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We feed the hungry and refer them to other social services. We are an enabled agency of United Food Bank (UFB) and give out emergency food to provide short-term assistance to families-in-need. These families are your neighbors, your co-workers, perhaps even another family member. Our records are confidential.

Arizona ranks among one of the top five worst in the United States when it comes to child and senior food insecurity. If you live within our service area and meet the eligibility requirements, we can give you a variety of food options thanks to weekly donations from our large local grocers, the USDA Federal TEFAP – The Emergency Food Assistance Program – and donations from individuals, businesses, churches and events. Donated items may vary but we strive to give each family member in your home a minimum of 25 pounds of food. Assistance is available once every calendar month during the following food distribution hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

2:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Closed all state and federal holidays.

Unlike state assistance programs that stop once your income tops 135% of the federal poverty level, we can help households at or below 185%. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Live in Our Service Area
    BOUNDARIES – North: McDowell Road; South: Ocotillo Road; East: Queen Valley Road; West: Ellsworth Road. If you live outside our official service area, please call 1-877-211-8661 or log onto www.unitedfoodbank.org to find your food bank location.
  2. Present Valid ID – Provide ID, a copy or photo of IDs for any adult(s) residing in the home over the age of 18, along with the names, and birth dates of all minor children who are receiving food, if applicable.
  3. Acceptable Proof of Residency Examples CURRENT electric, TV/internet, trash, water bill or rent receipt with the following information: your name, address, name of landlord and their phone number. Recent mail from DES, State of Arizona, DMV, or other federal government entity confirming address and sent through the U.S. Postal Service in the last 30 days. Other identification forms could be a voter registration or a military ID.

PROXY – Proxy letters are required for someone to pick up food for an incapacitated client. The letter must include the number of adults and children living in the household and indicating the following:

  • gives permission to pick up your food
  • includes your complete address
  • confirms the names and ages of those in the home
  • copy of picture identification
  • a copy of a utility bill or documentation showing person’s name and address, i.e. driver’s license
  • is signed and dated by you

COMMENTS FROM OUR CLIENTS

A cart of groceries once a month for a family of four typically weighs about 100 pounds and includes nonperishables, fresh produce, breads and other items for approximately 12 meals for the household.

The Commodities Senior Food Program is held on the third Thursday of each month from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the AJ Food Bank. This program, a partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank (602) 242-FOOD (3663) https://www.firstfoodbank.org/ , provides area seniors with an extra monthly food distribution in a program just for them. You still must comply with the requirements above and be 60 years of age or older. (For details on Proxy letters for an incapacitated client see REQUIREMENTS on this page.)

This program is CURRENTLY FULL statewide.  To get on the waiting list, you must come to the food bank during the third Thursday between 7:30 AM and 11:30 AM to fill out an application. Unlike our other monthly food program, clients who do not come for CSFP for two consecutive months are removed from the roster.  So, get on the waiting list ASAP.

For other Senior resources:

  • AJ Multi-Generational Center: 480-474-5260 http://www.ajcity.net/480/Senior-Services
  • Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens: (800) 293-9393 or (520) 836-2758 https://www.pgcsc.org/
    • Meal Program: https://pgcsc.org/service-locator/meal-programs.html

 

PLEASE VOLUNTEER

We need adult volunteers from our client roster now more than ever. We welcome volunteers willing to give as little as one shift a month to one a week – about 3.5 hours per shift. The benefits to you are many – The experience is fun, it’s healthy both physically and mentally, it’s social and rewarding.

If you can give back, we can sure use your help. Click here for volunteer information.

Longtime AJ Food Bank Volunteer Amy Combs helps a CSFP client go through a box of food given monthly to qualifying senior households – 60+ years of age.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave, S.W., Washington, D.C 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.