AJ Food Bank Takes on Senior Food Program
Because it is our mission, is simply the reason food bank leaders decided recently to pick up the Commodities Senior Food Program for our area. And if it weren’t for longtime Apache Junction Food Bank activist and volunteer Amy Combs, we may not have been able to assume the responsibility without a hitch.
“Recently Pinal County shifted accountability of this program from WIC to DES,” Amy explained. “We were then asked to assume total responsibility for the program for our area. As it aligns with the mission of the food bank, I didn’t hesitate to step up and accept the lead role overseeing the program. Our volunteer group grew to fill the expanded duties – this includes taking boxes out to the seniors’ cars, handling new client sign-ups, database management, inventory and storage of the commodities.”
The general guidelines of the program are listed below. It is available to eligible seniors the third Thursday of every month. This program, coupled with the TEFAP program regularly offered monthly through the food bank, means seniors can receive food supplies twice a month from our nonprofit.
Amy, who is a past board member, secretary, longtime volunteer and the leader of CSFP liaison for more than two years, said this segment of locals is “not only our clients, but they are also our friends.”
She recognized dedicated volunteers David Combs, Tanner Combs, Jim Coffey, Tyler Hill, Linda Miller and Jim Occhino for their help in making the program a successful part of our mission.
Longtime AJFB Activist Amy Combs, right, and AJFB Volunteer Jim Coffey help a local resident register for the once-monthly Commodities Senior Food Program. This program, coupled with the TEFAP program regularly offered monthly through the food bank, means seniors can receive food supplies twice a month from our nonprofit.
Commodity Senior Food Program at the AJ Food Bank
Federally funded program to improve the health of seniors.
- Once a month – Third Thursday
- 7-11:30 a.m.
- Must be 60 years of age or older
- Must show photo ID and proof of residency (such as a RECENT utility bill, voter registration, rent receipt, mail from a government agency)
- 185% of federal poverty level
HH Size Monthly Income
Sign up at the AJFB in person beginning at 7 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month.
www.firstfoodbank.org/get-help/ for more information.