Helpful Links

Ag Against Hunger
Ag Against Hunger is a clearinghouse for surplus crops grown and harvested in the Salinas and Pájar'o Valleys.  Their mission is to alleviate hunger by providing a link between the agricultural community, their surplus produce, and food assistance organizations.

Ample Harvest
Ample Harvest is a nationwide effort to educate, encourage and enable individual gardeners with extra extra produce to easily donate to their local food pantry.  Ample Harvest also gives food pantries the opportunity to be listed in a central nationwide directory so that gardeners can share their fresh produce and, garden-by-garden, help diminish hunger in America.

Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA)
ACAA was created in 1967 to provide research, education, information and advocacy on poverty.  ACAA is governed by the 10 Community Action Agencies (CAA) and 37 community action programs (CAP) located throughout all of Arizona's 15 counties.  This structure affords ACAA the continual knowledge and understanding of the populations we represent.  ACAA will continue to listen and advocate for Arizona's most vulnerable populations.

Arizona Council of Human Service Providers
Seeks to coordinate Arizona legislative efforts and resources to ensure that basic human needs of every Arizona resident are met.

Arizona Department of Agriculture
To regulate and support Arizona agriculture in a manner that encourages farming, ranching and agribusiness while protecting consumers and natural resources.  The Department provides assistance to the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project, and in turn AAFB participates in annual AG Day planning.

Arizona Department of Corrections
To serve and protect the people of Arizona by imprisoning those offenders legally committed to the Department and by providing community based supervision for those conditionally released.  The DOC provides assistance to the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project for field harvesting and gleaning.

Arizona Department of Education (ADE)
Setting the standard for personal and community health through direct care delivery, science, public policy and leadership.  ADE helps administer the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, and the Summer Food Service Program in Arizona.

Arizona Hunger Advisory Council (HAC)
Provides a forum to develop and advocate strategies to end hunger in Arizona.  Promotes cooperation and collaboration among all agencies and decision?makers toward eliminating causes of hunger and reducing hunger where it exists.

Arizona Nutrition Network (AzNN)
Shapes food consumption in a positive way, promoting health, and reducing disease among all people living in Arizona.  Eat Well-Be Well Arizona: The Arizona Nutrition Network (AzNN) is widely recognized as a model of collaboration and for its effectiveness in improving the nutritional status of people living in Arizona.  AzNN is a public and private partnership led by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention Services (ADHS, ONCDPS) through an interagency agreement with the Department of Economic Security, Family Assistance Administration (DES, FAA).  The Network began with the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) vision to bring people and programs within a state together to deliver common nutrition messages to the low income population.

Arizona Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (AzVOAD)
Brings together voluntary organizations active in disaster services to foster more effective response to the people of Arizona in times of disaster.  AAFB was a founding member of the organization, and the AAFB President & CEO currently serves as vice president.

AZ Links
AZ Links is Arizona’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), created to help Arizona Seniors, People with Disabilities, Caregivers and Family Members locate resources and services that meet their needs.

Basic Needs Coalition in Arizona 
The coalition advocates at the state and federal level on behalf of legislation that strengthens services, laws and regulations that will enhance the quality of life for those who are poor, hungry, homeless, living in substandard housing and victims of domestic violence.  AAFB is a founding member, assisting in the formulation and advocation for statewide legislative agenda.

Bread for the World
A nationwide Christian citizens movement seeking justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying our nation's decision makers.

Children's Action Alliance (CAA)
Children's Action Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan research, education and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of all of Arizona's children and families.  Through research, publications, media campaigns and advocacy, we act as a strong and independent voice for children.

Coalition of State Food Bank Associations
The coalition works together to address issues of common concern and to share collective knowledge, experience and information with other state food bank associations in order to expand unique abilities to serve their member food banks.  AAFB was one of the founding members of the coalition.

Community Food Connections (CFC)
Works in partnership with other non-profits, faith-based organizations, growers, producers, markets, schools, neighborhood associations, government agencies and businesses throughout the state.  It develops and coordinates resources, education, information and public policies that will enhance local and regional food and economic systems.  CFC is committed to helping build strong healthy communities that ensure access to and the availability of a culturally acceptable nutritionally adequate diet for every person, or, in other words, increasing community food security.

Congressional Hunger Center (CHC)
The mission of the CHC is to fight hunger by developing leaders.  Our strategies to fulfill this mission are three-fold: to train leaders at the community, national, and international levels about the causes of and solutions to hunger, poverty, and humanitarian needs; to facilitate collaborative efforts between those organizations involved with designing policy and those developing and implementing programs aimed at ending hunger in the United States and abroad; and to increase awareness and develop strategies in the public at large as well as among those engaged in anti-hunger activities by providing specific skills and issue training to bridge the gap between service and public policy.  AAFB has hosted Emerson Hunger Fellows and works with the CHC on various national initiatives. 

