USDA Hunger-Free Communities Planning and Assessment Grantee
Ajo, Arizona is one of the most remote, rural towns in the Southwest. It is 40 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. With high rates of poverty, unemployment, and infrastructure challenges, it is classified as a federal colonia. This organization’s assessment goals include: developing a clear understanding of hunger in the community rural region (extent, locus, and causes), understanding of the relation of hunger to key health issues in the community and rural region, understanding of the nutritional resources present and absent in the community and rural region and the extent to which the community makes use of them, and identifying sustainable strategies being implemented by other similar rural regions specifically to address hunger.