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Past Grant Recipients

The information below is organized by fiscal year.

Amphitheater Public Schools Foundation, Inc.

Understanding Poverty at Keeling Elementary School - Tucson, Pima County

Of the students at Keeling Elementary School, 92% are enrolled in free and reduced lunch. A staff-wide, onsite workshop will be conducted to examine economic class and provide ideas to improve academic success of students from low-income families. 

Bisbee Coalition for the Homeless

Kitchen Upgrade 2020 - Bisbee, Cochise County

This agency operates a resource center that provides over 38,000 meals to those in need in Cochise County. A commercial exhaust system will be installed over the stove to be able to prepare a larger variety of meals in a safe environment.

Boys & Girls Club of Bisbee

Triple Play - Bisbee, Cochise County

The Boys and Girls Club will implement an accredited after school and summer program that focuses on mind, body and soul through social development. As a social recreational program, activities implemented engage all age groups from five years old to seventeen through hands-on learning opportunities.

Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc.

Healthy Communities, Thriving Farms - Douglas, Cochise County

This project will continue a CSA program where low-income employees and patients in the Douglas area are provided produce, supplied by local farmers.  This project will also include an educational aspect, with growers sending out a weekly newsletter about seasonal foods, recipes, and other information.

Community Christian Church of Marana

Community Christian Outreach Center - Marana, Pima County

This organization is located in far west Marana, what some call Avra Valley, which has very few other social services. This project will increase capacity for safe and efficient food transportation and distribution.

Coyote Taskforce

Our Healthy Place Clubhouse - Tucson, Pima County

Our Place Clubhouse is a work-focused community of mutual support for low income adults living with mental illness. Necessary kitchen equipment will be replaced so that our members can cook for and share meals with their peers, and take nutrition and cooking classes. 

Flowers and Bullets

In collaboration with the Tucson Rainwater Harvesting Co-op

Rainwater harvesting for regenerative food production in marginalized communities - Tucson, Pima County

This project works to enhance within-organization capacity in rainwater harvesting design and implementation, carry out rainwater harvesting projects that will directly benefit food production and soil improvement in low-income neighborhoods, and enhance capacity in business planning and development. Grant funds will be used to fund a coordinator, scholarships for workshop participants, and necessary equipment.

Flowing Wells Assembly of God

Flowing Wells Food Program Kitchen Renovation - Tucson, Pima County

This project will update kitchen equipment and the space to serve the people of the Flowing Wells Neighborhood as professionally, courteously and efficiently as possible.

Flowing Wells Family Resource Center

Shelving - Tucson, Pima County

Flowing Wells Family Resource Center will acquire shelving for food storage and distribution for the students and families of the Flowing Wells School District.

Friends of Tucson's Birthplace - Mission Garden

In collaboration with Arevalos Farm and SouthWinds Farm

Development of The Local Sonoran Region Heritage Food Economy - Tucson, Pima County

This project aims to support a developing local economy of heirloom corn from grower to consumer. In the current market, the majority of corn tortilla options are made of commercial farm scale genetically modified corn, this project hopes to farm and distribute the heirloom corn that has been grown in America for thousands of years.  

Haven Totes, Inc.

In collaboration with Catalina High School

Resource Center Expansion - Tucson, Pima County

With the knowledge that many in Tucson do not have reliable transportation, Haven Totes is investing in creating resource centers at accessible neighborhood schools. This project will increase capacity at Catalina High School resource center for school children and their families to receive food.

Haven Totes, Inc.

Food Pantry Equipment - Tucson, Pima County

Grocery carts will be purchased so clients can more easily transport the food they receive, so as to provide clients with the best experience possible. Transportation equipment will be purchased to ensure the physical safety of staff and volunteers.

Healthy Bisbee Inc

Healthy Bisbee Capacity Building 2020 - Bisbee, Cochise County

Healthy Bisbee serves approximately 12,000 nutritious, balanced meals each year to anyone who comes to their weekly lunch service, which is prepared with fresh local produce. This project will fund a kitchen manager maintain and grow this program.

Impact of Southern Arizona

Equipment for IMPACT Food Bank Expansion - Tucson, Pima County

IMPACT is located in the rural community of Catalina, and serves primarily rural, low to moderate income families and seniors. This project will support finishing an expansion of the food bank distribution space, to improve client experience and increase the storage of fresh foods. 

