12 News – Food pantry in Flagstaff helps residents in need


Despite the admirable efforts of several groups in our community people, adults and children, still go hungry and are malnourished.  Our goal is to create a community based solution to that problem.  Here are the major stumbling blocks to solving this issue and our solutions:

  • We need to offer emergency food when working people can pick it up without missing work. Our solution is to be open 4 days a week Thursday thru Sunday from 2:30pm to 6pm.
  • A box full of can vegetables, and excess pantry items most often can’t be turned into a nourishing and appetizing meal. We will supplement our pantry donations with fresh dairy, eggs, and meat.
  • The one food box fit all approach wastes food and doesn’t solve the problem. Our clients will be allowed to select the food they want to feed their family right off the shelves like in a real grocery store.
  • Limiting a family to receiving one food supplement a month almost guarantees end of month shortfalls. We will allow clients to shop once a week allowing them to eat fresher more nourishing meals.
  • The need is not limited to just Flagstaff. Outlying communities need to be served. If you need food we are here to help and as long as we have food we will give it to those that need it.
  • Running a conventional Food Bank operation requires a lot of payroll and overhead .Raising the money to keep that kind  of operation  dictates the kind of services you can provide. By operating 100% volunteer our gross annual overhead  should be less than $60,000 making fundraising a secondary goal.


  • First and most importantly we need to let those who need our services learn about what we offer. Please let folks know that there is help available.
  • We need quality food donations 12 months of the year 24/7.If enough churches, places of work, civic groups, or neighborhoods can organize an annual food drive so that we benefit on a weekly basis we can make this thing work
  • Donate to the People’s Pantry via PayPal
  • This is about Flagstaff Helping Flagstaff so we need volunteers to help collect food, sort food, run the pantry, solicit donations, and help get the word out.

2529 E 7th Ave, Across the Street from Cal Ranch.
Open 2:30pm to 6pm Thursday through Sunday. 928-522-0111
More Information, Bill Packard 928-699-7831