NOURISHING OUR COMMUNITY
The Sahuarita Food Bank began in a closet, serving one or two households a week. Twelve years later, we serve 300 or more households each week in our main food distribution. We also provide hundreds of weekend nutrition BackPacks for low-income students in eight area schools and have two school-based food pantries for nearby communities. In total, we distribute over a million pounds of food each year.
We have run out of space in our leased facility that we share with other programs and the space is highly inefficient. Our food bank visitors wait outside, sometimes for a long time. Our volunteers have to constantly set up and take down the food distribution area, double-handle food, and work outside in all kinds of Arizona weather. We need more storage space for dry, cold, and frozen foods.
Today we are not only a food bank but also a Community Resource Center. We continue to feed more and more people but have also begun to provide programming and services to our visiting households, including health screenings, volunteer tax preparation, an early literacy program, and a parenting program. We plan many more programs and services with an emphasis on health and nutrition, family support, and workforce development.