As we enter the holiday season, Governor Doug Ducey today announced more than $1.6 million to expand assistance to Arizona food banks, helping them reach more families and seniors in need. The funding will enable food banks around the state to make more food home-deliveries to seniors and make more fresh produce and items available.
Today’s funding includes:
- $600,000 for St. Mary’s Food Bank to enhance its home-delivery model to reach 2,000 more seniors in their homes in Maricopa, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Pinal and Yavapai Counties;
- $525,000 for Community Food Bank to enhance its home-delivery model to reach 2,000 more seniors in Pima County and continue delivering fresh produce to residential senior living facilities; and
- $500,000 to replenish the Double Up Food Bucks Program, which doubles the value of SNAP/EBT benefits used at farmers markets.
- These dollars will support 7,500 SNAP participants per month and 120 small farmers and reinstate services at Bashas' Diné Market on the Navajo Nation.
Today’s funding comes from the Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund, established in March through a bipartisan state budget agreement that added $50 million for Arizona’s COVID-19 response.
Read the Governor’s full press release here: https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/10/governor-ducey-announces-more-16-million-expand-food-bank-assistance