Giving Back

All of us at Arizona Culinary Institute believe good food has the power to change lives for the better. Whether it’s fighting hunger, raising funds or simply bringing people together, few things are more fundamental or communal than food. With that philosophy in mind, ACI is proud to take part in projects that strengthen our community and its people.

Being a good culinarian means understanding the value of food. As a culinary school, we produce a lot of it, and we want to make sure none of it goes to waste. That’s why we donate 300 — 500 lbs. of food each week to Waste Not, a local organization that collects and delivers food to hungry families.

ACI is also proud to do its part by holding annual food drives and semi annual bake sales to feed the hungry and donate proceeds to charities close to ACI . We firmly believe it is important to use our culinary talents to support our community, and we’re pleased to provide this opportunity to our students.

For more information on our charity work in the community, please contact us at 1-866-294-CHEF. or email us at

Arizona Culinary Institute charities of choice:

Arizona Culinary Institute donates all of its un-used food on a weekly basis to the Wastenot organization.
Arizona Culinary Institute Employees and Students hold an annual holiday food drive to help out with the needs of the community.

Arizona Culinary Institutes Pastry Classes host a Holiday Bake Sale annually that is open to the public with all proceeds going to the No Kid Hungry Charity.

Ironwood Cancer and Research Centers would like to thank the Arizona Culinary Institute for hosting monthly food demonstrations for our cancer patients as well as other members of the community.  Nutrition is a vital role in the cancer recovery process as well maintaining a healthy lifestyle post treatment. The class at the Arizona Culinary Institute provides our patients , education, socialization, and amazing food to promote a healthy living during any phase of the cancer process.  Ironwood is so grateful to have this opportunity to partner with the Arizona Culinary Institute to provide this wonderful and delicious event to the community.

Arizona Culinary Institute hosts 8 free cooking classes a year to veterans who have just returned from service teaching them the basic cooking skills. Arizona Culinary Institute would like to thank the organizations who have helped in some way AND/OR provided participants for the program:

  • Honor House
  • S. Army Wounded Warrior Program
  • Arizona Coalition for Military Families
  • Arizona Department of Veteran Services
  • The Veterans Directory