Hunger in Arizona:

  • Arizona’s hunger rates are higher than national averages: 1 in 4 kids, 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 7 seniors do not know where their next meal is coming from.

  • 90% of St. Mary’s clients have an annual household income of $30,000 or less.

  • To get enough food to eat, 77% of our clients buy the cheapest food available regardless of nutritional value and 70% of them resort to eating food past its expiration date.

  • In Arizona, 435,000 children face hunger each day.  To illustrate this number, we could fill the Arizona Cardinals football stadium 7.5 times with the number of children who are food insecure.

  • 2 million Arizonans are considered working poor, living at or below the Federal Poverty Guideline.  This is the majority of those served by the Food Bank’s emergency food box program.


As the world’s first food bank, the mission of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is to alleviate hunger through the gathering and distribution of food while encouraging self-sufficiency, collaboration, advocacy and education.

St. Mary’s partners with nearly 500 agencies to distribute 250,000 meals to individuals and families each day.  Our food distribution covers 81,000 square miles in 13 of the 15 counties in Arizona.  For every one dollar donated, St. Mary’s can provide seven meals to families in our community through these programs:

  • Emergency Food Boxes: With food to feed families and special inclusions for infants and seniors, these boxes provide a three-day supply of nutrition and nourishment for those in a crisis situation.

  • Mobile Pantries: Designed to distribute more fresh produce to those in need, St. Mary’s establishes scheduled pantry sites in conjunction with schools, churches and agency partners for weekly or monthly distribution.

  • Community Kitchen: This unique four-tier, 12-week food service training course helps low-income adults learn culinary crafts and important everyday life skills.  Community Kitchen graduates receive employment assistance to help establish self-sufficiency for themselves and their families.

  • Kids Café: This meal-service program provides Arizona children with what is often their last meal of the day.  We currently collaborate with more than 105 schools, community centers, churches, and other neighborhood groups to provide more than 5,000 free, healthy meals daily in after-school and summer programs.

  • Kids Backpacks: This program provides chronically hungry children in Arizona with non-perishable, family size meals and snacks that kids can take home and eat on weekends when not in school.

Whether it’s donating funds, time or food, we are very thankful for your involvement.

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