Food

All of USDA’s programs, including SNAP, WIC, and the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, have flexibilities and contingencies built-in to allow us to respond to on-the-ground realities and take action as directed by Congress.

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Emergency Food Assistance
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Formally known as the Food Stamp Program, SNAP provides food benefits, access to a healthy diet, and education on food preparation and nutrition. Benefits are provided on an electronic card (used like an ATM card) and can be used to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.
    • To apply, follow this link to go to the Arizona state eligibility portal for SNAP and other benefits: healthearizonaplus.gov.
    • You can also call their toll-free phone number Mon-Fri 7am-5pm: 1 (855) 432-7587.
    • If you need help with the application process, you can visit healthearizonaplus.gov, scroll down to Community Assistor, and click on Get Started. Enter your ZIP code to locate community assisters near you that can help you with the application process. Contact the community assistor’s office by telephone. In-person services may be unavailable or limited in manners that support social distancing.
  • Arizona Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – WIC provides nutrition education and breastfeeding support services, supplemental nutritious foods, and referrals to health and social services. Benefits are provided on an electronic card (used like an ATM card) and can be used to be eligible food in authorized retail stores.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) – TEFAP provides both emergency food packages and hot meals at soup kitchens.
    • Participants can receive an emergency food package for their household at least once a month by visiting their local food pantry. The food inside these packages does not require refrigeration.
    • A nutritious, hot meal is provided at least once a day at a nutrition site, soup kitchen, senior center, or other group setting.
    • To apply, visit your local distribution site. Bring photo ID or a document that reflects your current address. If you are experiencing homelessness, please be sure to know the cross-streets or location where you stay at night.

Food and Meals for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities
  • Arizona Commodity Senior Food Program (CSFP) – CSFP provides food packages to adults age 60 and older.
    • To apply, visit your local distribution site. Bring photo ID or a document that reflects your current address.
    • If you are home-bound, call your local distribution site for alternative ways to apply for the program. Home-delivery may also be available.
  • Congregate Meals – A congregate meal is a nutritious hot meal provided at least once a day at a nutrition site, senior center or other group setting.
    • For more information, contact your local Area Agency on Aging.
    • Please call ahead to confirm meals are still being offered or to arrange pick-up if available.
  • Home-Delivered Meals – The home-delivered meal program provides a nutritious meal to individuals at their residence.

Additional Food Assistance

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