Thank you for your interest in the Foothills Food Bank. We serve those that are in need, as far north as Black Canyon City, as far west at I-17, south to Pinnacle Peak Road and east to Rio Verde.
VISION // To assist the hungry and in need in the Foothills area.
Founded in 1988, we are located in downtown Cave Creek. Last year, our client numbers more than doubled, and they are still growing. We are a nonprofit (501-C-3), and most of our funding and food comes from donors, as well as generous local organizations and businesses.
If you would like to support the Food Bank through cash or food donations, you will find a “wish list” located on this website. It is updated each month to includes items we are running low on. Or, you may make a monetary donation and we will purchase the items we need.
Due to current economic conditions, the number of Food Bank clients continues to increase, and we expect that these needs will continue. We appreciate your support and hope you will help spread the word about our services.
Food can be dropped off at our location in Cave Creek: 6038 E. Hidden Valley Drive Cave Creek, AZ 85331, and monetary donations can be sent to: Foothills Food Bank, PO Box 715, Carefree, AZ 85377.
The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides an emergency supply of food, referral information and financial assistance to individuals and families in the foothills area that are in a crisis situation.
The north valley is often thought of as an area of well-to-do communities with middle to upper class residents who are getting along just fine. Pleasant urban surroundings disguise the fact that many north valley residents are barely making ends meet.
The Foothills Food Bank quietly assists many families in Anthem, Black Canyon City, Carefree, Cave Creek, Desert Hills, New River, North Phoenix, North Scottsdale, Rio Verde and other north valley areas who are attempting to overcome financial challenges. A number of food bank clients in the past few months have been coming for the first time.
We are privately funded, and rely solely, on the donations and kindness of others to keep our organization running. Both food and monetary donations are always needed.
Board of Directors –
Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center FY 2014
CHUCK WEIRAUCH // BOARD PRESIDENT
Chuck worked at the NCR Corporation in the Computer and Networking Professional Services and Sales arena. Chuck retired after 36 years at NCR. He retired as Corporate Vice President of Networking. The Networking Division had 1500 people in 220 countries and was responsible for $600M dollars in business. Upon retiring, Chuck moved to Carefree, AZ and created a consulting company known as PCW Group Inc. PCW delivers Project Management and Technical Services to major firms throughout the US. Upon retiring from PCW, Chuck became active in community service, including working with the Foothills Food Bank.
KEN JONES // BOARD VICE-PRESIDENT
Ken currently works for Chubb Insurance and holds the position of Vice President, managing the Western Processing Center. In his present position he manages a staff of 175 and provides backroom transactional services for Chubb offices. Prior to coming to work for Chubb, Ken worked for Zurich NA (Financial Keyosk), Aon and Kemper Insurance. Ken holds a BS degree from Syracuse University, with a major in Law and Public Policy.
GINA DURBIN // BOARD SECRETARY
Gina is currently employed by the Cave Creek Unified School District as the Director of Student Support Services. She has an extensive background in counseling and in working with administrators, staff, parents, and the community to provide guidance and to coordinate programs aimed at increasing the ability of our educational system to meet the health and well-being needs of the students.
DAVE FLATT // BOARD TREASURER
Dave has been involved for 23 years in commercial banking in California and Colorado, as well as 26 years in real estate sales and development in Colorado and Arizona. Dave has served on numerous Boards and in many community service capacities. In 2006, Dave was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Telluride Association of Realtors in recognition of his public service and real estate career. He is currently semi-retired.
PAM DIPIETRO // EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Pam served for 20 years as Business Manager of her parish in Illinois. During that time, she also was President of countless volunteer organizations, including the Girl Scout Council for 6 years. Since moving to Arizona, she has continued to hold many volunteer positions at her local church. Pam became Executive Director of the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center in January 2002. Under her leadership and guidance the Food Bank has grown as an organization and, therefore, in its ability to help the needy in our community. In addition, Pam is devoted to our community and is a member (and officer) of numerous service organizations, including her current position as Board President of the Cave Creek Museum. She spends countless hours in her dedication to improve the quality of life for others. Pam is truly the heart of the Foothills Food Bank and we on the Board are most grateful that she is our Executive Director.
Jacki has been working in the banking industry in Arizona for the past 28 years, and has worked as a manager for M&I Bank for the last 16 years. Over the years, Jackie has also been very involved in community service in the Cave Creek/Carefree area.
Robin is presently Patient Relations Coordinator for Carefree Dentists. She has lived in the Carefree/Cave Creek area since 1978 and has been an active member of the community. She previously was Program Manager for the Desert Foothills Land Trust, Board of Director for the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer for the Foothills Food Bank, Foothills Community Foundation, Foothills Caring Corp and YMCA Capital Campaign Committee. In addition to her position on the Food Bank Board, Robin has co-chaired the Food Bank’s holiday program, Adopt-a-Family, for the past two years.
Cathie moved from Phoenix to Cave Creek in 1982 and has been involved as a volunteer in the community since then. She has board experience, having served on the boards of the Foothills Food Bank (past President), The Foothills Community Foundation, and the Desert Foothills Land Trust. Cathie has also chaired various fund-raising events, including Mothers’ Club Phone Book. For the past two years, she has co-chaired the Food Bank’s holiday program, Adopt-a-Family. Cathie divides her time between Cave Creek and Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
Krista received her Masters in Social Work from ASU in 1996. She worked for Jewish Family & Children’s Services for 5 years as a child and family therapist. She worked a year in Tobacco Prevention, being a prevention specialist in the Paradise Valley School District. Krista was a therapist for Special Education in the Cave Creek Unified School District for 6 years before she went to work for her family business. Krista was the community social worker for Caring Communities, a program of the Foothills Community Foundation, for a year and a half. She currently is a Community Development Specialist with the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline.