Serve Our State Food Drive

Sunday, February 28 | 7:45am–1pm
Wednesday, March 3 | 8–11am
Sunday, March 7 | 7:45am–1pm

This spring, all three campuses are collecting food for their local food banks and for community centers on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. This is a great way to share hope with families in need across Arizona.

To participate, you may donate any items from the following list and bring them to your SBC campus on Sunday, February 28 (7:45am-1pm); Wednesday, March 3 (8-11am), or Sunday, March 7 (7:45am-1pm). Donated items will be given out by our food bank partners or the community centers on the Navajo and Hopi reservations.

Food Items Needed
Please donate the exact size of the most-needed items listed below, ensuring no items are expired. Pull-top cans are preferred.

White rice (2 lb. bag)
Pinto beans (2 lb. bag)
Flour (2 lb. bag)
Soup (12-15 oz. can)
Fruit (12-15 oz. can) – peaches, pears, or mixed fruit
Chicken (canned) 
Canned corn (12-15 oz. can)
Ravioli/Spaghetti (12-15 oz. can)
Peanut butter (12 oz. plastic jar)
Jelly (squeezable)
Cookies (7-10 oz. sleeve)
Bar soap (or 8 oz. pump soap)
Baking powder (8 oz.)
Pork & beans (12-15 oz. can)
Saltine crackers
Hand sanitizer
Disposable face masks

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Q: What day are the items due?
A: All items are due on or before Sunday, March 7. Look for the collection bins or a truck at your campus. You can drop the items off on February 28, March 3 and 7.

Q: Do I have to purchase all the items on the list?
A: You are free to purchase any of the listed items and donate them at your SBC campus. Please purchase the EXACT size and/or brand listed.

Q: Can I just give money?
A: You can donate money to one of the partners by giving directly on their website or mailing a check to them. Our three partners are listed below.  SBC is unable to process checks or cash donations designated for other non-profits.

Q: Can I donate other stuff from my cupboards that is about to expire?
A: No. Our food banks are experts in providing healthy, non-expired food for families in need. We trust them, so please only donate what is on the approved list and is not about to expire.

Q: How real is the need?
A: In Arizona, almost 1 in 7 people are struggling with food insecurity where access to adequate food is limited or uncertain due to a lack of resources. In Arizona, nearly 30% of our neighbors are considered working poor, living on low wages that barely cover housing, medical costs and other basic necessities. The need for non-perishable food and hygiene items is year-round, and these organizations rely on the support of local churches and organizations to meet the demands. They also offer assistance for long term solutions or help identify and address deeper life issues.

Navajo and Hopi Community Centers – The Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe were hit especially hard by COVID-19. To help meet needs, the Native Elder Support Project was established to provide food, water, and home goods to tribal elders, who are at greatest risk. These elders hold family and cultural history, and the virus was not only taking lives but tribal knowledge keepers and storytellers. SBC is partnering with the Navigators ministry and Central Christian Church to supply food pantries in two communities with enough supplies to support 10 Hopi and 50 Navajo elder homes through May 2021. In the Navajo Nation, nearly 175K people live in remote areas with little or no access to running water, electricity, or the internet. The reservation is classified as a food desert, with only 13 grocery stores serving 27,000 square miles. Thank you for helping us love and serve our native neighbors!

Foothills Food Bank – This food bank near SBC North Ridge serves the foothills area including Cave Creek, Carefree and Black Canyon City. In a six-month period, they will serve almost 5,000 people who need food and provide over 2,200 lunches and weekend meals given to kids.

Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank – This food bank near SBC Cactus provides emergency food assistance to people living within the boundaries of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. This Weekend Food4Kids Backpack Program will provide healthy easy weekend meals for over 780 PV students for 34 weeks.

Thank you for helping to bring the joy and hope of Jesus to kids and families in our city and across Arizona. If you have questions please contact localoutreach@scottsdalebible.comor call 480-824-7200.