In 1983 AAFB 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.
Advocacy & Education
AAFB 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.
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, AAFB helps to promote programs which provide meals to children through varous programs such as Summer Food Service and School Meals.
AAFB 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
To support in statewide coordination during disaster situations, we are a member of Arizona Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster