Serving hope to Flagstaff families by providing hunger relief and children’s literacy programs.
Our Story: Local businessman and philanthropist George McCullough would give his business card to any person on the street he met who needed some help. He’d tell the person to head over to the Grand Canyon Café for a meal and give them the business card as payment. Once a month, he’d square up with the restaurant owner, Mr. Choi, and so began the McCullough legacy of feeding people who had no where else to turn.
Since that time, more and more people were drawn to the effort and so the Flagstaff Family Food Center opened its doors on Christmas day in 1991. The center’s merger with Northern Arizona Food Bank in the fall of 2013 prompted our new name of Flagstaff Family Food Center: Food Bank and Kitchen and widened the scope of services that are provided to the local community to include emergency food boxes.
And that’s how a community built the Flagstaff Family Food Center: Food Bank and Kitchen.
Through the deep commitment of our community partners, volunteers, board members, and staff, everyone needing assistance is able to receive support, not a single child, individual or family is turned away.
From July 2014 – June 2015
- Between 1,300 and 1,500 individuals were fed each day of the year.
- More than 247,182 meals/ individuals were served through 7 of our 8 Hunger Relief Services.
- Over 1,157,000 pounds of food was provided to over 40 local community agencies battling hunger and poverty.
- Over 2,232 children visited the Paul Sweitzer Reading Room more than 7,900 times. It was during these visits that they received over 5,399 books to add to their personal libraries.
- Our amazing volunteers served over 26,000 hours.
We use Salesforce to track all of the food coming in and going out of both of our facilities. Salesforce is also used to track volunteer hours and financial contributions to our organization. Food is recorded in pounds at intake and when non-profit agencies pick up food for their clients through our warehouse. Food is recorded in numbers of individuals or meals served when it leaves our kitchen location through our evening meals, food boxes, and sack lunch programs.
- Lindsey Spear, Executive Director
Board of Directors
- Jim Dykes, Board President (W.L. Gore & Associates)
- Derek Turner, Secretary (Rooftop Solar)
- Mickey Abeshaus, Treasurer (TCI Financial Advisors)
- Kathy Kilgrow, Secretary & Reading Room Chair (Retired Educator)
- Kristen Downs, Fundraising & Outreach Chair (Northern AZ Ear, Nose & Throat)
- Ben Hartley, Food Committee Chair (Sodexo)
- Joshua Spear, Facilities Chair (Northern Arizona University)
- Kevin Yoakum, Personnel Committee Chair (Christ Church of Flagstaff)
- Steve Bennett (W.L. Gore & Associates)
- Tony Hannigan (Wells Fargo Bank)
- Robert Kellar (Development Engineering Sciences)
- Joy Pavich (Retired Educator)
- Joel Rohrbough (Northern Arizona Orthopaedics)
- Everett Branon, Driver/Operations/Security
- Steven Tomasello, Kitchen Operations Support
- Colleen Brochheuser, Kitchen Coordinator
- Samuel Farr, Kitchen Support
- Hannah Brand, Volunteer Coordinator/Children’s Literacy
- Rachel Miranda, Children’s Literacy Assistant
- Sierra Harsh, Food Bank Support
- Joseph Hoyt, Driver
- Tim Joyce, Facility/Program Manager
- Bob Maher, Weekend Chef
- Jessica Vining, Weekday Chef
- Sharon Morris, Food Box Coordinator
- Jeffery Paul, Warehouse Operation Support
- Jim Newberry, Development Director
- Katie Hanlon, Fundraising Manager
- Andrea Barrantes, Administrative Director
- Michael Van Ness, Data and Special Projects Consultant