Friends of the Farm Program

Friends of the Farm is a pilot program that allows Arizona’s farmers and growers to expand their market reach and support food banks to get a reliable quantity of local fresh food for clients in need. Our goal is to purchase fresh, Arizona-grown produce, dairy, and protein and distribute it to Arizonans struggling with hunger through the statewide emergency food relief network. The focus is to purchase from small growers to provide unique variety to food banks that complement other product being distributed at the same time. We define “small growers” according to the USDA farm classification scale of annual gross cash farm income below $350,000 or 150 acres (both will be considered on a case by case basis).

If you are a grower interested in providing a proposal for purchase of product available now, please fill out this form to provide details.

If you are a grower and interested in providing a proposal for future planting, please contact Sylvia McKeever, Logistics Manager at sylvia@azfoodbanks.org.

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Food Banks & COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We will periodically be posting updates below to support you in finding resources for you and your family.
SUPPORTING FOOD BANKS

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SCHOOL MEALS DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES   

Click here for a map of feeding sites! 
 

Parents and caregivers may also text FOOD, or COMIDA, to 877-877 to find the nearest sites. 

All Arizona schools are closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, per Governor Doug Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman. Please visit the Arizona Department of Education's COVID-19 wepbage for more details and click on "School Meals" tab for an up-to-date list of school districts and other sites offering meals during school closures. 

Pandemic EBT 


Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provides assistance to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, while schools are out of session due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arizona P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits program is a partnership between DES, the Arizona Department of Education, and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Learn more about Pandemic EBT in Arizona: Pandemic EBT (English) or EBT por la pandemia (espanol)


Emergency Meals-to-You! Getting school meals to rural students

In partnership with the USDA and state agencies, the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty has implemented the Emergency Meals-to-You program to provide shelf-stable, easily prepared, kid-friendly meals to students in rural school districts during unexpected school closures lasting four weeks or longer.


Guidance to Schools on COVID-19
  • Arizona's Department of Education (ADE) is working with schools that intend to continue their meal service programs for children during the time schools are closed due to COVID-19.
  • Schools that continue to operate meal programs during the COVID-19 shutdowns have the flexibility to provide meals to be taken and consumed offsite, to allow for the recommended social distancing precautionary measures, per the USDA Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) waiver (March 14, 2020).
  • Non-school sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program that are approved and in good standing also have the flexibility listed above: to provide meals to be taken and consumed offsite.
  • School nutrition departments and/or food service staff have the flexibility to prepare meals on school sites for non-congregate consumption during the COVID-19 school closures, per the USDA FNS waiver provided to ADE on March 14, 2020.
  • Schools must be "area eligible" to provide meals. Schools must also make a public announcement regarding their food service plans.
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Food Banks: Best Practices During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

GUIDANCE FOR FOOD BANKS & OTHER EMERGENCY FOOD PROVIDERS

Here are some of the ways our partner agencies are continuing to distribute emergency food assistance while working to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

United Food Bank: 358 E. Javelina Avenue, Mesa, AZ, 85210  
United Food Bank is taking all reasonable measures we can to limit the risk of coronavirus at our volunteer facilities. Without the support and dedication of our volunteers to deliver mor
e than 86,860 pounds of food each week to our 220+ member agencies, we cannot effectively sort food, build emergency food boxes, or operate our weekly Help Yourself Food Co-op on Fridays.

To that end, we want to assure volunteers that we are increasing our cleaning protocols and following all recommendations from the World Health Organziation, US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and the City of Mesa.

For more information about changes to our weekly Help Yourself Food Co-op that will get clients in and out with a minimum of contact, see our

United Food Bank COVID-19 Update

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona:
3003 S. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85713

What is the Community Food Bank doing?
• Our doors are staying open. We are switching our food distributions to a drive-through model to limit person-to-person contact.
• In accordance with CDC recommendations, we are canceling large events and gatherings.
• We are taking extra measures to keep our staff and volunteers healthy. We have encouraged many staff to work from home, and provided extra sanitation and hand-washing stations where possible.

What can you do to help?
• Please stay home if you’re sick. We all need to help protect members of our community who are most vulnerable to illness.
• If you are healthy and able, please help by volunteering to pack emergency food boxes. We URGENTLY need volunteers to keep our operations running. Email volunteer@communityfoodbank.org to get started.
• If you’ve traveled to areas affected by the coronavirus, or have been in contact with sick individuals, please do not sign up for volunteer shifts.
• Donate today. As schools shut down and the economy is affected, we expect a higher than usual need for emergency food. You can help us keep our doors open.

ICM Food & Clothing Bank: 501 S. 9th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, 85007
Beginning on Friday, March 13, ICM's plan will be as follows:

• Stay open Monday-Friday from 9-11 AM to distribute food pantry boxes only. Food boxes will be distributed outside the building.
• Clothing Room will be closed until further notice.
• SNAP and SNAP to Work Programs will take clients by appointment only.
• All staff who can work from home can do so starting at 12PM.
• All non-essential tours and classes will be cancelled for the month of March and April.
• All meetings will be held virtually.

Tempe Community Action Agency: 2146 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ. 85281
Our first concern is the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, clients, and their household members within our community. We are working with our partners to address concerns daily and are closely monitoring information from the CDC, state and county sources to help ensure the actions we are taking are in line with the latest recommendations. Currently, we are taking the following steps:

• Increasing our cleaning and sanitizing of high-traffic, shared, and common areas at our sites
• Distributing information on illness prevention measures to employees, volunteers, and clients
• Encouraging employees and volunteers to stay home when ill, when aiding a household member who is ill, or after traveling to affected areas
• Asking staff and volunteers to adhere to social distancing service guidelines
• Seeking additional ways to expand food distribution to people in need through our food pantry, senior home-delivered meals program and congregate meals and food box deliveries to Tempe schools
• Working with our I-HELP Shelter partners to continue providing shelter to men and women experiencing homelessness
• Shifting to phone-based case management to continue to assist adults and families enrolled in our Health Start Program, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and Financial Opportunity Center
• Continuing to provide emergency rent/mortgage and utility assistance, particularly for people who experience reduced work hours, health crises, or job loss (link to application)

Volunteers play an important role in our work. We are evaluating what changes we need to make in our Volunteer Program as more directives are made at the federal, state and local level. We are also monitoring volunteer involvement and may be in need of additional volunteers in the very near future. On any given day, we rely on an average of 20 volunteers to ensure food and shelter services are offered. 
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Arizona Food Bank Conference Archives

Find all previous conference material below:

Materials from the 2018 Conference:
Creating a Hunger-Free Arizona

2018 Farm Bill Update
Finding Funding
Food Banks Role in Disaster Response
Getting More Produce to Our Clients

Materials from the 2017 Conference:
Feeding Your Flame

Hunger and Economic Inequity
The Cost of Caring
The 7 Storytelling Wonders of the World
The New Face of Volunteerism
Three Ways to Advocate for a Hunger Free Arizona

Materials from the 2016 Conference:
Food Insecurity, Food Banks, and Health care: A Journey
The Produce Supply Chain
Fundraising 101
Community Gardens and Food Access
Food and Shelter


Materials from the 2015 Conference:
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:
Produce Handling Best Practices
Produce Handling Handout Materials
Hunger Through the Lens of Social Justice
SNAP (Food Stamp) Partnerships
Yavapai Food Council Food Neighbors Project
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House Bill 2186: School Meals

House Bill 2186 outlines how schools and families should manage unpaid student meal debt in a way that ensures students receive nutritious meals without stigmatization while schools remain able to collect unpaid debt.


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Legislative District 30 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 30



Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Tony Navarrete (D)    
House Gary Spears (R) Robert Meza (D) Raquel Teran (D)


 
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Legislative District 29 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 29



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Martin Quezada (D)  
House Cesar Chavez (D) Richard Andrade (D)
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Legislative District 28 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 28



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Kate Brophy-McGee (R) Christine Marsh
(D)
   
House Maria Syms
(R)
Kathy Pappas Petsas (R) Kelli Butler (D) Aaron Lieberman (D)
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Legislative District 27 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 27



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Rebecca Rios (D)  
House Reginals Bolding (D) Diego Rodriguez (D)
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Legislative District 26 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 26



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Rebecca Speakman (R) Juan Mendez (D)  
House Raymond Speakman (R) Athena Salman (D) Isela Blanc (D)

 

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Legislative District 25 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 25



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Tyler Pace (R) Kathy Mohr-Almeida (D)  
House Rusty Bowers (R) Michelle Udall (R) Johnny Martin (D)
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Legislative District 24 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 24



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Vicki Alger (R) Lela Alston (D)  
House David Alger (R) Amish Shah (D) Jennifer Longdon (D)



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Legislative District 23 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 23



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R) Daria Lohman (D)  
House John Kavanagh (R) Jay Lawrence (R) Eric Kurland (D)


 
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Legislative District 22 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 22



Meet the Candidates
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Senate David Livingston (R) Wendy Garcia (D)    
House Ben Toma (R) Frank Carroll (R) Valerie Harris (D) Teri Sarmiento (D)
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Legislative District 21 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 21



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Rick Gray (R)      
House Kevin Payne (R) Tony Rivero (R) Gilbert Romero (D) Bradley Hughes (D)
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Legislative District 20 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 20



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Paul Boyer (R) Douglas Ervin (D)    
House Anthony Kern (R) Shawnna Bolick (R) Hazel Chandler (D) Christopher Gilfillan (D)

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Legislative District 19 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 19



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Lupe Contreras (D)  
House Diego Espinoza (D) Lorenzo Sierra (D)
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Legislative District 18 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 18



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Frank Schmuck (R) Sean Bowie (D)    
House Jill Norgaard (R) Greg Patterson (R) Mitzi Epstein (D) Jennifer Jemaine (D)
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Legislative District 17 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 17



Meet the Candidates
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Senate JD Mesnard (R) Steve Weichert (D)  
House Jeff Weninger (R) Nora Ellen (R) Jennifer Pawlik (D)

 
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Legislative District 16 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 16



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Senate David Farnsworth (R) Benjamin Carmitchel (D)  
House Kelly Townsend (R) John Fillmore (R) Sharon Stinard (D)
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Legislative District 15 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 15



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Heather Carter (R) Kristin Dybvig-Pawelko (D)    
House Nancy Barto
(R)
John Allen
(R)
Jennifer Samuels (D) Julie Gunnigle (D)
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Legislative District 14 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 14



Meet the Candidates
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Senate David Gowan (R) Jamie Alvarez (D)    
House Gail Griffin (R) Becky Nutt (R) Shelley Renne-Leon (D) Bob Karp (D)


 

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Legislative District 13 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 13



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Sine Kerr (R) Michelle Harris (D)  
House Timothy Dunn (R) Joanne Osborne (R) Thomas Tzitzura (D)
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Legislative District 12 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 12



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Eddie Farsnworth (R) Elizabeth Brown (D)    
House Warren Petersen (R) Travis Grantham (R) Lynsy Robinson (D) Joe Bisaccia (D)

Legislative District 12 - General Election Debate

 
 
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Legislative District 11 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 11



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Vince Leach (R) Ralph Atchue (D)    
House Mark Finchem (R) Bret Roberts (D) Hollace Lyon (D) Marcela Quiroz (D)


 

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Legislative District 10 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 10



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Marilyn Wiles (R) David Bradley (D)  
House Todd Clodfelter (R) Kristen Engle (D) Domingo DeGrazia (D)
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Legislative District 9 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 9



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Victoria Steele (D)    
House Ana Henderson (R) Randy Friese (D) Pamel Powers Hannely (D)

 

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Legislative District 8 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 8



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Frank Pratt (R) Sharon Girard (D)    
House TJ Shope (R) David Cook (R) Carmen Casillas (D) Linda Gross (D)
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Legislative District 7 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 7



Meet the Candidates
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Senate LJ Mealer (R) Jamescita Peshlakai (D)  
House Doyle Shamley (R) Myron Tsosie (D) Arlando Teller (D)
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Legislative District 6 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 6



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Sylvia Allen (R) Wade Carlisle (D)    
House Bob Thorpe (R) Walter Blackman (R) Felicia French (D) Bobby Tyler (D)
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Legislative District 5 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 5



Meet the Candidates
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Senate Sonny Borrelli (R) J'amie Morgaine (D)  
House Regina Cobb (R) Leo Biasiucci (R) Mary McCord Robinson (D)
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Legislative District 4 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 4




Meet the Candidates
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Senate Lisa Otondo (D)    
House Charlene Fernandez (D) Geraldine Peten (D) Sara Mae Williams (G)
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Legislative District 3 - 2018

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 3




Meet the Candidates
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Senate Sally Ann Gonzales (D)    
House Andres Cano (D) Alma Hernandez (D) Beryl Baker (G)


 
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Legislative District 2 - 2018

FACT SHEET: HUNGER LD 2



Meet the Candidates

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Senate Shelley Kais (R) Andrea Dalesandro (D)    
House John Christopher Ackerly (R) Anthony Sizer (R) Rosanna Gabaldon (D) Daniel Hernandez, Jr. (D)


 

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Legislative District 1 - 2018

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 1



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Senate Karen Fann (R) Jo Craycroft (D)  
House Noel Campbell (R) David Stringer (R) Jan Manolis (D)


 

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Election 2018

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ARIZONA LEGISLATURE: WHAT DO THE CANDIDATES SAY ABOUT HUNGER & POVERTY?

Vote informed: learn what the candidates say when we ask them about hunger and poverty
 
Click on your legislative district below to find out who the candidates are and their plans to end hunger.
 
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LD 6 LD 7 LD 8 LD 9 LD 10
LD 11 LD 12 LD 13 LD 14 LD 15
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For additional information please visit:

Arizona Secretary of State

Maricopa County Recorder
 
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VISTA

More hunger-fighting help on the way

Last year, AAFB was selected by the Corporation for National and Community Service as a project sponsor for three AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) positions. These three VISTA volunteers are now deployed at member food banks sites throughout Arizona. Each will have a unique job to do as they work to improve food security for families living in rural and tribal communities.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are highly trained, and work on sustainable solutions to eradicate poverty in the communities where they work. VISTA Volunteers serve one year, and work full-time at their host sites.  
AAFB kicked off this project in March, 2018. 

For year one, the VISTAs are engaged in three exciting projects:

In Northern Arizona the VISTA is working in partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Flagstaff Outreach Center to expand participation in the USDA Summer Food Service Program in rural areas. Some of the places that will be impacted are the Flagstaff area, Mohave County, and the Navajo Nation.  This federal nutrition program provides nutritious meals to children when school is out of session, but far fewer kids receive summer help than they do at school through the free and reduced lunch program.  During the school year, the VISTA will also be working to establish food pantries at targeted schools in rural and tribal communities.

In Central Arizona a VISTA is working in partnership with the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance agency services team to develop a client feedback system for rural and tribal agency partners (like food pantries and soup kitchens). This is especially important for agencies in central and northern regions of Arizona.  The VISTA will develop a way to collect feedback, test and collect information, and finally make recommendations to improve operations and expand capacity at rural and agency partner sites. 

In Southern Arizona one VISTA is working with Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona in Tucson to support the food security needs of the nearby Tohono O’Odham reservation.  As the second largest reservation in Arizona, this reservation covers an area of 2.8 million square miles. The Tohono O’Odham nation has higher than average rates of food insecurity coupled with chronic health conditions such as diabetes. The VISTA will use a curriculum developed by the food bank to help promote sustainable agricultural and gardening practices to improve the health and food security of this population. The volunteer will spend part of their time at the nearby San Xavier Co-Op Farm, with travel throughout the rest of the nation to engage in these efforts. 

For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. AAFB is excited to support this program and will report on the progress Volunteers are making in their communities.
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Archived Advocacy Updates

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Starting A Food Pantry

Thank you for your interest in supporting your community by providing food to those in need. Our member regional food banks serve nearly 1,200 agencies and pantries throughout Arizona. Collectively, this network distributed nearly 150 million pounds of food last year. If you are interested in starting a pantry or partnering in this network, below are key reources to get you in contact with the right regional food bank.  

