Arizona Ranked 14th Worst in the Country in Food Hardship Data

Arizona’s food hardship rate increased slightly in 2012 according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).  In 2012, more than one in five Arizona households (20.9%) reported not having enough money to buy the food they needed during the previous twelve months for themselves or their family.

This ranks Arizona 14th worst in the country in food hardship rate, up from 15th worst with a 20.5% food hardship rate in 2011. Since food hardship first began being tracked in 2008, Arizona has consistently had high rates, with 20.8% in 2010; 20.5% in 2009; and 18.8% in 2008.  Nationwide, food hardship dipped to 18.2% in 2012, a 2.2% decrease from the 2011 rate, the highest rate ever recorded.

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Family-Sponsored, Debt-Free Food Bank Prepares to Open in North Phoenix

Mom’s Pantry will provide emergency food aid to families and individuals

Mom’s Pantry, a new food bank providing emergency food aid to families and individuals in north Phoenix neighborhoods, will open its doors in May.

A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony are scheduled for May 5 at 1:30 p.m. at the completely renovated 7,000-square-foot facility, 13440 N. Cave Creek Road.

Mom’s Pantry’s mission is to help eliminate hunger in Arizona by providing emergency supplemental food aid to in-need families and individuals. A nonprofit organization, the food bank will distribute emergency food boxes intended to feed a family of four for three days. Initially, Mom’s Pantry anticipates giving assistance to more than 2,000 households each month.

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Number of Hungry People in Ariz. Increased During 2012

The number of people in Arizona going without food increased slightly in 2012, according to a new report.

The Washington, D.C.-based Food Research and Action Center said more than one in five Arizona households — 21 percent — did not have enough money last year to buy the food they needed. The year before, the group said 20.5 percent of Arizonans had a food hardship.

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