About Us

Our Mission:

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.

Our Impact:

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.

Our Leaders:

Board of Directors

2015/16 Board of Directors

2017/18 Board of Directors

  • Derek Turner, Board President (Rooftop Solar)
  • Jim Dykes, Past Board President (Retired Legal Council)
  • Steve Bennett Vice President (W.L. Gore & Associates)
  • Mickey Abeshaus, Treasurer (TCI Financial Advisors)
  • Kathy Kilgrow, Secretary & Reading Room Chair (Retired Educator)
  • Kristen Downs, Fundraising & Outreach Chair (Northern AZ Ear, Nose & Throat)
  • Kevin Yoakum, Personnel Committee Chair (Christ Church of Flagstaff)
  • Tony Hannigan (Wells Fargo Bank)
  • Robert Kellar (Development Engineering Sciences)
  • Joy Pavich (Retired Educator)
  • Joel Rohrbough (Northern Arizona Orthopaedics)
  • Kay McConagha (Oceanic Exploration Trust)
  • Lina Wallen (Flagstaff Housing Authority)
  • Lea Clifton Asset Manager (Self Employed)
  • Tony Abrams (WL Gore and Associates)

Our Staff:

  • Monica Foos, Executive Director
  • Carrie Henderson, Development Director
  • Alysse Lerager, Community Outreach & Volunteer Specialist
  • Tim Joyce, Program/Facility Manager
  • Vanessa Nicolai, Administrative Assistant
  • Colleen Brochheuser, Kitchen Coordinator
  • Sierra Harsh, Warehouse Support
  • Rachel Miranda, Children’s Literacy Assistant
  • Samuel Farr, Kitchen Operation Support
  • Joseph Hoyt, Driver
  • Bob Maher, Weekend Chef
  • Jeffery Paul, Driver/Warehouse Operations Support
  • Clayton Lone Tree, Drive and Kitchen Operations Support
  • Matthew Silver, Driver and Warehouse Support