Step 1 - Find your Regional Food Bank
To make sure we can get food to every county in the state, each regional food bank serves specific geographic regions. Visit Feeding America's Find a Food Bank Page to find your regional food bank.


Step 2 - Contact your Regional Food Bank
Follow the below links to get information for your regional food bank and contact them with your interest:
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance
United Food Bank
Yuma Community Food Bank - e-mail Michelle


Helpful tips
Our network of food banks are eager to support organizations interested in starting and maintaining a food pantry.  Here are some key things to consider when pursuing partnership:
  • Your organization must be an IRS certified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or faith-based equivalent
  • Your organization should be prepared to obtain all required business licensing appropriate for your city, county, or state
  • Your organization should be prepared to meet all necessary health and safety requirements designated by your city, county, or state
  • It is helpful to make sure you have sustainable funding to support your program. Check out our Workshops and Webinars page for helpful webinars and information. 

Questions? Please e-mail april@azfoodbanks.org with any questions. 
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Legislative District 30

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 30


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate John Lyon (R) Robert Meza (D)  
House Gary Leon Cox (R) Ray Martinez (D) Tony Navarrete (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

Debate cancelled

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Legislative District 29

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 29


Meet the Candidates

Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Crystal Nuttle (R) Martin Quezada (D)  
House Richard Andrade (D) Cesar Chavez (D) John Wilson (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What are your plans to alleviate hunger in our state and district?

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Legislative District 28

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 28




Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Kate Brophy McGee (R) Eric Meyer (D)  
House Kelli Butler (D) Mary Hamway (R) Maria Syms (R)


The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?
 

What is the role of government in helping lift families out of poverty?



What is your view of SNAP/the Food Stamp Program?

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Legislative District 27

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 27


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Catherine Miranda (D) Angel Torres (G)
House Reginald Bolding (D) Rebecca Rios (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What is your view of the American Dream and what shuold be the role of government in helping families achieve that dream?


What should the role of government be in helping lift people out of poverty?


What is your view of the SNAP/Food Stamp program?

Legislative District 26 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 26

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 26


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Juan Jose Mendez (D) Chris Will (L)    
House Steve Adkins
(R)
Isela Blanc (D) Cara Nicole Trujillo (G) Athena Salman (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What is your view of the National School Lunch Program?



What is your view of the American Dream and what should be the role of government in helping individuals achieve that dream?
Legislative District 25 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 25

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 25


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Bob Worsley (R)    
House Rusty Bowers (R) Kathleen Rahn (D) Michelle Udall (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

Legislative District 24 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 24

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 24


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Katie Hobbs (D)    
House David Alger (R) Lela Alston (D) Ken Clark (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

Debate cancelled

Legislative District 23 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 23

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 23


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate John Kavanagh (R)    
House Tammy Caputi (D) Jay Lawrence (R) Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?
 

Legislative District 21 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 21

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 21


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Debbie Lesko (R)    
House Kevin Payne (R) Deanna Rasumussen-Lacotta (D) Tony Rivero (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

Legislative District 22 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 22

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 22


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Judy Burges (R) Michael Muscato (D)  
House Manuel Hernandez (D) David Livingston (R) Phil Lovas (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

 

Legislative District 22

What are your plans to alleviate hunger in our state and your district?

 


Legislative District 20 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 20

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 20


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Larry Herrera (D) Kimberly Yee (R)  
House Paul Boyer (R) Chris Gilfillan (D) Anthony Kern (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What is the role of government in helping lift Arizona families out of poverty?

Legislative District 19 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 19

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 19


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Lupe Chavira Contreras (D)  
House Mark Cardenas (D) Diego Espinoza (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Committee will not host a debate in this district as the incumbents are running unopposed.
 

Legislative District 18 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 18

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 18


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Sean Bowie (D) Frank Schmuck (R)    
House Denise 'Mitzi' Epstein (D) Jill Norgaard (R) Linda Macias (G) Bob Robson (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What are your plans to alleviate hunger in our state and district?

Legislative District 17 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 17

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 17


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Steve Weichert (D) Steve Yarbrough (R)  
House J.D. Mesnard (R) Jennifer Pawlik (D) Jeff Weninger (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What are your plans to allieviate hunger in our state and district?



What is your view of the SNAP/Food Stamp Program?


What is the role of government in helping lift families out of poverty?
Legislative District 16 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 16

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 16


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate David Farnsworth (R) Scott Prior (D)    
House Doug Coleman (R) Cara Prior (D) Sharon Stinard (D) Kelly Townsend (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?
 

What is the role of government in helping lift people out of poverty?


What is your view of SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program)?


What is your plan to alleivate hunger in our state and your district?
Legislative District 14 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 14

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 14


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Jaime Alvarez (D) Gail Griffin (R)    
House Mike Holmes (D) Drew John (R) Jason Lindstrom (D) Becky Nutt (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What is the government's role in helping lift people out of poverty?



What are your plans to allieviate hunger in our state and district?
Legislative District 15 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 15

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 15


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Nancy Barto (R) Tonya MacBeth (D)  
House John Allen (R) Heather Carter (R) Brandon Dwyer (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

 What is your vision of the American Dream and what is government's role in helping individuals achieve that dream?


What is your view of the Food Stamp program?
Legislative District 13 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 13

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 13


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Steve Montenegro (R)    
House Iisha Graves (D) Darin Mitchell (R) Don Shooter (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

Debate cancelled

Legislative District 12 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 12

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 12


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Elizabeth Brown (D) Warren Peterson (R)
House Eddie Farnsworth (R) Travis Graham (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What are your plans to eliminate hunger in our state and this district?



What is your view of the SNAP (Food Stamp) program?
 
 
Legislative District 11 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 11

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 11


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Ralph Atchue (D) Steve Smith (R)  
House Mark Finchem (R) Corin Hammond (D) Vince Leach (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What are your views of the SNAP/Food Stamp Program?


What are your plans to allieviate hunger in our state and district?



What is your view of the American Dream and what is the role of government in helping Americans achieve that dream?
Legislative District 10 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 10

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 10


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate David Bradley (D) Randall Phelps (R)  
House Todd Clodfelter (R) Kirsten Engel (D) Stefanie Mach (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What should the role of government be lifting people out of poverty?


What is your view of the American Dream and what should the role of government be helping families achieve that dream?
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Legislative District 9 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 9

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 9


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Steve Farley (D)    
House Randall Friese (D) Pamela Powers Hannley (D) Ana Henderson (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?
 

Legislative District 8 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 8

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 8


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Barbara McGuire (D) Frank Pratt (R)  
House Carmen Casillas (D) David Cook (R) TJ Shope (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?
 

Legislative District 7 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 7

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 7


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Jamescita Peshlakai (D) Barry Keaveney (L)
House Wenona Benally (D) Eric Deschennie (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

Debate cancelled due to an uncontested race.
 

Legislative District 5 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 5

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 5


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Sonny Borelli (R)      
House Leo Biasiucci (G) Regina Cobb (R) Paul Mosley (R) Beth Weisser (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?
 

Legislative District 6 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 6

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 6


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Nikki Check Bagley (D) Sylvia Tenney Alley (R)  
House Brenda Barton (R) Alex Martinez (D) Bob Thorpe (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What is your opinion of the 12-month limit on TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)?

Legislative District 4 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 4

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 4


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Lisa Otondo (D)  
House Charlene Fernandez (D) Jesus Rubalcava (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

Debate cancelled due to an uncontensted race.

Legislative District 2 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 2

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 2


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Andrea Dalessandro (D) Shelley Kais (R)  
House John Christopher Ackerley (R) Rosana Gabaldon (D) Daniel Hernandez, Jr. (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

Watch the candidates speak about their views on SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp program) during the Pima County Interfaith Civic Education Organization's Accountability Session, co-sponsored by Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Legislative District 3 - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Legislative District 3

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 3


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Olivia Cajero Bedford (D)    
House Trey Cizek III (R) Sally A Gonzalez (D) Macario Saldate (D)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What is your view of the American Dream and what is the role of government in achieving that dream?

