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 are still growing. We are a non-profit (501-C-3) and most of our funding and food comes from donors, such as you and from other organizations.
If you would like to support the Food Bank through cash or food donations, you will find a “wish list” located in this website of items that are needed or make a monetary donation and we will purchase the food and other items.
With the current economic conditions the Food Bank clients continue 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 at our location in Cave Creek, 6920 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, 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.
Hours of Operation:
Mornings……Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday…….9 to 3pm
Afternoons…Thursday & Friday……………………..1 to 4pm*
* (Except 3rd Thursday of each month)
Evenings…..Tuesday & Thursday…………………..5:30 to 8 pm
Care Club….The 1st Wednesday and 3rd Thursday of each month.
Call 480-488-1145 for details
Board of Directors – Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center FY 2012
Jeanne Panhorst – Board President
Jeanne’s business background is as an Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of Beta Sigma Psi Lutheran Fraternity for 6 years. Throughout her adult life, she has been actively involved in volunteer/service positions. She has been with the Foothills Food Bank for over 12 years, having served as a volunteer and holding various positions on the Board (Director, Secretary, and President).
Allan Babendure – Board Vice-President
Allan started and operated several successful businesses in the Midwest. Hair House grew to 14 wig salons, with 56 franchises throughout the eastern US. Klean-Aire sold over 5000 units, primarily in Iowa and Nebraska. Upon retirement to AZ, Allan began volunteering with the Food Bank, picking up donated food from stores and bringing it to the Food Bank on a regular basis. He is a longtime Board Member as well.
David Shirey- Board Secretary
David is the Pastor of Coolwater Christian Church in Scottsdale. David was commissioned by his church body to start up a church in the area and he has successfully done so. The church recently completed building their facility and, as Pastor, David headed up the fund-raising to make that a reality. He is a long time member of the Food Bank Board, having served as a Director and President.
Dave Flatt – Board Treasurer
Dave has been involved for 23 years in commercial banking in CA and CO, as well as 26 years in real estate sales and development in CO and AZ. 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 and is a recent addition to the Food Bank Board.
Gina Durbin – Director
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. Gina has recently joined the Food Bank Board.
Jacki Jobe – Director
Jacki has been working in the banking industry in AZ 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. She is a recent addition to the Food Bank Board.
Roberta Phin – Director
Roberta has extensive business experience, working for Honeywell in technical and management positions. She advanced to Dir. of IT Supplier Relations, and then VP, Corporate IT Procurement. After retirement, Roberta served on a number of Boards, as a Director and an Officer. She has been with the Food Bank since 2010, handling various operational tasks and now serves on our Board.
Jeff Skoglind – Director
Jeff is currently VP of Store Sales & Operations for Hi-Health Corporation. He is also the founder and president of an online gallery for student artists. Jeff has held many management positions throughout his business career. He also brings previous Board experience to his new position as a Director on the Food Bank Board.
Krista Walker – Director
Krista’s Masters in Social Work equipped her for several positions as a child and family therapist, and as a therapist for Special Education in the Cave Creek Unified School District. Since 2011, Krista has been the Community Social Worker for Caring Communities, a program of the Foothills Community Foundation. This background makes Krista a valued addition to our Board.
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 AZ, she has continued to hold many volunteer positions at her local church. Pam became Executive Director of the Foothills Food Bank & Resource Centerin January 2002. Under her leadership and guidance the Food Bank has grown in its 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.