Arizona is one of the five worst states in our nation for food insecurity. This lack of consistent access to enough food is a problem that 2 million Arizonians are faced with each year. Many are working poor, living on insufficient wages. We focus our attention on the homeless people who reside in a small part of the metropolitan Phoenix area known as northern Tempe, AZ. These people have become our Friends, thus our name became Friends Feed Friends.
IN THE BEGINNING:
It started back east. As college students, our founders, Mike and Jody Hanson served the poor in North Carolina. When they came home to Arizona friends told them of a small Bible Study group of homeless people that were meeting in a park in Tempe. Intrigued, Mike and his wife got involved. Their passion for the hearts of the poor and homeless grew into a mission to provide meals for them in that park. Supported by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (LCMC) of Fountain Hills, AZ, and others around the valley Friends Feed Friends began serving meals in 2009. It started with just 25-30 people on a weekly basis. It was a real Lutheran pot luck, outside.
Hunger statistics provided from the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance website, 2018.
Friends Feed Friends is a corporation, with a 501(c)(3) designation. We are a group of people equipped with a passion and desire to provide a meal and friendship to our homeless friends in Moeur Park in Tempe. Our desire is that they will see Christ in us.
We do this by:
Serving a quality meal
Building loving relationships with our friends
Getting to know them and allowing them to know us
Providing Bibles and devotionals
Helping with personal care needs when possible
Praying with them
Seeking out others to join us in our ministry
Friends Feed Friends
15482 East Telegraph Dr.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268