 


What is your view of the SNAP/Food Stamp program?


What are your plans to allieviate hunger in our state and district?
Legislative District 1 - Association of Arizona Food Banks
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Legislative District 1

Fact Sheet: Hunger in LD 1


Meet the Candidates
Click on the candidate's name to see their answers to our hunger questionnaire. If their name cannot be clicked, the candidate did not respond.

Senate Karen Fann (R)      
House Noel Campbell (R) Harayaksha Gregor Knauer (G) Peter Pierson (D) David Stringer (R)

The Debate
What did the candidates say when we asked about hunger and poverty during a debate?

What will you do to alleviate hunger in our state and district?



What should the role of government be in lifting families out of poverty?
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Election 2016

HOW TO VOTE

                                                                                                            

DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT IS?

CLICK HERE

ARIZONA LEGISLATURE: WHAT DO THE CANDIDATES SAY ABOUT HUNGER & POVERTY?
Vote informed: learn what the candidates say when we ask them about hunger and poverty

Click on your legislative district below to find out who the candidates are and their plans to end hunger.

LD 1 LD 7 LD 13 LD 19 LD 25
LD 2 LD 8 LD 14 LD 20 LD 26
LD 3 LD 9 LD 15 LD 21 LD 27
LD 4 LD 10 LD 16 LD 22 LD 28
LD 5 LD 11 LD 17 LD 23 LD 29
LD 6 LD 12 LD 18 LD 24 LD 30

PROPOSITION 206: ARIZONA MINIMUM WAGE AND PAID TIME OFF

How does this proposition impact hunger?


WHAT DO THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SAY ABOUT HUNGER?

   


IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES


 

Workshops & Webinars - Association of Arizona Food Banks
Our Vision:
A hunger-free Arizona.

Our Mission:
Develop solutions to end hunger through food banking, public policy and innovation.


 





 

 

 

Workshops & Webinars

Upcoming Events:
 
There are currently no planned events.

Check back often to find out what will be offered. 



Miss an event? Please feel free to browse our archives:

Introduction to the Community Eligibilty Provision (CEP) Webinar
Please visit our Community Eligibility Provision webpage


2017 Tucson Advocacy & Policy Workshop
Federal and state hunger policy 
Engaging state and local officials  



2017 Phoenix Advocacy Jump Start!
Presentations 


Increasing School Breakfast Webinar

Please visit our School Breakfast webpage
 

Fundraising 101

Terri Shoemaker, Director of Development and Marketing
View the presentation!
Download the handouts for this presentation here!


Fundraising 201
Major and Planned Gifts
Direct Mail
Writing for Fundraising
Putting it all together
My Fundraising Plan Template



Annual Conference
To learn more about our previous conferences, please visit our Annual Conference webpage

Suggestion for a workshop or webinar?  Contact april@azfoodbanks.org with your ideas!
Childhood Hunger - Association of Arizona Food Banks
If you are interested in partnering with AAFB for support on your program, please contact our Child & Youth Outreach Manager Monique.


 





 

 

 

Childhood Hunger

Currently in Arizona, 1 in 5 children don't consistently get the food they need to grow and thrive. One thing we know is children who are focused on their growling tummies can't focus on learning. But thanks to grants from the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, and Food and Research Action Center, AAFB is working to get more kids the food they need. We work to support our community in making sure kids get nutirious meals they need by expanding access to federal Child Nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program, and programs that operate while school is out of session such as Summer Meal programs.



Free School Meals
When kids at risk of hunger get meals in school, it improves their health, reduces class disruptions, and improves their grades. Many schools that serve low-income students aren’t aware that they meet federal criteria to provide free school meals to all students, i.e., universal school meals. Through partnerships with the Arizona Department of Education’s Health and Nutrition Services (ADE) and community partners, we connect schools and districts with the information and resources they need to apply for special provisions that allow them to provide universal school breakfast and lunch. For example, annually schools typically apply to implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) in May and June. Learn more about how schools can apply for the Community Eligibility Provision. The deadline to submit applications for the SY2019-20 CEP application cycle is Friday, June 28, 2019.



School Breakfast
According the School Breakfast Scorecard released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), out of 100 students that qualify for free/reduced lunches in Arizona, only  54 of them are also eating breakfast.  Working with the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, FRAC, Valley of the Sun United Way, the Dairy Council of Arizona, and the Arizona Department of Education’s Health and Nutrition Services, AAFB encourages schools to implement alternative breakfast models to give more kids a healthy start to the school day. This effort includes reaching out to schools districts that could benefit from higher school breakfast participation, meeting with school nutrition professionals to help plan successful programs, and directing schools to funding resources, as available, that could help them adopt an alternative breakfast models.Learn more about our School Breakfast work. 



Summer Meals
Kids who rely on school meals throughout the year are at risk of not eating at all during the summer.  The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the NSLP Seamless Summer Option allow schools and community-based organizations to provide free nutritious meals to children and tends ages 18 and younger while school is out of session. Through partnerships with the Arizona Department of Education’s Health and Nutrition Services, food bank partners and school districts that directly sponsor summer meal sites, and community partners such as the AzHealthZone’s SNAP-Ed partners, AAFB works to promote summer meals sites and identify site expansion opportunities in underserved urban and rural communities. Learn more about Summer Meals.

Need to locate a Summer Meals Site?  Visit www.azhealthzone.org/summerfood or text "FOOD' or "COMIDA" to 877-877.



Learn more about the impacts of Childhood Food Insecurity through our #ImagineaSolution video about Hunger & Education!

 

 
                                           
                          


 
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Supporting Food Banks


Transportation & Coordination

Established in 1993, the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project (ASGP) began with a simple goal – rescue as much produce as possible to help food banks provide healthy choices for their clients. 

Since then, AAFB has transported over 974 million pounds of food. The project has evolved from actual gleaning (combing fields after a harvest for food left behind) to supporting the joint efforts of our members and key partners like the LDS Cannery in Mesa, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Arizona Department of Economic Security. The ASGP now includes bulk food purchasing, coordinating large donations through Feeding America, and transporting fresh produce between food banks. Spearheading the "Logistics Task Force", AAFB brings together members from each food bank to efficiently share produce among each other and transport as quickly as possible.  

Two 18-wheel semis and their drivers are the heart of the ASGP. These trucks help food banks use more of their budgets for food, rather than for transportation or logistics. The ASGP helps people at risk benefit from the fresh fruits and vegetables that Arizona’s rich agriculture and generous donors provide.

If you have questions about ASGP or would like to donate food please contact our Logistics Manager, Sylvia McKeever.  


Education

AAFB supports our member food banks and thier agency partners through periodic workshops and webinars to help us strengthen our impact as a network. Please check out our Workshops page for resources and register for an upcoming workshop!  If you have suggestions or ideas for new workshops or webinars please contact April


Annual Conference

Each year, AAFB hosts an annual conference for our member food banks, their agency partners and various hunger relief organizations throughout Arizona.  Our goal is to provide a forum for networking, education and sharing of best practices to help us all work together towards our common goal.  With a range of expert speakers we cover topics such as key advocacy issues, food safety best practices, and hunger impacts throughout Arizona.  To learn more about our next conference and access resources from previous conferences, please visit our Annual Conference webpage.  

Volunteer Support

In 2018 AAFB kicked off an AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program to support our member food banks. AmeriCorps VISTA members are highly trained, and work on sustainable solutions to eradicate poverty in the communities where they work. AAFB started the program with three VISTA volunteers and they are now deployed at member food banks sites throughout Arizona. Each will have a unique job to do as they work to improve food security for families living in rural and tribal communities. To learn more about the great work these VISTA volunteers are doing, please visit our AmeriCorps Vista webpage. 


Learn more about becoming a member! 

Interested in starting a food pantry or working with one of our members?  Please review Starting a Food Pantry to learn more about joining our network. What We Do - Association of Arizona Food Banks
Our Vision:
A hunger-free Arizona.
 
Our Mission:
Develop solutions to end hunger through food banking, public policy and innovation.


