The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center provides food, referral information, and financial assistance to individuals and families in need within our service area.
Seniors in need are the fastest growing demographic that we serve. They struggle to make ends meet on fixed incomes. The food they receive from the Foothills Food Bank helps them to be able to pay other expenses.
We are also seeing more people that are either living in their car or out in the desert. We are trying to help them with additional resources. We have volunteers that will meet with a client one-on-one to aid them in finding resources that will get them out of those situations and into a more comfortable living environment, particularly in the warm summer months.
Due to current economic conditions, the number of Food Bank clients continues to increase by 10% per year, and our area is increasing. We now cover North to Black Canyon City, South to Pinnacle Peak, East to Rio Verde and West to I-17. We expect that these needs will continue.
Our Vision is to assist the hungry and those in need within the Foothills area.
In 1988, the Foothills Food Bank was founded by individuals from area churches because there was a large Hispanic population that was in need. Today the majority of the population we serve is non-Hispanic.
Initially the area served was within Cave Creek School District boundaries. Over the years the food bank boundaries have expanded to cover Black Canyon City to the north, I-17 to the west, Pinnacle Peak Road to the south, and Rio Verde to the east.
In the beginning we would see, on average, 45 families a month. Today we see over 500 families per month and over 900,000 lbs of food is given annually to families.