Affordability


Volunteers load carts with frozen goods, fruits and vegetables, baked goods, beverages and snacks at St. Mary’s Food Bank in this September photo. St. Mary’s has seen an increase in people using its services. (File photo by Justin Spangenthal/Cronkite News)
Food Banks Get Lesson in Economics: More Demand, Less Supply, Higher Prices

Arizona food banks head into the holiday season having to buy more food, at higher prices, for more clients, with fewer donations to help them pay for it.

Waste Not, a Scottsdale nonprofit, hosts its 32nd annual Empty Bowl event, where patrons can purchase handcrafted bowls to help eliminate food insecurity in Arizona. Photo taken at the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix on Oct. 14, 2022. (Photo by Scianna Garcia/ Cronkite News)
Empty Bowls Event Raises Money to Combat Food Insecurity, Cut Food Waste

For the nonprofit Waste Not, an empty bowl represents the struggles of nearly 1 million Arizonans who can’t find enough to eat every day.

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‘There Is More to It:’ Shelter Worker on Phoenix’s Growing Tent City

More than 600 people stay in downtown Phoenix's homeless shelter every night—and hundreds more sleep in tents on the streets surrounding the shelter.

Sharleen Kakalewska prepares to cut a client’s hair on Aug. 30, 2022, at the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix. Kakalewska volunteers with the Church of the Palms, United Church of Christ, which provides free showers, haircuts and hygienic products. (Photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)
Growing Unsheltered Community in Phoenix Receives Help From Project Connect

Project Connect is a program in Phoenix that provides resources like medical and housing assistance, and helps individuals acquire proper identification.

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Arizona’s Minimum Wage Will Go Up to $13.85 Next Year

The minimum wage in Arizona will go up to $13.85 per hour starting Jan. 1, according to the Industrial Commission of Arizona.

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.

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Lunch Crunch: Inflation Has Schools Scrambling to Afford Student Meals

Officials are scrambling to figure out how to afford meals for students at a time when inflation nationwide is running at the highest level in decades.