For most people "Hunger Pains," is only a figure of speech.

The History

Founded in 1978 by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Yuma Community Food Bank focused on the need to feed hungry children within Yuma County. Thirty-nine years later, the Yuma Community Food Bank continues to create and enhance emergency and supplemental food programs that have an educational and a nutritional component for families throughout Yuma County.  

The Yuma Community Food Bank acts as a conduit in providing food to area nonprofits such as Crossroads MissionCatholic Community Services, Amberly's Place, Adventist and many other nonprofit agencies.




The Vision

To Build Hunger Free Communities.

The individuals that the Yuma Community Food Bank serves are classified as the "working poor." This would include single moms and dads, two parent families, veterans and senior citizens on fixed incomes. This represents over 200,000 visits to the Food Bank annually which are the population working at or above minimum wage jobs and continue to struggle to feed themselves, their children and their families.


The Mission

The Yuma Community Food Bank's Mission is to relieve hunger, increase self-reliance and improve the quality of life for children and families throughout Southwestern Arizona.

Our families need us to continue what we do and to be there every step of the way. In order to maintain services the Yuma Community Food Bank accepts donations in terms of food, funds and time.

The Yuma Community Food Bank has no needs or wants...

The Yuma Community Food Bank has families that do.  TOGETHER WE FEED YUMA...



Our Board

Our board members help in the hope of building a strong, well nourished community throughout the desert southwest.

  • Jonathan Lines, Lines and Lundgreen Roofing and Installation
Past Chairperson
  • Fred Peet, YRMC
Chair Elect
  • Andrew Robinson, Target
  • Charles Molina, APS
  • Wayne Gale, 1st Bank Yuma
  • Hon. Brandon Kinsey, Superior Court Judge.
  • Kevin Ladek, Walmart
  • Jack Puckett, Yuma Insurance Company
  • Jon Pitts, Swire Coca-Cola

Advisory Members

  • Terre Catanzaro, JV Smith Companies


Staff Members

  • President and CEO - Shara Whitehead

Executive Staff 
  • Senior Accountant - Cherry Derrick

  • Director of Operations & Programs - Michelle Merkley

  • Compliance - Carol Urling