To provide food to those in need in Mohave County until EVERYONE is fed!
In 1970, a wonderful woman by the name of Betty Kahlor saw a need to start a program to help feed those less fortunate. She opened The Good Samaritan Association with intentions of feeding individuals passing through the Kingman area who were in need. The organization grew rapidly. Betty soon realized that the need was larger than she originally anticipated and opened The Kingman Area Food Bank. With extremely limited funds and resources, the operation started in an old storage shed. It then moved to a tin building where the wonderful volunteers froze during the winter and roasted during the summer.
During 2005, she was able to raise enough funds to purchase the building where the current Food Bank is located today. Our records show that the Food Bank provided food to 15,000 individuals in that time frame. Using the same facility, the Food Bank served more than 30,100 individuals in 2015 - doubling the number served just three years prior.
Update December 2021: We all see the growth in the Kingman area. With this increase, more individuals and families need our help. Throughout the course of this year, we have seen the need grow by 46%. We now serve in excess of 47,000 citizens in Kingman and surrounding Mohave county.
The Kingman Area Food Bank is currently operating with the help of 40 - 50 volunteers, plus 35+ community service workers per month. They do everything from donation pick-ups, warehouse stocking, food sorting, bar coding, and distributing food out the store door and the warehouse door. Our day usually starts at 6 am when our group of volunteers come in to start sorting and preparing the produce, breads and dry goods for distribution (when available). We currently distribute items like tuna, peanut butter, cereal, canned vegetables, dry beans, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, margarine, milk, cheese, breads, pastries and meat. The recipient can also select various drinks, breads, dry goods, animal food (when available), paper products, and personal hygiene products (when available). We also distribute food to many local churches and organizations.
Betty's legacy lives on. Our leadership team monitors the day to day operations and ensure that all the local businesses and donors know how much we appreciate them and their generosity.
We receive food and monetary donations from local businesses, private citizens, and all kinds of organizations and use them to fight hunger. Help us connect with donors and with people in need.
All check donations must be addressed to Kingman Area Food Bank. We DO NOT get the money addressed to St Mary's Food Bank, that money goes to Phoenix, Az.
At this moment we are not practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask is not required. We encourage our patrons to come in only 1 person per household since our waiting room is small, and we tend to get more people towards the Holidays.
Our community of volunteers and community service workers gives its best to serve the residents of the Mohave County.
Lives are changed in our environment of friendship, fellowship and hard work. Some have been here so long that they have become family.
No Income qualifications required!
All we require to register is a current Mohave County photo ID for anyone over the age of 18 or a birth certificate or school ID for anyone under 18. Plus a recent utility bill in your name to prove your address.