Interfaith Community Services East

Eastside Food Bank Expansion Project - Tucson, Pima County

This project will allow this agency to increase capacity so as to be able to participate in a senior-focused feeding program, as well as adding another day to distribution.

Interfaith Community Services Northwest

Interfaith Community Services Northwest Food Bank – Infrastructure - Tucson, Pima County

As the second largest provider of emergency food in Southern Arizona, ICS over 25,000 low-income seniors, individual and families in need every year. A forklift will be acquired to supply more food to clients, while ensuring safety of staff and volunteers.

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

In collaboration with The 3000 Club (T3C), Tucson City Council Member-Steve Kozachik, St Jude Tuition Fund Corporation

Gleaning for Good, Harvest against Hunger - Tucson, Pima County

Funds will be used to grow agency’s existing program, Harvesting and Redistributing Tucson’s Bounty, by investing in transportation, staff, equipment, and more. Primary beneficiaries will include UN refugees, asylum seekers, and other food-insecure immigrant families in urban and rural parts of Pima, Cochise, and Santa Cruz Counties.

JobPath, Inc. 

Economic Opportunity through Job Training - Tucson, Pima County

JobPath works to improve the economic status of underserved adults by removing barriers to educational attainment so that they may lead healthy and more prosperous lives. This project will provide economic opportunity by supporting low-income adults as they complete two-year-or-less degree and certificate programs.

Living Faith Christian Center, Tucson International

Capacity Improvement CY2020 - Tucson, Pima County

Living Faith Christian Center is an inner-city church that serves primarily low-income neighbors. This project will increase pantry capacity to store and safely transport food, and increase efficiency to check in clients.

Native Music Coalition

Native Healing Sounds Project - Tucson, Pima County

Native Music Coalition was established by a group of local musicians who wanted to address the everyday hardships on American Indian Reservations by teaching how to craft traditional instruments and preserve traditional culture. Workshops will be provided for Native American youth and young adults about hand crafting tribal instruments and the history of these instruments.

New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church

Extended Space and Transportation Repairs - Tucson, Pima County

On an average New Jerusalem MBC Outreach Ministry serves six hundred families per month in the greater Tucson area and the city of South Tucson with food boxes. To respond to increasing demand, investments are being made towards the kitchen, transportation, and staff/volunteers.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe Charitable Organization

Food Security for Children on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation - Tucson, Pima County

The Dr. Fernando Escalante Tribal Library, located on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation, is where many children on the reservation spend afternoons and school breaks. This project aims to provide after school snacks for these children, offer backpacks with food to bring home, and teach about nutrition as well as traditional and culturally relevant foods.

Pio Decimo Center of Catholic Community Services

Pio Decimo Pantry ExpansionTucson, Pima County

Food storage capacity will be expanded which will allow for more food to be served to more families and for this organization to provide additional programs.

Sahuarita Food Bank & Community Resource Center

In collaboration with Pima Community College, Division of Critical Care

Financial Support for Certified Caregiver and Certified Nurse Assistant Students - Sahuarita, Pima County

Greater Sahuarita and Green Valley needs local workforce development opportunities. Cost, transportation, time availability, scheduling, childcare, and other issues make it difficult or impossible for many local residents to take advantage of workforce development opportunities in Tucson. This project is a subsidized six-week class that prepares students to take the state certification examinations to become Certified Caregivers and/or Certified Nurse Assistants.

Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church

Expanding Neighbors Feeding Neighbors to Council House Apartments     Tucson, Pima County

Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church currently provide 5-10 meals a week to many of the residents of Sentinel Plaza Apartments, a housing complex for fixed-income seniors in Tucson. Equipment will be purchased to improve the packaging of these meals.

Santa Cruz Lutheran Church

Fellowship Hall Project, SCLC Food Bank Support - Tucson, Pima County

Santa Cruz Lutheran serves the surrounding neighborhoods as well as San Xavier Mission and the Pascua Yaqui Reservation.  Agency will perform structural work and purchase cold storage to provide a safer and hazard-free environment for their clients and volunteers, increasing the volume of fresh and healthy foods distributed.

Senior Citizens of Patagonia, Inc.

Patagonia Senior Center - Commercial Evaporator Cooler - Patagonia, Santa Cruz County

This agency has 166 registered clients in a meal program that serves nutritious lunches five days a week, Mondays to Fridays. Evaporative cooler will be replaced, so that seniors and clients with disabilities can enjoy their meals and socialize in a congenial setting. 

