What is a Food Bank?

Based on the idea of a “bank,” companies and organizations with the resources can make “deposits” of food and funds.  The Food Bank’s partner agencies can make “withdrawals” for their clients.

What are partner agencies?

Partner agencies include schools, churches, domestic violence shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, and more.  These agencies utilize the services of the Food Bank so they can focus their resources on other areas to better serve their clients.

Where does the food come from?

Food is donated by individuals, groups, small businesses, and corporations.  Food donors include distribution centers, manufacturers, food brokers, produce houses, food wholesalers, reclamation centers, grocery stores, restaurants, growers, and vendors.  Food is also collected through food drives.

What is needed most by the Food Bank?

  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, ham
  • Canned soups, stew, chili
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned and packaged beans
  • Pasta, macaroni and cheese
  • Rice
  • Peanut butter
  • Juice in cans or plastic containers
  • Canned baby food (no jars)
  • Canned evaporated skim milk
  • Hot and cold cereals
  • Personal hygiene articles
  • Home cleaning products

What kinds of programs does the Food Bank operate?

The Food Bank has a variety of programs at its five locations in Arizona, including emergency food for those in a crisis situation, a training program for low-income adults, a feeding program for children, a delivery service for senior citizens, ways to stretch your grocery dollar, and more.

How can I get involved?

I’m so glad you asked!  Volunteers are vital to the Food Bank.  We couldn’t do what we do without the generous support of the community. Click here to learn how you can help.

I have a question I don’t see answered here.  How do I find out more?

Email us! We’re dying to talk about the Food Bank, so scribble a note and send it to connected@firstfoodbank.org.  Or call us at (602) 352-3640.


3 responses to “FAQs

  1. Linda Reimer

    Does St Mary’s receive state support/funding or does it only from operate from donations and fund raisers?

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