 





 

 

 

What We Do

In 1983 AzFBN was created from the initial Maricopa County Emergency Food Coordination Project and since then we have maintained the goal of ending hunger in Arizona. Thoughout our history we have developed and grown several programs that assists in supporting our member food banks as well as all Arizona hunger relief efforts. Through these programs we collaborate with food banks, goverment agencies, community organizations, schools and various other partners to establish a unified focus on creating a hunger-free Arizona.  

How AzFBN addresses hunger at a glance. 

Advocacy & Education
AzFBN spearheads advocacy and public policy efforts in Arizona and nationwide in collaboration with other organizations. Our most recent advocy efforts included support of Child Nutrition Reauthorization, minimizing state budget cuts that would impact vulnerable populations and fighting for the removal of the fingerprint imaging requirement for SNAP and TANF.


Supporting Food Banks
We support our food banks through various initatives such as transportation services, bulk food purchasing and hosting an annual conference for information sharing. Through these projects we have tranported over 974 million pound of food to food banks.  


Childhood Hunger
Currently 1 in 4 children in Arizona don't know where thier next meal is coming from which impacts thier ability to learn and be successful. Through partnerships with schools and various organization, AzFBN helps to promote programs which provide meals to children through varous programs such as Summer Food Service and School Meals. 


Hunger Awareness
AzFBN strives to support programs and efforts that will end hunger in Arizona. Through our awareness efforts we have launched campaigns, such as #ImagineaSolution, to ensure the causes and impacts of hunger are well known.  We also will facilitate research on certian aspects of hunger to help understand how programs can improve supporting those in need. Two key reports generated through the Congressional Research Fellow was Advancing Equity within the Emergency Food Provider Network in Maricopa County and Closing the Gap - Enhancing the Client Experience at Food Banks. 


Food Bank Directory & Hotline
We maintain the largest database of emergency food options (food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and others that distribute emergency food) in Arizona. This assists those in need in finding a nearby food bank. It can also support those looking to donate food or volunteer.  In addition, we operate a hotline to assist those that may not have internet access in searching our directory.  Search our directory


Disaster Coordination
To support in statewide coordination during disaster situations, we are a member of Arizona Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster Citrus Donations - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

Citrus Donations

How do I donate my excess citrus to food banks?
Arizona is known for growing an abundance of citrus and the food banks have been grateful recipients of significant donations throughout the years. The process to donate citrus will vary based on the food bank you are working with. At the below links you can find more information on contacting your local food bank for thier donation policy. 




All other food banks should be contacted directly to determine thier process for accept citrus donations. To find your closest food bank or pantry please utilize our Food Bank Directory for contact information. 


Arizona Quarantines

Two years ago, the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) quarantine caused St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and United Food Bank to restrict the citrus donations they accept.

ACP is a tiny pest that can spread the citrus greening disease. This disease has the potential to kill orange, grapefruit, lemon and all types of citrus trees around the state however Arizona has not yet detected the citrus greening disease. The fruit produced by trees with ACP is completely safe to eat.


Additionally, Arizona is under another quarantine for the Sweet Orange Scab Disease.
Affected citrus is still good to eat and juice since Sweet Orange Scab Disease only affects how the citrus looks, not how it tastes or its nutritional value.


Where can I get more information about the quarantine?
Growers are encouraged to learn the specifics of the quarantine restrictions to determine the best way to handle their excess citrus.  More information can be found through the Arizona Department of Agriculture and Save Our Citrus.



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#ImagineaSolution

What would be your solution for a hunger-free Arizona?

#ImagineaSolution is a conversation, bringing to light many important issues related to food insecurity in Arizona.  Food Insecurity is limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.  It is caused by many different factors, but the most common is the lack of financial resources. 
1 in 5 Arizonans are forced to make a choice between paying for rent, medicine or food on a regular basis.  As a result, 1 in 4 children in Arizona don't consistently know where their next meal is coming from.  This impacts health care costs, our local economy and education.  When diving into each of these areas it becomes clear that food insecurity affects everyone. 


“I can imagine a solution to hunger and poverty, because I know it's possible. I know that we can work with our elected officials and with our neighbors in making sure that all children, all families, and all seniors have access to good, quality, nutritious food.” – Angie Rodgers, President & CEO of AAFB

 
Through a series of videos we bring together individuals from various industries to dive into this complex issue and provide the inspiration to imagine new solutions.  We encourage you to follow the stories and join the conversation to help us create a hunger-free Arizona! #ImagineaSolution


See our latest video diving into SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program): 
We know that ending hunger isn’t easy. But SNAP (what used to be called Food Stamps) certainly helps people in need – about one million of them in Arizona. And about half of those are children. This #ImagineaSolution video looks at SNAP and how this safety net program helps those who need a little help getting food on the table, including personal stories from Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, and Benito Almanza, the state President of Bank of America.  Can you help us #ImagineaSolution for a hunger-free Arizona? Join the conversation and share your solution on Facebook and Twitter with #ImagineaSolution!


Miss the last videos?  Check them out below and learn the details about the campaign!

#ImagineaSolution



Hunger and Education



Hunger and Health



Hunger and Economy
 

 

Want more information?
Learn more about hunger in Arizona
Join our Advocacy team and get updates about key issues
Find a food bank near you
Learn about SNAP or other Food Resources
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated

Together with our partner, Arizona Community Action Association, we challenge our community to think about a solution.
#ImagineaSolution
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Summer Food Service Program

About The Summer Food Service Program

When school is out many Arizona kids who rely on school breakfasts and lunches don’t get the meals they need.  The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded child nutrition program established to ensure that low-income children have an opportunity to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack) that meet federal nutrition guidelines are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites.

If you are interested in becoming a Summer Site or Sponsor please contact our Child/Youth Outreach manager Monique. While SFSP sites are oftentimes schools, sites can also be at non-profits, faith-based facilities or local government agencies.


Need to locate a Summer Meals Site? 
  • Text: ‘Food’ or ‘Comida’ to 877-877, and receive a text back in English or Spanish with the address and program information for sites closest to you.
  • Call: National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-Hambre (1-877-842-6273).

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Helping Kids Eat: School Breakfast

AAFB is focused on innovative school breakfast programs such as Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab and Go that are easily implemented and proven to increase participation. Too many Arizona children begin the school day hungry because they don’t eat breakfast at home and arrive too late to eat breakfast at school, assuming their families are even aware they qualify for free- or reduced-price school breakfasts. Getting more schools to offer these types of breakfast programs helps children struggling with hunger.

We are pleased to provide information, technical assistance and encouragement to help overcome concerns or obstacles standing in the way to implementing a successful breakfast program. Contact our Community Programs Manager Alexander for more information and how we can help you create a successful breakfast program at your school!
 

Breakfast Resources to Use and Share:

Increasing School Breakfast Webinar presented on 1/10/2017 reviews common obstacles and solutions for increasing breakfast participation. 
 

Arizona Department of Education – Breakfast Information:  Toolkit resources specific to Arizona.

No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices – School Breakfast Information: Provides school breakfast program resources and tools including reports and case studies, guides and toolkits, issue briefs, community engagement templates and more

National Education Association Health Information Network Breakfast in the Classroom Toolkit:  Comprehensive toolkit that covers the many reasons BIC is the way to go in the morning, including an informative FAQ section.

USDA Guide to Different Ways to Serve Breakfast (PDF):  This guide explains the different ways breakfast can be served outside of the cafeteria and includes studies showing how using these methods increases breakfast participation.

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) – Breakfast Information:  Lots of great information and research about why school breakfast is so important, including easy to read fact sheets to help promote expanding breakfast options.

Valley of the Sun United Way - End Hunger Goal:  Learn about Valley of the Sun United Way’s efforts to reduce the incidence of hunger in Maricopa County which includes the expansion of Breakfast in the Classroom.
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Helping Kids Eat: Community Eligibility Provision

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a powerful program created to support schools in providing free breakfast and lunch to kids that need it most. AAFB is playing a role in helping schools take advantage of CEP by identifying qualified schools, and providing information, encouragement and technical assistance on how to apply. Contact our Children/Youth Outreach Manager Monique Cordova at 602-528-3434 or monique@azfoodbanks.org for more information. Application documents (see below) for the SY2019-20 CEP application cycle must be submitted on, or before Firday June 28, 2019. Thank you to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) for their direction with the stages below.
 

