Fifty-fourth Legislature

Second Regular Session


HB 2780: appropriations; hunger services; food banks

Sponsor:  Representative Cano, LD 3

Committee on Appropriations


Appropriates in fiscal year (FY) 2021 to the Department of Economic Security, $260,000 for coordinated hunger services and $475,000 in one-time funding for foodbank storage and food distribution.



In 1972, DES was established by consolidating multiple state agencies to provide an integrated approach to human services. Its mission is to make Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their potential through temporary assistance for those in need, and care for the vulnerable. DES operates and provides services in the following areas: 1) aging and adult services; 2) benefits and medical eligibility; 3) child support services; 4) developmental disabilities; and 5) employment and rehabilitation services.

State and federal dollars are used to administer a USDA commodities food program, to assist in statewide food distribution, and for food banks. Monies are also used to provide information on where individuals and families can obtain food. According to the FY 2021 Baseline Book, in FY 2019 the funding for Coordinated Hunger Services assisted in the distribution of 166,588 pounds of food.


1.    ☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteStates that in addition to any other appropriations made in FY 21, the following amounts are appropriated from the state general fund in FY21 to DES to reduce hunger in this state:

1)    $260,000 for coordinated hunger services; and

2)    $475,000 in onetime funding for food bank storage and food distribution. (Sec. 1)

2.    Exempts the appropriation from lapsing. (Sec. 1)




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