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.  


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.