In 2018, Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap project estimated that 14% of Pima County’s residents and 15% of Santa Cruz County’s residents were living with food insecurity.  Food insecure households lack access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.

With the advent of COVID-19, that number has increased dramatically and more families in our communities are having to choose between food and other basic needs.

The University of Arizona Eller College of Management, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, is pleased to present an in-depth, moderated discussion on food insecurity in southern Arizona.  Presenters will discuss food insecurity from multiple perspectives, including current economic research at the local and state level, the underlying structural and systemic causes of food insecurity, and the unique challenges of fresh produce distribution during the pandemic.


Dr. George Hammond, Economic and Business Research Center Director, Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona


  • Jennifer L. Pullen, Senior Research Economist, Eller College of Management, The University of Arizona
  • Michael McDonald, CEO, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
  • Jaime Chamberlain, President, Chamberlain Distributing

Click here to register for this moderated Zoom meeting.