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The Coordinated Hunger Relief Program coordinates with various federal, state, and local organizations that provide food assistance to the hungry and contracts with various hunger organizations to maximize resources. Among the services provided are Nutrition Assistance outreach, food bank coordination, food boxes, commodities, coordination in rescuing produce that otherwise would go to waste (also called gleaning) and information on where to obtain food when in need.
At DES, there are two major programs that address the nutritional needs of families; the Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp) program and the Coordinated Hunger Program.
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The Coordinated Hunger Relief Program also:
- Sustains the DES Hunger Advisory Council to help end hunger in Arizona. This council provides a forum for the development and advocacy of strategies to end hunger and to promote cooperation and collaboration among all agencies and decision makers.
- Administers The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) that provides commodities from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for low-income households and congregate meals through contracts with regional food bank warehouses and a statewide food bank organization.
- Supports the statewide regional food bank warehouse network and other food security projects benefiting hungry people in Arizona.
- Develops the capacity and capability in rural and metropolitan areas of the state for food gleaning, solicitation of donated food, distribution and transportation activities.
- Provides technical assistance to rural and urban communities developing local structures to administer food collection and distribution programs.
- Supports a network of community and faith based organizations that collaborate with DES in providing access and education for the Nutrition Assistance Program for seniors, families, individuals and communities.
There is no fee required to receive services from Coordinated Hunger Relief Program partners.
Performance or Accomplishments Food Bank Network (State Fiscal Year 2016)
- 1.4 million households helped
- 4.4 million individuals helped
- 1.7 million emergency food boxes were distributed to low-income households
- 4.8 million congregate meals were served
- 133.4 million pounds of high-quality, nutritious food were distributed to households including 34.6 million pounds of produce
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Coordinated Hunger Relief Program