1982 – The impetus for developing the food bank was as a result of a determination of need by the Department of Economic Security.
1983 – The food bank was incorporated in Arizona as “Apache Junction Reach Out, Inc.” This remains the legal name of the food bank today.
- Local churches were integrally involved in the support of this effort.
- The goal was to provide 3-5 days of food for each person served.
- Food was initially distributed to clients at the city of Apache Junction Community Service Office.
1983-1989 – Food was distributed from St. George Catholic Church in AJ.
1984 – Received its first block grant from Community Action Human Resources Agency.
1991 – Food distribution was moved to south Ironwood Drive.
1993 – Pinal County planned to build a services complex in Apache Junction. The food bank applied for a block grant for the construction of a new location. A committee was formed to secure builders, tradesmen and volunteers to help construct the building. In June, a community “barn-raising” event occurred and brought the dream to reality.
2016 – The food bank served over 38,000 families, distributed over 1.2 million pounds of food and received $265,000 in donations from individuals, groups, the city of Apache Junction, corporations, grants and fund raising.