The 33 new VISTA members to be placed throughout Arizona will contribute to food distribution efforts, pack meal kits and organize volunteers at the food bank they serve. Photo taken Aug. 26, 2022, at the United Food Bank in Mesa. (Photo by Scianna Garcia/Cronkite News)
AmeriCorps Grant Gives Arizona Food Banks More Resources to Help Food Insecurity

AmeriCorps granted the Arizona Food Bank Network $180,000 to support 33 on-the-ground volunteers who will serve at food banks across Arizona.

Maria Parra Cano of Sana Sana Foods prepares burritos with all-natural ingredients for food packages she sends to food-insecure people in south Phoenix. (Photo by Reyna Preciado/Special for Cronkite News)
Women’s Group Works to Eliminate Food Insecurities in South Phoenix

More than 75% of Maricopa County is considered a food desert, meaning residents are a mile or more away from fresh food. South Phoenix falls into that category.