Southeastern Arizona Community Unique Services (SEACUS)

Kitchen Equipment Purchase - Safford, Graham County

SEACUS provides an estimated 1,380 nutritious meals a year to homebound seniors. Grant funds will be used to acquire cold storage in order to safely store and deliver food to seniors in more remote areas of Greenlee County. 

Southside Presbyterian Church

Kitchen Manager - Tucson, Pima County

This project’s goal is to create a job training program, in which a new culinary graduate would expand their skill levels in areas of kitchen administration through coaching and helping run the hot meals program. Currently Southside Presbyterian Church prepare hundreds of meals per week requiring not only the culinary art of preparing tasteful and nutritious food but also the administrative requirements including budgeting, ordering, reporting, food safety and personnel management.

Sunsites Bread Basket

Creating a Better "Basket" - Peace, Cochise County

The Bread Basket serves a rural area of Cochise County including Pearce, Elfrida, Dragoon, McNeal, Sunizona, Kansas Settlement, and more. This project will focus on food capacity, technology, and pantry environment so as to increase food and educational services as well as improve client experience.

Tucson Center for Women and Children DBA Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse Emergency Shelter Refrigerators Upgrade - Tucson, Pima County

Emerge is a residential shelter for survivors of domestic abuse; nearly all shelter residents have low or zero income and most have suffered financial abuse. Grant funds will be used to purchase a refrigerator for survivors of domestic abuse to have access to healthy food and have a space to use cooking as a means of healing.

World Ministries Outreach to Children Project

OTC Food Expansion Project - Tucson, Pima County

The OTC Outreach Center is established in Tucson’s impoverished “Little Mexico” and works to break down the barriers of poverty and prejudice working against children, limiting their success. A commercial walk-in refrigerator/freezer will be installed to increase food distribution volume and efficiency.

Community Food Pantry of Benson

Truck Maintenance      Benson, Cochise County

The Community Food Pantry provides food for about 700 people each week, who come from Benson, Cascabel, J-6, Mescal, Pomerene, and St. David.  Funds will be used to repair the primary vehicle used for food pick-ups to ensure diverse offerings for clients.

Christ Church United Methodist

Check-in Computer Replacement          Tucson, Pima County

The Christ Church United Methodist food pantry is all-volunteer run.  A desktop computer and signature pad will be purchased for improved client services and volunteer support; eventually, client check-in will become a paperless operation.

Cody’s Friends

Community Outreach and Support Coordinator          Tucson, Pima County

Develop, implement, and provide training for a sustainable community outreach program that delivers pet food, critical pet supplies, and pet education to those in need.  Studies show that a majority of pet owners think of their animal as a member of the family, and will often go hungry before they let their pet suffer.  The program will reach and serve those who are in need in our community who have pets by way of networking with human service agencies for distribution along with our participation in community wide events.

Douglas ARC

Cold Food Capacity-Building    Douglas, Cochise County

Douglas ARC currently delivers 200 meals per day, 5 days a week to homebound senior citizens and people with disabilities.  To maintain and enhance this service, agency will purchase kitchen equipment and additional cold storage to transport meals to homebound seniors in four rural areas: Douglas, Bisbee, Elfrida, and Sulphur Springs Valley.  The equipment needed for this includes an inverter for a box truck, a reach-in refrigerator, reach-in freezer, meat grinder, immersion blender, and commercial blender.

Duncan Food Bank, First Southern Baptist Church

Duncan Food Bank Expansion  Duncan, Greenlee County

This agency is the only food bank in the rural Duncan valley community.  Residents find themselves with very few local resources and food sources, with the nearest grocery store being a 100-mile round-trip.  Through infrastructure equipment and supplies, agency will expand the availability of fresh food and increase distribution options for clients.

GAP Ministries

In collaboration with Drexel Heights Community Center, Flowing Wells School District, and Higher Ground

Summer Meals Expansion          Tucson, Pima County

GAP’s Feed Our Schools program serves over 1,000 children per day across over a dozen sites during the summer months when children are not part of the free breakfast and lunch program at school.  A new walk-in cooler will increase capacity for breakfast, lunch, dinners, and snacks to partners that provide meals to children and families during summer months.

