April 30, 2013
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 (with incomes at or below 185 percent of Federal Poverty level), a 12 percent increase over 2011.
The need in our service area continues to grow, and Desert Mission is working diligently to meet it. This grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust allows Desert Mission to increase its capacity to serve others as well as to partner with other food banks and hunger relief agencies to meet the nutrition needs of individuals throughout the Valley.
Food insecurity is becoming an increasingly common situation that many individuals and families face. In Arizona, and specifically in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, the increase in demand for food bank services is significant.
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 Desert Mission Food Bank 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. This major grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust demonstrates that Desert Mission is doing just that.
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