At their formal meeting on Jan. 10, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of investing an additional $500,000 in the Arizona Food Bank Network (AFBN) to assist food-insecure communities across the County. In 2021, Feeding America classified 9.2% of Maricopa County residents, or 400,830 individuals, as food insecure, or lacking regular access to “enough food for an active, healthy life”.
“Rising inflation has made it difficult for families in Maricopa County to afford basic necessities like groceries, housing, and gas,” said Jack Sellers, who serves as Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and represents District 1. “While there is still work to be done to curb rising costs, this continued collaboration with the Arizona Food Bank Network is a meaningful way to put food on the table for households that are struggling to make ends meet.”
This funding, part of Maricopa County’s allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars, will be used to provide operational grants to distribute shelf-stable food, fresh food, federal commodities, grocery donations, and fresh produce to both food-insecure populations and agencies that play a critical role in serving food-insecure populations across the County.
The $500,000 approved on Jan. 10 builds on the $3 million that Maricopa County has already invested in Arizona food banks to help address this dire situation. AFBN partners have served nearly 700,000 households in the past year and provided more than 11.4 million pounds of food across Maricopa County with the funds already invested. The Jan. 10 amendment expands the County’s partnership with the AFBN to continue assisting food-insecure communities through the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2024.
In December 2023, the Board of Supervisors also approved more than $399,000 in Community Services Block Grant funding for the cities of Avondale, Chandler, Surprise, Tempe, and Tolleson to provide housing and nutrition assistance to income-qualified individuals and families within those communities. This funding was made available by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Maricopa County Human Services Department.
Those funding awards included:
- City of Avondale: $62,500 for Housing Stability Support Services
- City of Chandler: $125,000 for Safe and Affordable Housing
- City of Surprise: $125,000 for Safe Temporary Shelter
- City of Tempe: $62,500 for Food/Nutrition Services
- City of Tolleson: $24,750 for Food/Nutrition Services
For more information on programs and services available through the Maricopa County Human Services Department to assist residents of Maricopa County, visit Maricopa.gov/HelpWithBills.
About Maricopa County Human Services
The Maricopa County Human Services Department (HSD) builds resiliency in the community and promotes the well-being of County residents experiencing adversity through a variety of programs and services to help people and families thrive. These opportunities include early childhood education, housing, homeownership, independent living services for seniors and adults with disabilities, career development for job seekers with barriers to employment, crisis rental, and utility assistance, and support for people experiencing homelessness. HSD is committed to delivering innovative, equitable, inclusive, and comprehensive services in a collaborative approach that preserves dignity, promotes respect, and facilitates social and economic mobility. Learn more about the financial, educational, and support resources available to Maricopa County residents at Maricopa.gov/HSD.