Food Center: Food Bank and Kitchen opened
its doors Christmas Day 1991 as the Flagstaff
Family Food Center. Since then, the non-profit
organization has served over 1.8 million hot
meals. The center's merger with Northern Arizona
Food Bank in the fall of 2013 prompted the new
name and widened the scope of services that are
provided to the local community.
as the food hub for the greater Flagstaff area,
the center continues to provide hot meals,
off-site cold lunches and children's literacy
programs while adding food warehousing,
emergency food box distribution and grocery
shopping for other non-profit agencies to their
spectrum of services.
merger helped streamline the collection and
redistribution of sustainable food resources by
working as one centralized entity.
Family Food Center: Food Bank and Kitchen (FFFC:FBK)
receives food from St. Mary's Food Bank
Alliance, local grocery stores, businesses,
churches, individuals, and various organizations
in Flagstaff. In addition, the 501(c)3
non-profit organization receives financial
support from the United Way of Northern Arizona,
Flagstaff Community Foundation, Forest Highlands
Foundation, the City of Flagstaff and other
social and philanthropic organizations. However,
the non-profit relies heavily on
donors like you. Most funding comes from
Because so many
of the hot meal clients are children, (about 20%
of the evening meals are served to children
under the age of 16), a children's literacy
program has grown out of requests for help with
reading and homework. Adjacent to the busy
dining room, children gather in the
Sweitzer Children's Reading Room where they
interact with volunteer tutors and a variety of
educational computer programs, games and crafts.
Since the inception of the literacy program in
1996, over 78,921 books have been read to
children of all ages and over 24,930 books were
gifted to the participants of the successful
volunteers, volunteers are the lifeblood of the
organization. The FFFC:FBK is governed by
an voluntary Board of Directors. Its members
represent a variety of local interests. More
than twenty-five volunteers each day help
collect, triage and redistribute food; fill
emergency food boxes; cook and serve hot meals;
recycle cardboard and organic materials; and
wash dishes and clean-up.
WHAT WE DO
- Free Hot
Meals: We serve approximately 7500
sit-down hot meals every month in a
family-friendly environment, seven days a
week from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Over 1500 Emergency Food Boxes that include fresh
produce are distributed to local Flagstaff
families every month.
- We provide
free grocery shopping for close to 30
local non-profit agencies by allowing
them to 'shop' our warehouse.
Kitchen Mobile Lunch Program: 2100
pre-made lunches are distributed every month
to seven non-profit agencies throughout
Door Lunch Program: Over 1350 "to-go"
sack lunches are distributed out of the
kitchen door each month.
Burrito Program: 800 burritos are
delivered to the local homeless shelter each
Program: Every week, we work in
collaboration with United Way of Flagstaff
to distribute 35 backpacks to high-risk
elementary school children.
- Children's Literacy Programs: The Paul
Sweitzer Reading Room hosted almost 6000
visits from children of all ages while over
4500 books were given away to those children
in 2013. To promote literacy, family members
and volunteers are encouraged to read aloud
to the children.