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Matthew's Crossing

The Facts

Arizona Hunger Statistics

  • Arizona is tied as the 5th worst state in the U. S. for overall food insecurity.
  • 1 in 4 children; 1 in 5 adults; and 1 in 7 seniors struggle with hunger.
  • 888,100 unduplicated Arizonans received emergency food assistance in 2009, an 85% increase from the 2006 study.
    • Almost half (46%) of those were children under the age of 18
    • 74% of households lived below the federal poverty line, defined as $22,050 annually for a family of four.
    • 77% of households experienced food insecurity.

Maricopa County Statistics

  • More than 623,300 (16.5%) people live in poverty.
  • 26% of those living in poverty are children!
  • Nearly 1,138,000 (29%) are “working poor.”
  • Respondents to a Maricopa Association of Governments survey listed FOOD as their major need!
  • Food assistance requests are one of the most often received calls at 2-1-1 Arizona.


  • Food Insecurity is experiencing limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or uncertain economic and physical ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
  • Hunger is not getting enough food to provide the nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water) for a fully productive and active life. Hunger is having uneasy or painful sensations caused by lack of food. Hunger is the recurrent and involuntary lack of access to food.

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Matthew's Crossing Food Bank

1368 N. Arizona Ave. Unit 112
Chandler, AZ 85225
Emergency Food Bags
M, Tu, Th, F 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed 4:00 - 6:00 pm

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About Us:

Matthew's Crossing is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We provide assistance for individuals and families in need in the East Valley area - currently addressing needs associated with hunger.

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In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited
from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  
Full Non-Discrimination Statement can be found HERE