Haven Totes

Improve Technology Infrastructure          Tucson, Pima County

Haven Totes recently opened a new food bank that will serve the families of the 500 children they currently serve through weekend backpacks.  Haven Totes provides weekend food to over 500 elementary school age children from low income families experiencing food insecurity.  A new all-in-one computer and printer will allow quicker database access, saving input time and making computer operation easier for the many volunteers that perform client intake.

Littletown Human Resources

Project Littletown 2019          Tucson, Pima County

Littletown’s food bank has been serving the community for 30 years while ensuring a safe and reliable place for food access.  Funds will be utilized to maintain capacity for food services through building repairs, van maintenance, and supplies for grocery rescue.

Maranatha Pentecostal Ministries

Meal Service Capacity    Douglas, Cochise County

Maranatha’s building has been undergoing construction to increase safety and dignity.  This project will support their soup kitchen and hot meal service through dining area, storage area, and roof improvements.

Nogales Community Development Corporation

In collaboration with Mariposa Community Health Center

Nogales Innovation Kitchen and MakerSpace            Nogales, Santa Cruz County

Non-profit CDFI Nogales Community Development Corporation and La Mariposa Community Health Center seek to purchase cold storage equipment for the new Innovation Kitchen Incubator and MakerSpace currently being constructed in the rural Nogales, Arizona U.S.-Mexico border community. This request will more substantially outfit the 1,800 square foot facility with the purpose of jumpstarting a robust and sustainable local healthy and fresh food system by cultivating new local healthy food entrepreneurs and supporting much-needed community-based nutrition education.

Our Neighbor’s Farm and Pantry

In collaboration with Gila Watershed Partnership and Graham County Cooperative Extension

Food Production Capacity    Safford, Graham County

Our Neighbor’s Farm and Pantry has two food production properties.  The goal of this project is to educate the community about how to plant, grow, and harvest fruits and vegetables; harvest rain water for those crops; demonstrate the role that pollinators play in crop production; and use demonstration crops to feed those in need. Including native pollinator plants is expected to increase the garden yield, helping to feed the community.

World Ministries Outreach to Children

Food Distribution Efficiency Improvement Project             South Tucson, Pima County

Once a week, families who live in what is called Little Mexico come to this facility for food donations.  In an effort to eliminate physical hardships and be more efficient on distribution days, this agency is working to decrease the time of their pickups and to have a larger window of time for distribution.  Agency also plans to deliver the food to families who have to walk long distances to their facility.  Both of these actions will result in families getting food faster without the hardship of standing in a crowded line.

Portable Practical Educational Preparation

In collaboration with Amado Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, Borderland Unitarian Universalistic Church, and Sonoran Center for Spiritual Living

Amado Youth Center Kitchen      Amado, Pima and Santa Cruz Counties

In September 2018, the Amado Youth Center was flooded and rendered unusable.  A large-scale funding effort is underway to build a new youth center that provides a safe and secure space for young people.  This specific portion of the project will focus on furbishing a kitchen that will support healthy meals and nutrition education.

Sahuarita Food Bank

Equipment to Improve Client and Volunteer Experiences      Sahuarita, Pima County

Sahuarita Food Bank serves up to 200 households a week; their clients come primarily from Sahuarita and unincorporated southern Pima County, but also from southern Tucson and Santa Cruz county.  The goal of this project is to streamline multiple processes during food distribution service days through client choice-related distribution supplies, such as coolers, tables, and shopping carts.

Salvation Army Sierra Vista

In collaboration with Bonita Vista Apartments, Casa del Sol, Cochise County School District, and Santa Fe Springs Housing

Service Delivery Expansion            Sierra Vista, Cochise County

In addition to serving clients directly in Sierra Vista, this agency plans to extend services to additional surrounding rural areas.  Funds will be used to purchase a refrigerated vehicle to expand fresh food delivery to additional vulnerable community members in six Cochise County schools and three low-income housing complexes.

Southside Community School

Family Food Distribution             South Tucson, Pima County

Southside is a Title I school with 100% of students eligible for free and reduced lunch; it is located in a high risk, low income neighborhood with a high Hispanic population.  Their facility is at-capacity for storing perishable food items like meat and dairy and would like to stock more of these high-demand and high-cost items.  Agency will purchase a commercial refrigerator and freezer to expand capacity to receive, store, and distribute perishable food items for school families most in need, and reduce food-related barriers to social and academic success.

