CCFB is committed to providing fresh, quality food in a manner that protects and maintains a high level of dignity and respect for people in need; especially those with medical or religious dietary restrictions. To acknowledge the diversity of those people when faced with dietary or religious food restrictions during times of hardship. To utilizing the concept of volunteerism to enhance the quality of life for all community members. Building community relationships that foster unity in diversity.

Financial Accountability & Transparency 

The Cultural Cup Food Bank maintains a system of internal accounting controls, ensuring that all transactions are properly executed and recorded, all assets are safeguarded, and all established policies and procedures are carefully followed. You can see the impact of your donations by viewing CCFB financial reports below.

Internal Revenue Service Form 990

Record Retention and Destruction Policy

Our Staff

For everyone working at the Cultural Cup Food Bank, ending hunger in Arizona is more than just a job. It is our life’s mission. Our staff is made up of passionate professionals who believe that everyone has the right to healthy nutritional food. 

Our Beginning

The Cultural Cup Food Bank (An "Alternative 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 with "dietary restrictions" 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, Phoenix Metro, Maricopa County as Networking Agencies 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 Staff and Volunteers are proud of the accomplishments made over the years and will continue to develop new programs to meet the needs of the community.

Annual Report

Our Mission