Photos Courtesy of the Paradise Valley Community Food Bank

For the first time in 30 years, the Paradise Valley Community Food Bank (PVCFB) is open on Saturdays. Staying open an additional day provides more opportunities for new volunteers to donate time and offers the community another window of time to drop off needed food donations.

The PVCFB was founded in 1986 and focuses on providing emergency food supplies as a short-term solution for struggling individuals and families.

“During the last 35 years, the needs of our community have grown dramatically, and we have expended our mission to better serve our neighbors. We now offer on-going food assistance with a maximum of 12 food bank visits per year for individuals and families and 17 visits a year for seniors,” explains PVCFB Director Kay Noris.

“Since 2006, we have partnered with Paradise Valley schools to distribute well-balanced, protein rich meals and snacks to Title 1 school students who may lack proper nutrition on weekends. This program ensures that students return to school on Mondays well-nourished and ready to learn. We serve an average of 700 students during a typical week during the school year,” says Noris.

PVCFB is located at 10862 N. 32nd Street. The food bank’s regular hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and, as of Oct. 1 on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Even the smallest contribution can make a big difference in helping struggling individuals and families in the community. Meanwhile, for those needing food assistance, call 602- 867-9228 to make an appointment. To qualify, all you need is a photo ID and a piece of current mail. To learn more about this organization, visit