Partnering with Tribal Communities

St. Mary's Food Bank service territory covers 8 of 15 counties, covering 81,000 square miles of Arizona. This area is home to fifteen unique tribal communities


including Navajo, Hopi, Yavapai-Apache, Fort Mojave, Havasupai, and Hualapai Tribal lands, and reaching most of rural Arizona. “These areas have limited access to food and high rates of food insecurity. As a food bank, it is our responsibility to equally serve all of our high need areas,” explains Ceara Chirovsky, Northern Arizona Programs Manager for St. Mary’s Food Bank. The Navajo Nation, the largest tribe in the country, encompasses an area the size of Massachusetts, Maryland and Vermont combined. Stretching across three states, this massive area only hosts 14 grocery stores. Resources are extremely limited, including food access. St. Mary’s Food Bank distributes food to over 4,000 households every month through 70 community partners throughout Arizona’s tribal communities. “It takes a lot of time to travel to these locations, six hours round trip from our Flagstaff office to get to and from any given location at minimum.” Lauren Tomlinson, St. Mary’s Food Bank Mobile Distribution Manager explains. However, St. Mary’s Food Bank is committed to serving our entire service area and offering programs and services regardless of location. St. Mary’s recently opened a warehouse in Chinle, Arizona to offer a consistent distribution center on the Navajo Nation, this brick and mortar location is the first of its kind for our organization in a rural community. “Our hope is to find partner agencies and communities to help expand that to make food access easier for the community,” Tomlinson says. St. Mary’s Food Bank is currently distributing food through the assistance of Chapter Houses, Villages, and Tribal governments, but there are still many areas left that we need to reach.
Because of your generous support these partnerships and dedication towards tribal lands are possible. By donating to St. Mary’s Food Bank, we will ensure that your gift is used to support those in our community that are in need. That includes those in urban areas, rural areas as well as the tribal communities in Arizona.

Apached County, home to Navajo Nation and the Zuni and Fort Apached tribes, has more than a 20% food insecurity rate, the highest our of any majority Native American county in the United States.

Here is how St. Mary's Food Bank Helps.


Thanks to your support, we've touched countless lives.


With the support of our generous donors, and the help of Over a Thousand partner agencies, St. Mary’s Food Bank distributed 110,427,114 pounds of food last year throughout most of Arizona.

Service Area Map – No Competitors – Cropped – 2021 – v3

Mohave County

  • 24 Agency Partners
  • 10,500,000 pounds of food distributed last year

Coconino County

  • 47 Agency Partners
  • 8,500,000 pounds of food distributed last year

Yavapai County

  • 38 Agency Partners
  • 9,080,000 pounds of food distributed last year

Maricopa County

  • 442 Agency Partners
  • 65,600,000 pounds of food distributed last year

Navajo County

  • 30 Agency Partners
  • 3,940,000 pounds of food distributed last year

Apache County

  • 16 Agency Partners
  • 2,500,000 pounds of food distributed last year

Pinal County

  • 16 Agency Partners
  • 3,990,000 pounds of food distributed last year

Gila County

  • 2 Agency Partners
  • 42,000 pounds of food distributed last year

La Paz County

  • 3 Agency Partners
  • 618,000 pounds of food distributed last year
Watch the video to see how we have partnered with tribal communities and leaders to identify their greatest needs, and solutions to the low access food problem.

Meet some people impacted by your support.


Give a gift to St. Mary’s Food Bank as we continue our efforts and commitment to equitable service of all the highest need areas of food insecurity across Arizona. Thank you for your support. By donating to St. Mary’s Food Bank, we will ensure that your donation is used to support those in our community that are in need. That includes those in urban areas, rural areas as well as the tribal communities.

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