selected to serve as lead scientist and senior medical advisor for Feeding America. She leads the development and design of Feeding America's research agenda related to food insecurity, poverty, nutrition, health and other related social policies.


The Produce Supply Chain
Dana Yost, Director of Resource Strategy for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, and a panel of food bank sourcing experts will lead this interactive discussion focused on all aspects of produce sourcing.  This workshop will include panelist insights and Q & A about the challenges, opportunities, and collaborative efforts that are now underway to source and deliver more fresh produce to food bank clients.

Fundraising 101
Terri Shoemaker, Director of Development and Marketing at the Association of Arizona Food Banks, will take you through everything from giving trends in the US through how people are most likely to donate to your organization. In this interactive workshop, Terri will also give you a peek into the neuroscience behind how we give and why, and leave attendees with practical resources and tips to take back put to use.

Community Gardens and Food Access
Nicolas de la Fuente, Community Garden Program Coordinator for Desert Botanical Gardens, will share with us innovative solutions to food access challenges.  Highlighting the work of Cultivating South Phoenix and their initiative Spaces of Opportunity, attendees will learn about various approaches to help food insecure communities gain consistent access to healthy and nutritious food. 

Advocacy 101
Sam Richard, Executive Director of PACFO, and David Martinez III, Advocacy & Outreach Specialist for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, will co-present a discussion around Arizona and food bank advocacy.  This session will outline the ways in which organizations can legally engage their stakeholders in education, advocacy and lobbying activities related to policy.

Food+Shelter: How Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Should Drive and Combat the Intersectionality of Hunger & Homelessness
Joan Serviss, Executive Director of the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, and Erin Cochran, AZCEH Membership & Training Coordinator, will outline significant policy changes to homeless services in recent years, and how food advocates and homeless advocates can work hand-in-hand to stabilize the housing instability, food insecurity, chronic disease and illness, and overall health and wellbeing of our local communities.


Check out materials from previous years below!

Materials from the 2015 Conference:
2015 Conference Program (PDF)
Warehouse & Food Safety Best Practices (PDF)
Food Donation Questions (PDF)
Fresh Produce Storage (PDF)
Food Keeper Brochure (PDF)
The Guide to Successful Volunteer Management(PDF)
Sample Volunteer Flyer (PDF)
Sample Volunteer Bill of Rights (PDF)
Sample Volunteer Manual (PDF)
Arizona DES Hunger Relief Program TEFAP Guide (PDF)
Senior Hunger & Poverty in Arizona (PowerPoint)
#ImagineaSolution Hunger Awareness Campaign(PDF)
Advocacy 101 (PDF)
Reducing Child Hunger Through Partnerships(PDF)

Materials from the 2014 Conference:
2014 Conference Program (PDF)
Produce Handling Best Practices (PowerPoint)
Produce Handling Handout Materials (Word Doc)
Hunger Through the Lens of Social Justice (PowerPoint)
SNAP (Food Stamp) Partnerships (PDF)
Yavapai Food Council Food Neighbors Project (PowerPoint)
PAFCO Membership Information (PDF)