Students of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arizona volunteer at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona as part of their civic engagement.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has been named a Good Food Organization in the international network of Community Food Centres Canada.

The local food bank is among a handful in the United States to receive the designation, which highlights its commitment to offer food programs in health, empowerment and respect, according to a news release from the nonprofit.

The network of about 100 Good Food Organizations tackles problems of poor health, inequality, hunger and poverty. The program is expanding beyond Canada to offer food banks resources and ways to work with other agencies on priorities.

The Good Foods Organization initiative was launched in 2014 to bring together groups that are doing important work on the grassroots level. Community Food Centres Canada works to increase access to healthy food to those in need, build food skills, and provide education and engagement opportunities. There are currently eight established or developing Community Food Centres across Canada.

Community Food Centres Canada said the local food bank was selected based on the work that it does including serving people through dozens of food programs, including emergency relief, workshops, community gardening, culinary and leadership training, farmers’ cooperatives, and grants to individuals, groups and entrepreneurs.