A grant of $100,000 has been awarded to the Desert Mission Food Bank by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. These funds will be used to purchase a new refrigerated truck for the procurement and distribution of perishable and non-perishable food.
In 2012, the Food Bank distributed 40,752 emergency food bags to low-income individuals, a 12 percent increase over 2011.
Food insecurity is becoming an increasingly common situation that many individuals and families face. Feeding America, a national hunger advocacy organization, reports that 19 percent of Arizonans suffer from food insecurity, which is defined as the inability to provide enough food to feed the household. This is above the national average of 16 percent.
The has been responding to food insecurity in North Phoenix for decades. As the only food bank serving a 150-square-mile service area, it is necessary for the community service organization to develop partnerships and leverage resources to meet a growing need.