Foothills Food Bank Bigger and Better

Wednesday 1.30.2013 @ 5:33pm | ImagesAZ | Community


The Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center has purchased a new 5,000-square-foot facility at 6038 E. Hidden Valley Rd., Cave Creek to better serve the more than 9,000 individuals and families in the northern desert foothills area. In order to pay for its new home, the food bank has launched a $500,000 capital funding campaign.


According to executive director Pam DiPietro, the food bank had to expand from its former 2,000-square-foot facility to continue servicing its clients and their needs.


‘We all have been affected by the recession in recent years and the people in our community have felt the impact of this economy more than many,” says DiPietro. “We have an increased number of individuals who live in their cars or in the desert. We also have food bank customers from very affluent areas. The recession has reached far and wide, sparing few in its path. Since 2008, our client base has increased by 486 percent. We currently have more than 400 volunteers who help keep the food bank doors open.”


Credible estimates are that the food bank’s future operating location will allow it to serve families, individuals and seniors and to provide adequate food storage. Funds from the campaign will cover the purchase cost of the facility so the permanent home of the Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center can maintain its Cave Creek base, as nearly 40 percent of the food bank’s customers are from the Cave Creek/Carefree area.


Renovations have begun and food bank personnel expect to occupy the facility in May 2013, in time for the organization’s 25th anniversary. Donations can be made at www.foothillsfoodbank/capital-campaign or a check made out to Foothills Food Bank can be sent to: PO Box 715, Carefree, AZ, 85377.