 

How is CEP working for schools that have chosen to implement it? 
Check out our CEP satisfaction survey results!


Community Eligibility Provision – How to apply.

To apply for participation in CEP, the following documents should be completed and submitted to the ADE.
The School Year 2019-20 application period is open through Friday June 28, 2019.
  1. CEP Participation Form Edit the form to reflect the LEA legal name in paragraph 1. An authorized signer must sign and date the form.
  2. Free and Reduced Price Policy (FRPP) This is a semi-permanent document that outlines your policies and procedures for serving free and/or reduced price meals. Fill in the grey areas of the form and all sections requesting written information. It must be updated and submitted to ADE as part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) application to outline the counting and claiming policy and operational procedures in place for site(s) operating regular School Nutrition Programs or any Provisions. Reminders: In Section C. For CEP sites, indicate Direct Certification will be conducted no less than one time annually on or around April 1; in Section Q. ensure the CEP media release is sent to ADE along with the completed policy statement. The FRPP document must be signed by an authorized signer. Scanned documents are acceptable.
  3. Addendum-Community Eligibility Provision This is a semi-permanent document that outlines policies and procedures for sites operating the CEP. Fill in the grey areas of the form. The addendum must be updated and submitted to ADE as part of the CEP application.
  4. CEP Eligibility Worksheet Enter the identified student information reflective of April 1 of the school year prior to CEP implementation for each applying site. Please ensure the type of participation is indicated by entering the information in the correct tab(s) (i.e. individual site(s), group or groups of sites, or districtwide). Remember, LEAs with only 1 site total should enter the identified student information on the “districtwide” tab. Additionally, all sites in the district must be listed with their specific identified student counts and enrollment if the entire district is applying for the CEP.
CEP Annual Notification of LEA and School Level Eligibility for SY2019-20 

CEP Monthly Federal Reimbursement Estimator (Excel)
 


Intro To Community Eligibility Provision Webinar 
Presented on 5/16/17, this webinar covers Basics of the Community Eligibility Provision, what benefits it can bring for a school, information for how to apply and questions answered from ADE.  You will also hear from Eddie Cruz with Peach Springs Unified School District as he discusses the impacts CEP has had on his school.  

 


Just looking for the slides?  Click here
 


Additional CEP Resources to Use and Share:

Arizona Department of Education/Health and Nutrition Services:  Arizona specific information and application materials can be found here.

Food Research & Action Center CEP tools

USDA Community Eligibility Provision Resource Center 

USDA 2017 Webinar: Overview and Timeline SY2017-18

U.S. Department of Education Title I Guidance for Community Eligibility Schools  Find a Food Bank Top Text - Association of Arizona Food Banks
Receiving emergency food from a food bank, pantry, soup kitchen or shelter is just one option that may be available to you and your family.  If you are struggling to put food on the table, make sure you have explored the SNAP (Food Stamps) program and learned about other programs and resources available.


 





 

 

 

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During the Covid19/coronavirus situation hours and operations may differ from what is posted.
Please call in advance to ensure availability of supplies and current procedures for picking up a food box. 


Click here for a list of feeding sites for students during school closure!
 
Parents and Caregivers may also text FOOD, or COMIDA to 877-877 to find the nearest sites. 

Welcome to AAFB's Food Providers Directory, the largest database of emergency food options (food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and others that distribute emergency food) in Arizona: 
  • Find nearby emergency food for yourself or someone you know struggling with hunger.
  • Locate food donation and volunteer opportunites close to you.
  • Reference emergency food options if you are a case worker who makes referrals to clients needing assistance.
Please Note:  While AzFBN makes every effort to ensure the information contained in the directory is accurate, we cannot the accuracy of the the information it contains.  Before you visit an organization listed here, contact them to confirm hours of operation and determine eligibility requirements.  You may need to bring proof of residency or other identification.  The organizations listed are independently operated and AAFB assumes no responsibility for their management, operational procedures or conduct.  Click here to report inaccurate information or to have your organization added. History & Accomplishments Timeline Top Content - Active - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

History & Accomplishments Timeline Top Content - Active

Our collaborations with numerous partners, including food banks, anti-hunger groups and advocates, both in Arizona and around the country, has resulted in the following achievements: History & Accomplishments Timeline Top Content - Association of Arizona Food Banks


 





 

 

 

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What Is Food Security?

Food security* means access by all members of a household at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.  At a minimum, food security includes:
  • The ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.
  • Assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (that is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies).
Thus, Food Insecurity* is limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.

*Definitions are from the Life Sciences Research Office, S.A. Andersen, ed., “Core Indicators of Nutritional State for Difficult to Sample Populations,” The Journal of Nutrition 120:1557S-1600S, 1990. 

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Holding a Food Drive

Holding a food drive for your local food bank is a simple and rewarding process.  With the need as great as ever before, now is the perfect time to hold a food drive.  AAFB has created a simple, 6-Step plan to help you out:
  1. Identify and contact your regional or local food bank.  They will be happy to hear you are considering holding a food drive!
  2. Find out if they have any specific needs in the way of non-perishable food.
  3. Identify, contact and get agreement from "your community" (this may be your faith congregation, service club, fellow employees, neighborhood, school, etc.) to collect food for a pre-determined amount of time.
  4. If you are in a community with several organizations similar to yours, we encourage you to work together and schedule non-competing drives so that your regional or local food bank has an on-going flow of food to help them meet the needs.
  5. Deliver the food to the food bank.
  6. Start over next month!
If holding a food drive is not feasible, considering holding a fund drive and donate the funds to AAFB.  Due to economies of scale, for every $1 you raise, our food banks can purchase 9 pounds of food – which equates to 7 meals!

Non-perishable food Items most needed:
  • Canned Protein: Chicken, Tuna, Chili, Beef Stew, Beans
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables: Tomatoes, Apricots, Peaches, Peas, etc.
  • Enriched Pasta: Spaghetti, Macaroni & Cheese, etc.
  • Peanut Butter
  • Oatmeal & Cereal
  • Dried Fruits & Nuts

What to avoid:
  • Products in glass containers such as spaghetti sauce.  Glass Containers tend to break and make a mess!
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Receive a Tax Credit for Your Donation to AAFB

 
 


You can receive a tax credit for your donation! Under Arizona law (A.R.S. § 43-1088(G)(2), AAFB is recognized as a Qualifying Charitable Organization (QCO), QCO code 20527. You may be eligible to receive a FULL TAX CREDIT, up to $400 (filing as a single unmarried head of household) or $800 (married filing joint return) for donating to AAFB.  See www.azdor.gov for more details, or call 602-255-3381 or 1-800-843-7196 from area codes 520 or 928. Consult your tax preparer or financial adviser for specific advice regarding your donation.

You do NOT need to itemize to take advantage of this credit!
 
 Another Option:  If you are at least 70 1/2 years young, you may qualify to donate from your IRA without triggering tax consequences when you transfer funds directly.  Again, consult your tax preparer or financial advisor for specific advice.

