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The Sahuarita Food Bank was founded in 2009 at the request of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, which identified an unmet need for food in Sahuarita and nearby communities. The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ in Sahuarita began hosting a food bank to assist a few families a week. Today, the number of families served weekly has grown to nearly 300 and is expected to continue to increase.


The Sahuarita Food Bank incorporated in early 2018 as a nonprofit organization operating independently from The Good Shepherd, which continues to enthusiastically support and be actively involved with our operations. Our status as an independent nonprofit agency enables us to grow and expand our services, operations and facilities to better meet the needs of our community. 


We are committed to our core values of collaboration, excellence, innovation and justice as demonstrated by:


  • Building strong relationships and partnerships with a diversity of people and organizations who share our vision of a healthy, hunger-free community.

  • Excelling in the delivery of our services and commitments because our clients, donors and communities deserve our very best.

  • Improving our service to our clients and communities, because the urgent need to feed hungry people and adequately address the root causes of hunger requires resourcefulness and innovation.

  • Committing to addressing the root causes of hunger and advocating for social justice, because we believe that access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food is a basic human right, and because we believe that empowered people help their communities thrive.

  • Promoting diversity and inclusion and providing equal opportunities for our employees, volunteers and those we serve.

  • Being a “healing and learning organization” that values and appreciates diverse views. 

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