1 in 5 Arizonans
face a harsh reality.

What is Food Insecurity?

Lack of consistent access to adequate food is a problem 2 million Arizonans are faced with every year.
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In Arizona, nearly 30% of our neighbors are considered working poor, living on wages that barely cover housing and other basic necessities.

With little money to spare for food, many in our community — friends, family, coworkers — often go without food for meals at a time and have no other choice than to purchase the cheapest, sometimes expired, groceries to feed themselves and their families.

1 in 4 Arizona children like Sam grow up in poverty

Children that lack access to healthy food are more likely to struggle with educational setbacks and further health-related hardships down the line, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.

St. Mary’s understands that a regular diet of nutritious food not only helps kids grow, but it also helps them stay alert and focused in the classroom. With the help of our faithful donors, St. Mary’s provides healthy meals to children through school lunch programs and the Weekend Family Backpack Program.

With Your Support We've Touched Countless Lives

With the support of our generous donors, and the help of hundreds of partner agencies, St. Mary’s distributes food throughout most of Arizona.

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