Primavera Foundation

The Primavera Foundation has created seven community gardens at organization owned emergency shelter sites, permanent affordable housing rental sites, and in partnering neighborhoods throughout Tucson. Endowment funds will be used to strengthen the social capital of after-school, residential and emergency shelter garden programs by engaging residents with in these garden projects. Specifically, Primavera is working on planting winter gardens and the Garden Coordinator (an AmeriCorps Member) is holding “cafecitos” (aka coffee klatches) at each of the resident gardens to get to know residents and talk about gardening.

Cochise County Master Gardeners

For the past two years the Cochise County Master Gardeners has been developing the Discovery Gardens, the first and only educational demonstration garden in Cochise County. Their goal is to install an 8’ x 20’ greenhouse to be used as part of our educational outreach at the Discovery Gardens at UA Sierra Vista. Greenhouse production will enable growth of starter plants for vegetables, berries, and herbs from seed and cuttings and allows for year-round food crop production. This project will be available to any members or organizations in Cochise County with the interest in food production or a need for healthy food knowledge. 

Wellness Connections

Wellness Connections’ Growing Well Garden Project is an integral part of their culinary training and meal program, and peer-run microbusiness efforts. The goals of this project are to upgrade and replace gardening and greenhouse equipment and supplies for the local Farmer’s Market(s). Second, train for members and staff who will take leadership in the planning and maintenance of their garden project. And lastly, produce a cookbook created by program members that will include heart healthy recipes, promoting healing and recovery. Primary beneficiaries of the project will be adults 18 and over who are living with mental health and/or substance use recovery issues.

La Frontera

The Community Wellness Project’s goal is to increase the ability of community members living with mental health issues to access and make healthy choices related to diet. La Frontera has three Community Wellness Project garden sites throughout Tucson and the Thornydale Ranch is requesting funds to implement an expansion to their garden with the goal to increase production. The Produce from the Wellness Project will be used in cooking classes and distributed to program participants, employees, and Sonora House. 

CAA Faith Ministry, Inc.

CAA Faith Ministry, Inc. has been producing and donating fresh garden vegetables to the Rural Accent Food Pantry in Bowie and the Willcox Food Pantry for several years. Their goal is to extend this service by beginning fruit production. They would like to build a screened fence enclosure to begin growing berries and grapes. These fruits are currently scarcely available to the low income residents in the area and providing berries and grapes in addition the fresh garden vegetables would provide beneficial nutrition to recipients.

Flowers & Bullets 

Flowers and Bullets is a grassroots collective that began in 2012 and includes 23 families in the Barrio Centro/Julia Keen neighborhoods (south of 22nd, west of Alvernon, north of Aviation Hwy, east of Tucson Blvd.). On January 1, 2017, the collective began leasing the vacated Julia Keen Elementary School to creative a community-driven urban agriculture site. They plan to develop a portion of the 9-acre property into a demonstration garden that will provide access to fresh produce as well as nutritional and gardening education for the community.

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Iskashitaa Refugee Network harvests unused fruit in Tucson’s backyards while educating Southern Arizonans about local food production, native foods, food waste, food sovereignty, and hunger alleviation and uses food as an entry point for immigrants and refugees. Their citrus harvesting program has been coordinated and overseen by temporary volunteers, but with increasing demand, has become increasingly more challenging. They plan to hire a harvesting coordinator for the peak citrus season and are in the process of securing additional funding sources to keep this position permanently.

San Xavier Cooperative Association 

The San Xavier Cooperative Association’s Wild Foods Community Harvest Program works with Tohono O’odam community members in the San Xavier District to learn how to harvest, process, and prepare traditional wild Sonoran Desert foods in a cultural and environmentally healthy way. Currently, this program provides training on cholla buds in the spring and mesquite pods in the summer. They plan to extend this education into the fall with a prickly pear program which will include harvesting, training on how to incorporate prickly pear into the diet, and provide an opportunity for individuals to sell processed juice and other prickly pear items for extra income.

Southwest Community Center 

The Southwest Community Center primarily serves the Drexel Heights neighborhood through the distribution of food boxes to nearly 10,000 families per year. They seek to provide an opportunity for community members to have access to gardening education to reduce food insecurity by encouraging urban gardening. They plan to implement a community garden that will be used as an educational tool to teach neighbors how to start and maintain a backyard garden.