To deliver food and quality services to food banks and foster relationships in support of our commitment to eliminate hunger. We will achieve this through: coordinating collection, procurement, and distribution of food; developing financial support, relationships and resources; advocating for food security through public policy; providing coordination during times of disaster; serving as a source of information and expertise to increase awareness of hunger issues; and investigating new initiatives to preserve and expand food resources to strengthen Arizona communities.
State of Arizona
Ms. Angie B. Rodgers
Association, Disaster, Food Bank, Advocacy, Gleaning, Hunger, Poverty
Also Known As
2100 North Central Avenue Suite 230
Phoenix, AZ 85004 USA
Professional Societies, Associations (K03)
Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)
Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)
IRS Filing Requirement
This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.
How does this organization make a difference?
Self-reported by organization
What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?
The Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project
The Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project, a program of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, was established in 1993 to help coordinate the rescuing of produce that otherwise would go to waste. Individually, food banks have been gleaning since 1980. In 1993 the food banks joined forces to create a statewide network to facilitate the rescuing and distribution of product around the state. The Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project's success is directly related to this collaboration and cooperation. As an association we provide core services to our members and to the statewide food provider network. This is accomplished through the annual updating and publishing of the Arizona Emergency Food Provider Directory. This directory gives caseworkers a handy reference of what food programs are available to their clients and where they are located. In addition, we operate a statewide "800" number for clients and donors to call for information and referral. This is the only toll-free number of its kind in Maricopa County. We help foster strong relationships between the food industry and food banks by maintaining the Food Industry Advisory Committee. This committee meets quarterly to exchange ideas, discuss industry trends and to address joint problem solving. We also publish a quarterly newsletter, FoodLines and maintain a website for information sharing. We research and gather statistical data related to hunger and poverty issues. The Association of Arizona Food Banks spearheads advocacy efforts in Arizona that have resulted in the passage of the Charity Food Bank Act (1986), the Charitable Crop Contribution Bill (1993), and the Food Bank Governmental Incentive Bill (1996). In addition, our work with food banks and other anti hunger groups in the state has resulted in funding being appropriated to the Coordinated Hunger Program line item (currently $1,286,600). The Hunger Hurts Us All legislation (1991), resulted in the addition of $1,000,000 in state funding to support WIC, $100,000 for start up funding for school breakfast programs, $224,900 in additional state funding to the Rural Food Bank line item, and passage of the first "model" Good Samaritan Food Donation law in the United States. In 1998, we advocated for and won $200,000 for the first state funding to support community food security in the nation. In 2000, we successfully led advocacy efforts to reauthorize Arizona's Joint Legislative Committee on Hunger and garner support funding for Food Stamp outreach. In 2001, we secured additional state funding to support food administration and centralized food storage. Nationally, we have played a lead role with other state and national advocates to retain support of commodity distribution programs for low income Americans. We first became involved with the passage of the Hunger Prevention Act in 1988 that modified food stamp regulations and re-authorized the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). In 1994, we authored the "American Hunger Relief Program" as an effort to provide guidance to reform efforts supporting low income Americans. This draft later became the "Bill Emerson Memorial Bill" passed by Congress in 1996 which moved the TEFAP program from discretionary to mandatory spending and authorized $145 million in spending to support acquisition of food and distribution of product to needy households. The Association of Arizona Food Banks provides services to its members and their respective agencies by assisting with coordination of statewide food and fundraisers. In addition, we administer the Food Buying Cooperative Program contract for the Dept. of Economic Security which is an introductory certificate that introduces low-income clients to food cooperative programs.
Maintained state funding levels to food banks at $1.8 million.
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Ms. Angie B. Rodgers
Ms. Rodgers currently serves as President & CEO of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, succeeding the retired long-term President & CEO Ginny Hildebrand. She has been employed by AAFB as President & CEO since June, 2013. Rodgers has more than 15 years’ worth of experience in human services public policy research and advocacy in Arizona, including serving as Governor Napolitano’s Human Services Policy Advisor, focusing on food security, health insurance, child support, employment, early intervention and senior services. Her leadership guides AAFB in its support of five regional food banks and the clients they serve statewide by advocating for policy and resources to assist individuals and families in overcoming poverty and economic hardship.
Ms. Karilee S Ramaley
Salt River Project
Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?