The Cultural Cup Food Bank was founded in June 2003 and opened its doors in November 2003, with  the  support of the local community. The Founder, Zarinah Awad, had been actively providing  emergency  assistance to needy Muslim families in the community since the late 1980's. With the help  of private  donations, Zarinah had been able to help these families from the privacy of her own home.

 The Idea came to her to open her own food bank years before; when she herself had to use a food  bank  to make ends meet. She was greeted with the attitude of "Beggars can't be choosy"; when she  said she  couldn't eat pork and most of the food in the box had pork in it. Once she got back on her  feet, she was  determined to make sure that no other Muslim or person would be treated that way in  her community  again.

 So with a few  calls and emails to her friends in the community, her "Dream" came true. Two business  men  in the Muslim comminuity came to her and told her they would help, by finding a building and  paying the  required costs to start up. Once the news spread about the food bank, the donationsand  help started  coming in.

 With a good friend in tow, the two women set out to help the community as a whole, in ways that have  astounded many in the Valley. Zarinah's "Dream" of opening a 'multi-cultural' food bank has  blossomed  into what some would call a 'community center'. The food bank has grown to be a  resource for  thousands of families and individuals in Central Phoenix as well as other parts of  Maricopa County.

 Today the Cultural Cup Food Bank is one of the busiest partners of St Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in  central Arizona. CCFB is proud of the accomplishments it has made over the years and will continue to  develop new programs to help its community.