Ensuring Families Don't Go to Bed Hungry
Choosing between buying food or paying for shelter – is the grim reality for many Arizonans. The current economic conditions have put more individuals and families into distress than at any other time in our state’s history. But United Way has a vision to turn things around.
The goal is simple: end hunger in Maricopa County.
United Way, along with key government, local community, and state leaders, developed a four-year End Hunger in Maricopa County Plan to ensure residents have food to meet their basic health needs. The Steering Committee was led by Derrick Hall, President and CEO, Arizona Diamondbacks, and retired APS executive Steve Wheeler.
Hunger-Free Communities Plan Key Strategies
- Develop and support an efficient food system increasing access to affordable, nutritious food.
- Support efforts increasing enrollment of eligible individuals in nutrition programs.
- Provide chronic and very low food secure households increased access to sufficient, affordable and nutritious food year-round.
End Hunger in Maricopa County Plan 2016 Goals
- UNITE to end chronic hunger for 33 percent of the most vulnerable households.
- End chronic hunger for 27,000 of our most vulnerable households.
How we help
- In 2011, your contributions supported the distribution of more than 86 million meals to families and seniors struggling with hunger.
- Each year, VSUW invests nearly $1 million in our local food bank system to meet the demand for food and enroll eligible people in nutrition programs.