 
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Thank You for Your Employment Application

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Past Highlights

Our advocacy efforts have resulted in the passage of the:
  • Charity Food Bank Act (1986)
  • Charitable Crop Contribution Bill (1993)
  • Food Bank Governmental Incentive Bill (1996)
  • Joint Legislative Committee on Hunger Bill (2003)
In addition, our work with food banks and other anti-hunger groups in Arizona has resulted in funding being appropriated to the following:
  • Coordinated Hunger Program line item (currently $1,786,600).
  • The Hunger Hurts Us All legislation (1991) resulted in the addition of $1,000,000 in state funding to support WIC, $100,000 for startup funding for school breakfast programs, $224,900 in additional state funding to the Rural Food Bank line item, and passage of the first "model" Good Samaritan Food Donation law in the United States.
  • In 1998, we advocated for and won $200,000 for the first state funding to support community food security in the nation.
  • In 2000, we successfully led advocacy efforts to reauthorize Arizona's Joint Legislative Committee on Hunger and garner support funding for Food Stamp outreach.
  • In 2001, we secured additional state funding to support food administration and centralized food storage.
  • In 2003, we once again reauthorized the Joint Legislative Committee on Hunger.
  • Nationally, we have played a lead role with other state and national advocates to retain support of commodity distribution programs for low income Americans.
  • We first became involved with the passage of the Hunger Prevention Act in 1988 that modified food stamp regulations and re-authorized the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
  • In 1994, we authored the "American Hunger Relief Program" as an effort to provide guidance to reform efforts supporting low income Americans. This draft later became the "Bill Emerson Memorial Bill" passed by Congress in 1996 which moved the TEFAP program from discretionary to mandatory spending and authorized $145 million in spending to support acquisition of food and distribution of product to needy households.
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More Resources

 
 

Beyond your local food bank and the programs they offer, there are a number of assistance programs in Arizona you and your family may qualify for.  Please take advantage of all programs you may qualify for to ensure you and your family have adequate amounts of high-quality, nutritious food to eat.


2-1-1 Arizona
  Since 1964, Community Information & Referral Services, now 2-1-1 Arizona, gathers and provides information of vital concern to the community to assist people in need throughout our state. From basic necessities to emergency assistance, self-help groups to recreation, 2-1-1 Arizona can help you find what you need through recorded information in English and Spanish or via our website and mobile phone app.

FIND COMMUNITY SERVICES: If you need assistance with something other than food, or need food resources when AAFB offices are closed, visit the 2-1-1 Arizona website or access recorded information by calling 2-1-1 from anywhere in Arizona or 877-211-8661 outside the state.


Double Up Food Bucks

Double Up Food Bucks is a statewide program administered by Pinnacle Prevention. Double Up provides funding to match SNAP benefits at participating farmers' markets, farm stands, CSAs, mobile markets, and corner stores. Customers who use their SNAP/EBT/Quest card at these locations can “double up” on fresh Arizona-grown fruits and vegetables--taking home more local produce, up to $20 per day.

WHERE IS MY CLOSEST DOUBLE UP LOCATION? Get the hours and address of your nearest Double Up location by visiting: http://doubleupfoodbucksarizona.org.




Women, Infants & Children (WIC) 
 Arizona Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) is a federally funded program providing residents with nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals. WIC serves pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and infants and children under age five.

WHY WIC?  If you are pregnant, have children under age five, and are struggling to put enough healthy food on the table, you should apply for WIC benefits.



National School Breakfast & Lunch Programs
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federal program that provides nutritious meals to all school children at a no or minimal cost.  Families may apply for the programs by submitting a Household Income Application, available at the school the child attends.   

APPLY ONLINE:  Many school districts are moving towards an online application for School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.  Click here to see if you district is participating--and if so--to apply online.  If you do not see your school district listed, speak with the Food Service Director at your child's school about using this online application.



Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) 
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.  Free meals, meeting Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children aged 18 and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

FIND SFSP LOCATIONS IN ARIZONA:  Click here to find a SFSP location near you.



Commodity Senior Food Program (CSFP) or Food Plus 
The Arizona Commodity Senior Food Program (CSFP) is a federally funded food distribution program that provides a once a month food package to people 60 years of age or older. The program is designed to improve health with nutritious USDA foods. The program benefits include nutrition education, reduction of malnutrition in seniors, and referrals to health and social services organization.

IS CSFP RIGHT FOR ME?  Visit the Department of Economic Security's CSFP webpage for information on eligibility and to find a CSFP provider near you.



Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) 

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is funded and administered at the federal level by the USDA.  CACFP provides funding to non-residential child and adult care facilities (such as day-care centers), emergency shelters, eligible after school programs, and family day care providers who serve nutritious meals and snacks.

DAYCARE TIP:  When selecting a daycare center, choosing one that participates in CACFP ensures your child will receive balanced and nutritious food from a certified CACFP provider. 



Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) is a federal program providing commodity foods to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations and in the State of Oklahoma.  Given Arizona's large Native American population, FDPIR plays an important role in addressing hunger issues on our reservations.

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?  For eligibility and application information, contact your Distributing Agency contact for your Indian Tribal Organization (ITO).



Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
SFMNP awards grants to communities to help them provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible food items at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.
ARIZONA CONTACT INFORMATION 



Meals On Wheels 
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Territories.  Some programs serve meals at congregate locations like senior centers, while others deliver meals directly to home-bound seniors, and many provide both services. 

IS THERE A MEALS ON WHEELS NEAR ME?  Learn more about qualifications and locate a Meals On Wheels program location near you.



Older Americans Act (OAA) Nutrition Programs
The Older Americans Act supports two nutrition programs through the Administration for Community Living (ACL):
  • The Congregate Nutrition Program serves healthy meals while promoting opportunities for social engagement, volunteer opportunities and health and wellness activities. The program primarily serves seniors who live in group settings, such as senior centers.
  • The Home-Delivered Nutrition Program provides healthy meals and wellness checks to older adults who are homebound, and in some cases, to their caregivers and spouses.


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Board of Directors

2019-20 Board of Directors:

Michael McDonald | Chair
President & CEO | Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Kim Larkin | Vice -Chair
Owner & Principal | MXD Arts

Edgar Lopez | Secretary/Treasurer
High Net Worth Manager | The Vanguard Group
 
David Armstrong | Immediate Past Chair
Attorney Partner | Ballard Spahr, LLP, Law Firm, Partner

Don Adams
Retired Senior Manager Human Resources | Basha's
 
Tom Kertis
President & CEO | Saint Mary's Food Bank Alliance
 
Mark Casey
News Director | ABC 15 Arizona
 
Shara Merten
President & CEO | Yuma Community Food Bank
 
Isabel Garcia
Program Director | Poder in Action
Dave Richins
President & CEO I United Food Bank
 
Karina Gray
Market President, Southwest Metro Market | Wells Fargo
 
Sue Sadecki
Executive Director | Desert Mission Food Bank
 
Patick Howley
Director of Business Development | Redflex Traffic Systems
 

 

 

 


Board Documents
March 2020 Board Packet

 




Interested in serving on the AAFB Board of Directors?

AAFB is currently looking for new members to serve on our Board of Directors. If you are interested please see below Job Description and Application.  All questions and applications can be sent to Angie



AAFB Board Member Position Description

AAFB Board Member Application
 

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AzFBN Staff

AAFB Staff

Angie Rodgers                                                                                                     
President & CEO
angie@azfoodbanks.org
Terri Shoemaker
Vice President, Development & Marketing
terri@azfoodbanks.org
April Bradham
Vice President, Programs
april@azfoodbanks.org
Sylvia McKeever
Logistics Manager
sylvia@azfoodbanks.org

Tara Jensen
Business Manager
tara@azfoodbanks.org
 

Ashley St. Thomas
Public Policy Manager
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Andi Barrios
Member Services Program Manager
andrea@azfoodbanks.org 

 



 


Alexander Meyer
Community Programs Manager
alexander@azfoodbanks.org

 


Contractors:

Mark Barnes
Lobbyist | Arizona Capitol Connection

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SNAP (Formerly Food Stamps)

 
 
 

Background

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers SNAP at the Federal level through its Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).  In 2008, the U.S. Congress changed the name of the Food Stamp Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  This new name better reflects the goal of the program:  to help provide healthy food to low-income families with children and vulnerable adults.  Simply put, SNAP helps low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health.

Locally, SNAP is administered through the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), which determines eligibility and allotments, and distribution of benefits.  SNAP benefits are provided on an electronic benefit card (EBT) that is used like an ATM or debit card and accepted at most grocery stores and many farmers' markets. 

Through various nutrition education partners, SNAP also helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices.  Healthy eating and having enough to eat is critically important, as recent research shows:Poor diets contribute to serious health problems in adults, especially the elderly.
  • Poor diets can cause impaired brain development in children, creating a greater risk of educational failure.
  • Healthy food can lead to better school performance for children and better health outcomes for both children and adults.