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
FRAC is a leading national organization working to improve public policies to eradicate hunger and under nutrition in the United States.  Founded in 1970 as a public interest law firm, FRAC is a non-profit and non-partisan research and public policy center that serves as the hub of an anti-hunger network of thousands of individuals and agencies across the country.  AAFB is the state contact for several FRAC initiatives, including child hunger and nutrition programs, commodity distribution programs, and advocacy.

Maricopa County Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board (EFSP)
Distributes annual FEMA grant to Maricopa County organizations and monitors hunger, homelessness and emergency needs year round.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) 
MCSO, in partnership with our citizens and contract cities, will enforce state laws, deter criminal activity, protect life and property, maintain order, and operate a safe, constitutional jail system.  Through innovative leadership and our dedication to providing quality services, the Sheriff's Office will maximize the use of its resources to provide the highest quality service which will aid in improving the quality of life for the citizens of Maricopa County.  MSCO supplies inmate labor for gleaning crews and various tasks at food banks in Maricopa County, and provides the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project with transportation assistance to benefit Arizona's food banks.

Operation Blessing
To demonstrate God's love by alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. In efforts to relieve human suffering we combat hunger, deprivation and physical affliction with the provision of food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other basic necessities of life.  We also help facilitate the development of healthy, vibrant and self-sustaining communities by addressing larger issues of education, food security, potable water, employment, community health, and disaster mitigation projects.  In every endeavor, OBI seeks to exemplify Christian compassion and benevolence while conforming to the highest standards of integrity.

Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO)
PAFCO is a historic, diverse, non-partisan alliance of social services, health, community service agencies, advocacy groups, citizen advocacy, and faith-based associations.  Hundreds of social, health, and community services agencies, human services groups, citizen action and advocacy groups, and faith-based congregations are represented.  PAFCO members include an estimated 20,000 staff, board members and volunteers serving over 1.5 million people.  PAFCO was formed to stop drastic budget cuts to health and human services and urge better options to these budget cuts.  PAFCO's mission is to promote increased health and human services funding, while stopping budget cuts to these programs through new revenues created by fair and equitable tax reform.

Slow Food  / Slow Food Phoenix
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic, membership organization that educates people about how their food choices affect the rest of the world . Slow Food has grown into a large-scale international movement, with over 100,000 members in 100 countries on 5 continents. The Slow Food Network includes over 800 Convivia and Condotta around the world.  In the U.S., Slow Food is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of the many cultures living in the United States. There are more than 18,000 members in 180 chapters in the United States, including three chapters in Arizona - Slow Food Northern Arizona, Slow Food Tucson, and Slow Food Phoenix.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP)
SVDP has been serving homeless and economically disadvantaged populations for over fifty years.  Through home visits, shelter, food assistance, employment services, thrift stores and outreach programs, SVDP provides compassion and support to individuals in need, regardless of race, origin, religion or gender.  Across Central and Northern Arizona, SVDP assists others in a spirit of humility and goodwill, inviting others to actively participate in assisting underprivileged populations in the struggle against poverty.  SVDP regularly partners with the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project and on local and statewide food drives.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Services (USDA-FNS)
Enhances the quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture: ensuring a safe, affordable, nutritious, and accessible food supply; caring for agricultural, forest, and range lands; supporting sound development of rural communities; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents; expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services; and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) (PDF)
Made possible with the assistance of the Valley of the Sun United Way, individuals and households in Arizona can have their income taxes completed and filed for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  The brochure linked to is in English and Spanish.

Western Region Anti-Hunger Consortium (WRAHC)
WRAHC was founded in 1992 to strengthen anti-hunger advocacy in the western states, to foster collaborative work on regional issues, and to provide a united voice on federal issues affecting the region.  Current membership includes organizations from ten western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.  Over the years, WRAHC has implemented successful joint outreach campaigns for the Summer Food Service and SNAP (Food Stamps), produced joint policy papers, coordinated responses to federal legislation and regulations, and initiated regional media campaigns.

World Hunger Education, Advocacy & Training (WHEAT)
The mission of WHEAT is to educate, advocate, motivate and empower individuals to action in the fight against hunger.  We believe that in our struggle to end the tragedy of hunger, we must not only provide food, but we must also work with and empower the poor.  In trying to break the cycle of poverty, WHEAT supports self-help projects and other activities and policies that help eliminate the causes of hunger.

World Hunger Year (WHY)
Founded in 1975, WHY is a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.  WHY is convinced that solutions to hunger and poverty can be found at the grassroots level.  WHY advances long-term solutions to hunger and poverty by supporting community-based organizations that empower individuals and build self-reliance, i.e., offering job training, education and after school programs; increasing access to housing and healthcare; providing micro credit and entrepreneurial opportunities; teaching people to grow their own food; and assisting small farmers. WHY connects these organizations to funders, media and legislators.  At WHY, we envision a world without hunger and poverty. If we can shift the prevailing viewpoint on why hunger and poverty exist, then we can influence the policymakers and put an end to this human tragedy.