Improve Lives | Inspire Futures
USDA Food Boxes
Bread and Bakery Items
IMPACT Bag of Pantry Items
Shopping Shelf Extras
Fresh Produce and Dairy
Toiletries and Household Items
Frozen Packages of Meat
Special Seasonal Bonus Events
OUR FOOD BANK
How It Operates
Families and individuals income qualify and enroll.
One large distribution of groceries and toiletries is given out each month.
People can get food anytime during each month.
Extra bread and recently expired items are available daily to ensure homeless individuals and others have daily access to additional food.
Baby food and formula is always available.
Struggling families needing more food assistance meet with a case worker for additional support and we make sure they have access to other food programs, if they qualify, such as SNAP and WIC.
Most importantly, we see what we can do to help stressed households move to self-sufficiency through short term emergency aid, employment opportunities, job skills training, and workshops.
OUR FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS
Greet our clients and distribute groceries at the customer service counter
Work in the warehouse accepting donations: weighing, sorting, and inspecting food
Pick up donated food each morning from our corporate grocery partners
Wrap bread and repackage bulk food
Help out at special event food drives
OUR FOOD BANK PARTNERS
Markets, grocery stores, and bakeries that donate surplus food weekly
Clubs and businesses that sponsor our IMPACT Bags
Businesses, organizations, clubs, and HOAs that hold community food drives for us
Agencies who fund a share of our Food Bank expenses
Community members who donate food individually, and with their friends and neighbors
Groups who come in to sort and date non-perishable food after special events
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, United Food Bank, USDA and DES provide government food access
We're doing something different this year to cut down on food storage costs and challenges.
Each month several pantry items are given to every household as a bonus to ensure they have extra food on hand when things are tight. These staples are recommended by the USDA. Peanut butter, cereal, and canned meat ensure children and older adults can eat easily, if and when they cannot cook for themselves. Other items such as rice and pasta create a filling meal when added to just a few more ingredients.
Our volunteers pack more than 460 bags per month to meet our current demand! That's nearly 4000 pounds of food, just in the IMPACT Bag alone! We give out an additional 1300 pounds of pantry good each month AND thousands of pounds of fresh produce, dairy, and meat!
We are looking for social clubs and businesses
to partner with us by selecting one item
to sponsor for just one month this year.
Please consider learning more,
and join us in our mission to
battle hunger, and
improve lives and inspire futures!
Become an IMPACT Bag Sponsor This Year!
Click the tab below for more
information and to sign up.
The Town of Oro Valley kicked off our IMPACT Bag Sponsorship program by donating more than 500 cans of TUNA for July's distribution! Thank you to all who participated!
Thank you to
OUR YEAR ROUND FOOD BANK PARTNERS
More Than Food
We share nutritional information in our Food Bank lobby, along with monthly recipes of meals that can be made with the items distributed, children's activity sheets, and other tips for stretching food budgets and maintaining good health. We've added links to some of our resources on the right, so you can see samples and learn tips to improving your own health and stretching your family budget as well.
Here you will find a page with links to a variety of USDA sites about food requirements for people of all stages of life, recipes, tips to feeding and raising children and teens, dealing with picky eaters, serving balanced well rounded meals, and tips for shopping smart for budgets and good health.
Above are printable samples of the types of games and flyers we share with clients in the Food Bank.
Above, your child can play fun online video style games with topics related to food and farming.
Check out new healthy
and tasty recipes above.
Learn interesting info about Nutrition Labels