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 community 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 donations and help started coming in.
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 and its Staff are proud of the accomplishments it have been made over the years and will continue to develop new programs to meet the needs of the community.