Fire razes Maricopa Pantry food bank


A fire destroyed the Maricopa Pantry in Hidden Valley on Monday, leaving thousands of area families looking for a source of food.

The blaze at the food bank started sometime between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. according to Pantry founder and CEO Jim Shoaf.

A meeting had just concluded, and he said he went out to run some errands when he received a call from a volunteer. One of the trailers on the site was on fire, volunteer Tim Bennett told him. Bennett attempted unsuccessfully to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher, then a hose.

Smoke rises from trailers at Maricopa Pantry in Hidden Valley. [Bryan Mordt]
According to Pinal County Sheriff’s Sgt. Danny Tabor, there were no injuries in the incident. Fire officials were still working the blaze and unavailable for comment on a cause of the fire.

Mountain View Community Church, which sits on the property at 50881 W. Papago Road, was undamaged. Shoaf said he intends to hold services this Sunday.

Shoaf said Maricopa Pantry had just provided food to 125 families this morning and had distributed 1,112 food boxes on Saturday. He said he is not sure yet whether he will be able to rebuild, or how long it might take.

Those looking to contribute, or volunteer may donate directly to the Pantry through PayPal at or at Rebuild Fund for Maricopa Pantry Fire (