Eligibility & Online Pre-Screen Information
The USDA establishes eligibility requirements for SNAP.  Eligibility is based on your household’s resources, income and other requirements such as residence, citizenship or qualified non-citizen status, and cooperation with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment & Training program.  To see if you may qualify, use the benefits estimator at www.arizonaselfhelp.org.  Even you are unsure whether you qualify, you should still apply.

   Arizona Self Help





Apply Online Today & Keep Track of Your Benefits
In Arizona, you can conveniently apply online for SNAP benefits using Health-e-Arizona.  Once you've applied, you can create an account at MyFamilyBenefits to keep track of your application, review information, report changes online, and more.


More Information:
 History of SNAP / Food Stamps
SNAP Recipes
Latest SNAP news and information from the USDA
SNAP-Ed Connection:  a dynamic online resource center for SNAP Education providers. SNAP-Ed Connection is funded by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and maintained at the National Agricultural Library's Food and Nutrition Information Center.
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The Association of Arizona Food Banks is an administrative organization, not an actual food bank.  If you are in need of food assistance, please search for a food bank near you.

AAFB welcomes your questions, feedback or ideas.  Please complete the form below and we will be in touch with you shortly.

Association of Arizona Food Banks
340 E. Coronado Road, Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1524

(602) 528-3434 : Local
(800) 445-1914 : Toll Free
(602) 528-3838 : Fax


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Check out our Spring 202 issue of Hunger-Free AZ News featuring
our response to COVID-19, support from partners in the community and Hunger in Coronavirus stories!

 
 
 



 
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Annual Arizona Food Bank Conference

SAVE THE DATE!

2020 Arizona Food Bank Conference


When: Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:00 am
Onsite registration opens at 8:00 am


Where: St. Patrick's Catholic Community
10815 N 84th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85260


Registration will be opening soon. If you have questions please e-mail andrea@azfoodbanks.org.

 

Check back soon for our list of speakers and workshops!

Check out materials from previous years on our conference archive page!
 



 
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Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in supporting our mission! AzFBN/AAFB staff and volunteers work together to strengthen Arizona communities so that all people are well nourished. Please see below for current openings and volunteer opportunities. Click on the link for a detailed job description. 


Office Manager/Executive Assistant, Full time
If you are a community minded individual who wants to help end our team end hunger, we want to talk to you! This position is critical to our entire team, acting as a hub for information, networking between team members and projects and ensuring we have the resources we need for success. You will be responsible for helping clients and donors via our Hunger Hotline, data entry, and general program coordination and support.

 Friends of the Farm Coordinator, Part time, Temporary
We are looking for a committed, community-minded person who values our vision of a hunger-free Arizona to support in establishing our new Friends of the Farm Program. Friends of the Farm is a new pilot program that will allow Arizona’s small farmers and growers to expand their market reach and support food banks to get a reliable quantity of local fresh food for clients in need. The purpose of the program is to purchase fresh, Arizona-grown produce, dairy, and protein and distribute it to Arizonans struggling with hunger through the statewide emergency food relief network. Our focus would be to purchase from small growers, providing a more reliable market, and adding more variety for food bank clients. 

 
 

Check Back Later to See Our Next AmeriCorps Vista Opportunities!
 

AmeriCorps Vista positions are a great way to serve the food bank network and help us fight food insecurity!  AAFB offers a range of AmeriCorps opportunties in partnership with great sites throughout the state. Don't see a position right for you? Be sure to check back as we continuously post new opporutnities or e-mail Alexander to learn more about upcoming opporutnities. 


Not sure what an AmeriCorps is or if it is right for you? Check out this short video to learn more. 

 


 
  • AAFB occasionally has a need for a front office volunteer to answer phones and perform light office work for 3-4 hours per day, on various days during the week.  Email Terri with a copy of your resume if you are interested.
     
  • Search for food banks in your area who may have volunteer opportunities.  Please contact the specific organization for information on current opportunities.
     
  • The Mesa Cannery, located at the Loop 101 and Broadway Road in Mesa, has ongoing volunteer opportunies to help repackage bulk food for food banks, such as beans or pasta.  Perfect for groups of 10-40.  Contact 480-967-8551 for more information.
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Our Partners
Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

Feeding America's Hunger Action Center

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Coalition on Human Needs

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Arizona Community Action Association

Protecting Arizona's Family Coalition (PAFCO)

Valley of the Sun United Way


 





 

 

 

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Learn about Friends of the Farm: Arizona's Farm-to-Food-Bank Initiative
Friends of the Farm brings more locally grown produce and other healthy Arizona Grown food to food bank clients. It provides a reliable market for Arizona small farmers and cultivates relationships in the local food system. See the fact sheet for more information.



Proposed SNAP Changes Will Increase Hunger for Nearly 40,000 Arizonans


On July 24, 2019, the USDA proposed changes to eligibility criteria for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”). These changes would effectively eliminate food assistance for an estimated 40,000 Arizonans, including more than 12,000 working families (roughly 32,000 people, more than 50 percent of them children) and nearly 7,000 seniors and people with disabilities in Arizona.

Read the technical comments that AAFB submitted to the USDA  
about the dangerous impact to Arizonans struggling with hunger, SNAP retailers, and local food banks. 




Tell the Administration It’s Unacceptable to Take Food Away from Arizonans Struggling to Find Stable Employment!

In February 2019, the USDA proposed a rule change that would make the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly "food stamps") less accessible for temporarily unemployed and underemployed childless adults, who already face strict SNAP time limits . If enacted, this rule could eliminate SNAP benefits for up to 50,000 Arizonans, with a disproportionate impact on individuals in rural areas and tribal communities.

Help us oppose this rule change!  See AAFB's comments below and submit your own comment to the USDA by April 2, 2019 (by clicking here)!

   
   





Arizona Food Bank Locations by Legislative and Congressional Districts

ANOTHER GREAT RESOURCE FOR ARIZONA LEGISLATORS NOW AVAILABLE.

Using this interactive map, legislators may locate the number of food banks/pantries operating within their district and where they are distributed.

 

Emergency Food Providers by Legislative District
AAFB’s five member food banks work with 1,000 partners statewide—including senior centers, houses of worship, food pantries, and other social service providers—to provide emergency food relief to Arizonans in need.
Each agency adheres to strict food safety regulations and guidelines to ensure all clients are treated with dignity. See the agencies in your legislative district with these 2019 maps.


2019 LEGISLATIVE PLAYBOOK
See the AAFB policy priorities for 2019




HUNGER FACT SHEETS
Get information on hunger in Arizona by Congressional and Legislative District

Congressional District Legislative District



HOUSE BILL 2186
HB 2186 (School Meals; Unpaid Fees)
House Bill 2186 outlines how schools and families should manage unpaid student meal debt in a way that ensures students receive nutritious meals without stigmatization while schools remain able to collect unpaid debt.



PUBLIC CHARGE

PROPOSED PUBLIC CHARGE RULE WILL INCREASE HUNGER IN ARIZONA

The Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) opposes the proposed changes to the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds rule.
Legal members of our community should not be forced to choose between permanent legal status in the United States and the ability to feed their families.

  FAQs ON PUBLIC CHARGE,
ENGLISH & SPANISH
 
 



SNAP WORKS: A PATHWAY OUT OF POVERTY FOR ARIZONANS

DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY OF AAFB'S SNAP POLICY BRIEF         DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY OF AAFB'S EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

                                                                                  
                                   

SNAP STORIES:
THE FACES OF FOOD INSECURITY IN ARIZONA


Amber
Antwenette
Art
Audrey
Brenda
Crystal
Delbert
Delores
Dennis
Dimetrias
Doris
Elfrida
 

Fernando-English
Fernando-Spanish
Isaac
Jennifer
Jesse
Jessica
Jesus
Kathryn
Kimberly R
Kimberly W
Lacey

Leslie
Madelin
Margaret
Maria-English
Maria-Spanish
Monica
Nicole
Odalys
Olivia
Otis
Paul

Phobe English
Phobe Spanish
Priscilla
Rudy
Sandy
Shannon
Terri & Paul
Troy
Virginia
Yvone


 
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