"The Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank (AFFCB) is a faith-based ministry providing services to families/individuals in the West Valley that are poor or facing crisis. Our mission is to minister to their needs with food, clothing, and faith-based service."
The Grand Canyon Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, USA began the Ministry to the Rural Poor. Carlos Gutierrez began a very small scale Food-For-The-Needy operation out of personal vehicles. This initial mission effort focused its work in the Goodyear-Avondale area distributing food to refugees, migrant workers, the homeless, and the poor. An old Luke AFB War World II barracks building on 2nd & Harrison St. became a permanent location for food bank operations. A clothing store was soon added and the facility became known as the Agua Fria Food and Clothing Bank.
Maricopa County offered a larger and more modern building for the use by AFFB. This building remains today 405 E. Harrison Dr. in Avondale as the current location for the Food and Clothing Bank. Also in 1996, AFFCB entered into an informal partnership with the Westside Food Bank, which permitted Agua Fria to receive a wider selection of government and donated food items.
The Grand Canyon Presbytery called Reverend Renato Alvarez, an ordained Presbyterian Pastor as the full time director of the AFFCB. Programs and services for those in need soon expanded into worship communities among Latinos, pastoral care for families, showers for the homeless, food and baby care items for infants, Thanksgiving and Christmas food packages, and school uniforms.
As the operation increased its scope of service and activities, AFFCB incorporated as a Non-profit 501-(c) 3.
Opened another Food and Clothing Bank location in Tonopah, Arizona thus expanding its services into Tonopah Valley, which is a rural area of more than 6,000 people.
The Board of Directors appointed Anthony Amezquita as Interim Director.
Leanne Leonard is hired as Executive Director by the Board of Directors.