Phoenix feeds the hungry by providing over 50,000 meals to local residents. People have found various ways to support the needy, especially during this pandemic. Even governments are not left out of this. In Arizona, Phoenix saved several restaurants and farms, while providing free meals to the needy.
Between July and December 2020, the Phoenix program fed over 50,000 local residents. In April, CARES Act federal funding gave the city some money. Rather than directing the funds to food banks, the city asked Local First Arizona to adopt a better approach to enhance the food system in the city.
The Feed Phoenix program was a result of the holistic approach adopted by Local First Arizona. This program has helped to connect struggling farmers with caterers and restaurants in need of business. The nonprofit organization purchases produce from the farms directly and pay restaurants to prepare and provide fresh free meals to needy citizens.
Phoenix feeds the hungry and distributes the meals for free at 30 locations which include food banks. The food is fresh, ready-to-eat food, and has more nutrients than the canned items normally available at such places.
Local First Arizona was the right charity organization to carry out this project successfully. For years, this organization has been working with nearly 3,000 locally-owned businesses to boost local purchases.
The city could have given the contract to one very large company to prepare all of those meals. However, we decided to set up a program that will impact many businesses positively. Founder of Local First Arizona, Kimber Laning.