Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

3100 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix, AZ 85008

The Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired has been providing services for individuals since 1947. The ACBVI is committed to “enhancing the quality of life for people who are legally blind or otherwise visually impaired.”

Its state-of-the-art facility in Phoenix had humble beginnings. A group of individuals met in one another’s homes to resolve common challenges of living with blindness or visual impairment. The meetings evolved into support groups and their numbers swelled, leading to meetings in the basement of a church. With the help of the Lions Club, plans were made in 1965 to create a permanent facility.

Through dynamic leadership and with a vision to greatly expand services, the Center has become an invaluable resource to our community. Their services, which include assistive technology, counseling, social services, rehabilitation and mobility training are available to adults who are legally blind or visually impaired as well as to those who have a degenerative eye condition which may lead to visual impairment.

Waste NOT is proud to have been affiliated with ACBVI for more than 15 years, delivering food to its doors, providing over 80% of the donated food used at the facility. Each year over 1,800 men and women are served at the Center and, including home services, the number exceeds 3,000. States James May, President & CEO, "Without Waste NOT, we would not be able to sustain this program which helps meet the nutritional needs of a very vulnerable population."