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  • Pima County reallocates funds to benefit food security programs

    Apr 22, 2020 | Read More News
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    Sahuarita Food BankPima County, responding to the urgent needs caused by the economic disruption related to COVID-19, reallocated $315,000 to support, sustain and expand local food security programs on Tuesday.

    The Board of Supervisors, in a 5-0 vote, approved the amendments to its previously approved Pima County 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan and authorized submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund these important programs.

    The HUD funds are distributed through Pima County's Department of Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation (CDNC).

    "CDNC's mission is to serve community, in direct partnership with local agencies," said Daniel Tylutki, Interim Director of CDNC.

    "Working proactively with our rural community food pantries, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and thoughtful County leadership and decision-makers, together we have been effective in redirecting these important resources to where they are needed most -- helping our families put food on the table and allowing them to use their financial resources where they need it most."

    The approved amendments provide the County opportunities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and better assist low to moderate income level individuals and families, including those experiencing homelessness, impacted by COVID-19.

    Funds will specifically allow agencies to hire more workers should volunteers be in short supply and cover additional operational, storage and transportation costs. Most importantly, agencies can directly purchase food from local farmers and distributors before it goes to waste.

    The approved actions allow the Pima County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to support these COVID-19 food security programs:
    • Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture/Ajo -- $50,000
    • Altar Valley School District No. 51/Altar Valley -- $20,000
    • Arivaca Coordinating Council, Human Resources Group, Inc./Arivaca -- $20,000
    • Interfaith Community Resources/Northwest -- $20,000
    • Impact of Southern Arizona/Catalina -- $5,000
    • Catholic Community Services, d.b.a. John Valenzuela Youth Center/South Tucson -- $30,000
    • Flowing Wells School District, Flowing Wells Resource Center/Flowing Wells -- $30,000
    • Sahuarita Food Bank/Sahuarita -- $50,000
    • ReSources Vail Food Bank/Vail -- $10,000
    • Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona/Amado, Green Valley, Marana & Countywide -- $80,000
    Pima County's Community Development Block Grant Program funds social service, community facilities and infrastructure projects in low-income neighborhoods and communities throughout rural Pima County. The CDBG program provides facilities and services where other financial resources aren't available to meet neighborhood needs.