The PV Community Food Bank is an all-volunteer organization that offers food assistance to individuals and families within the geographic boundaries of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Last year, the organization served over 12,000 individuals living in our community and delivered more than 675 food bags weekly to Title 1 schools during the school year.
In 1986, a few community members started collecting food in their garage, so they could deliver emergency food supplies to struggling families in Northeast Phoenix. From this humble beginning, the PV Emergency Food Bank was born. During the last few decades, the needs of our community have grown dramatically, and PV Community Food Bank has expanded their mission to better serve our neighbors. Since its founding, the food bank has relied on cash and food donations from individuals and businesses, with no government funding accepted, and it continues this tradition to this day.
In April 2021, they changed the name to PV Community Food Bank to reflect the expansion of services to feed the hungry. With the increased demand for nutritious food year-round, they now offer ongoing food assistance. PV Community Food Bank distributes family and individual food boxes to those in need. The family food boxes include fresh milk, meat and produce along with shelf-stable items. The nutritional content of the food boxes is reviewed regularly by a registered dietitian to ensure that 25% of calories come from protein with a focus on fruits and vegetables.
“During the holidays, we distribute turkeys, along with holiday bags filled with other holiday favorites. Families and individuals receive these in addition to the family food boxes,” says Kay Norris, PV Community Food Bank director. “As the holiday season approaches, please consider supporting the less fortunate in our community by donating food or cash to the PV Community Food Bank.”
For those who need help, local residents can call 602-867-9228 to make an appointment. To qualify, all you need is a photo ID and a piece of current mail addressed to you.
Weekend Food4Kids Backpack Program
Since 2006, PV Community Food Bank has partnered with PVSchools to distribute well-balanced, protein-rich meals and snacks to Title 1 school students who lack proper nutrition on weekends. Through their Weekend Food4Kids Backpack Program, they serve an average of 800 students during a typical school year. This program ensures that students return to school on Mondays well-nourished and ready to learn.
How You Can Help
Host a food drive. Food drives have always been a vital source of food collection for PV Community Food Bank. They serve as a lifeline to at-risk families within the boundaries of the PV Unified School District.
Become a corporate donor. Generous donations from local businesses have allowed the food bank to fulfill their mission of providing food to our hungry neighbors and keeping their doors open to serve the community.
Make an AZ Charitable Tax Credit donation. A critical source of funding for the food bank is the AZ Tax Credit donation to Qualifying Charitable Organizations (QCO). PV Community Food Bank is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Visit pvcommunityfoodbank.org to make a tax credit donation.
Honor a loved one with a tribute. Here’s a special way to honor family members on their birthdays or to make a donation in memory of a loved one who has passed away. Visit pvcommunityfoodbank.org to set up a tribute and they will acknowledge your generous donation by sending a beautifully designed card to the recipient of your choice.
“Thank you to all our generous donors, community partners, and dedicated volunteers who work together to help us feed our food-insecure neighbors,” says Norris. “Know that you are making a difference one neighbor at a time.”
PV Community Food Bank is located at 10862 N. 32nd Street. To learn more about the Food Bank or how to get involved, email [email protected].