Bashas’ kicks off month-long food drive


Bashas’ and CBS 5 have joined together to hold the Bashas’ & CBS 5 Holiday Food Drive, a month-long drive to help ease the strain of the holiday demands on food banks in Arizona. The drive and benefits members the Association of Arizona Food Banks and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The goals of the drive are first to inform Arizonans that nearly 860,000 people in this state live in poverty and are at risk of hunger and, second, to collect non-perishable food for these needy Arizona families. The Bashas’ & CBS 5 Holiday Food Drive kicks off today and collection containers will be in Bashas’ stores during the entire month of December.

Food banks across Arizona are facing a potential crisis this holiday season as hundreds of thousands of Arizonans seek help feeding their families. The Association of Arizona Food Banks is projecting an immediate food shortage of 3 million pounds – the equivalent of 75 truckloads or 2.3 million meals – by the end of this year.

The best way to assist is to make a financial donation to the Association of Arizona Food Banks. Your donation will help secure and distribute food that will benefit food banks and their agencies in need. Call (800) 445-1914 or visit to give a gift today.

You can also donate peanut butter, canned vegetables, cereal, macaroni & cheese or canned tomatoes at any Bashas’ store statewide, or buy a “soup can” icon from any cashier at Bashas’ for a donation of $1 or more.