History & Accomplishments Timeline

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:

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 AAFB is created from the initial Maricopa County Emergency Food Coordination Project, and has five initial members: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Desert Mission Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank, Westside Food Bank, and United Way/East Valley Food Demonstration Project.  AAFB officially incorporated on December 31, 1984.

AAFB's original directives, which mostly still hold true today, were to:
  • Coordinate equitable statewide food distribution
  • Coordinate cooperative food purchases
  • Solicit donations from food industry
  • Perform public relations work on hunger and food banking
  • Provide technical assistance to member food banks
  • Track and lobby for legislation to alleviate hunger and aid food banks
 During AAFB's first year, our member food banks distributed 12 million pounds of food.


 Secured passage of the Charity Food Banks Bill, which established the Arizona Hunger Advisory Council.


 Advocated for the passage of the Hunger Prevention Act , which modified food stamp regulations and reauthorized The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), making it a permanent USDA program .

 The first refrigerated tractor trailer is purchased by Westside Food Bank (WFB) to transport produce.  Subsequently, two refrigerated trailers donated to WFB.


 AAFB met and worked with the newly created Arizona Department of Agriculture to identify fruit and vegetable donation possibilities among large growers in the state, a precursor to establishing the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project.


 Spearheaded the creation of the Hunger Hurts Us All Coalition, which achieved passage of legislation to strengthen Arizona's Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and added $1.8 million in new state funds for support of anti-hunger programs.

 AAFB forms the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Coalition.


 AAFB adds 501(h) election to its 501(c)(3) IRS Non-Profit determination status to remain in compliance with lobbying regulations for non-profits.


 The Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project (ASGP), is developed in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Economic Security and Arizona Department of Agriculture, and is still operated by AAFB today.  Since its inception, the ASGP has collected and transported more than 767 million pounds of food.

 The Arizona State Legislature passes Charitable Crop Contribution Bill to benefit Arizona growers who donate produce to Arizona food banks and non-profit organizations.


 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.  It also authorized $145 million in spending to support acquisition of food and distribution of product to needy households.

 The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and AAFB create a relationship to support gleaning, field harvesting and transportation of produce.

 AAFB member food banks distribute 61.4 million pounds of food.


 Secured passage of House Bill 2140 that allocates $700,000 annually for Arizona food banks and created a Joint Legislative Committee on Hunger.

 The "Bill Emerson Memorial Bill," whose roots date to work done by AAFB in 1994, is passed by Congress.

 AAFB is chosen by America's Second Harvest (Feeding America) food banks to serve as cluster coordinator for the state of Arizona.


 Developed and coordinated the CHECK OUT HUNGER program involving mulitple local and national grocery chains, corporate sponsors and food banks.  Running through 2001, the CHECK OUT HUNGER program raised more than $2,700,000 for Arizona's food banks.


 Secured the passage of House Bill 2620, which included $200,000 for both Community Food Security Grants and support for food banks' co-operative food voucher programs, to feed hungry Arizonans impacted by Welfare Reform.


 Successfully led advocacy efforts to reauthorize Arizona's Joint Legislative Committee on Hunger and garner support funding for Food Stamp outreach (and again in 2003).

 America’s Second Harvest (Feeding America) recognizes the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project as the largest donor of produce to America's Second Harvest the previous year.


 Additional state funding is secured to support food administration and centralized food storage.


 Then Arizona Attorney General Janet Napolitano awards $2.2 million to Arizona's food banks and AAFB through a vitamin settlement fund, to assist food banks and 59 Arizona agencies with infrastructure and food purchasing support.


 Assisted in securing passage of House Bill 2544, also known as the Junk Food Bill, which removed vending machines from all elementary and middle school campuses in Arizona.

 St. Mary’s Food Bank, Westside Food Bank in Glendale, and Care and Share Food Bank in Flagstaff merge to become St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.


 AAFB contracts with Central Refrigerated Services to lease and manage two tractor trailers for the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project.


 Spearheaded the Rural Refrigerated Container Project, which placed 15 retrofitted, refrigerated container units in rural communities in 9 of Arizona's 15 counties, with funding appropriated by the Arizona State Legislature.  This allowed these rural communities to accept more perishable food from food banks, or in some cases, to accept and store larger quantities of perishable food for the very first time.


 The Joint Food Resourcing Project initiated between AAFB and the California Association of Food Banks to increase donated produce in southwestern Arizona and southeastern California.

 Refrigerated containers are placed in the following 15 Arizona communities: Amado, Casa Grande, Chinle, Colorado City, Concho, Dateland, Fredonia, Marana, Safford, Sells, Show Low, Sierra Vista, Springerville, Tombstone, and Williams.

 America's Second Harvest changes its name to Feeding America.

 AAFB participated in a State Association Task Force of Feeding America to create a process for state food bank associations to have an official relationship with Feeding America.


 AAFB becomes one of the three inaugual Feeding America Partner State Associations, along with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks and the Texas Food Bank Network, making the relationship with Feeding America official.

 AAFB unveils a new logo and branding scheme as part of its 25th anniversary.