Beyond your local food bank and the programs they offer, there are a number of nutrition assistance programs in Arizona you and your family may qualify for. Please take advantage of all programs you may qualify for to ensure you and your family have adequate amounts of high-quality, nutritious food to eat.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Arizona Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) is a federally funded program providing residents with nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals. WIC serves pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and infants and children under age five.
If you are pregnant, have children under age five, and are struggling to put enough healthy food on the table, you should apply for WIC benefits
National School Breakfast & Lunch Programs
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federal program that provides nutritious meals to all school children at a no or minimal cost. Families may apply for the programs by submitting a Household Income Application, available at the school the child attends.
Many school districts are moving towards an online application for School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Click here to see if you district is participating--and if so--to apply online.
If you do not see your school district listed, speak with the Food Service Director at your child's school about using this online application.
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, meeting Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children aged 18 and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.
FIND SFSP LOCATIONS IN ARIZONA: Click here to find a SFSP location near you
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
The Arizona Commodity Supplemental Foods Program (CSFP) (also called Food Plus) is a federal food distribution program. The participants are pregnant, breast-feeding, and postpartum women, children, and elderly persons who meet income and residence guidelines. Participants receive a special CSFP food package as well as nutrition education for the future.
IS CSFP RIGHT FOR ME?
to locate the CSFP office nearest you.
Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is funded and administered at the federal level by the USDA. CACFP provides funding to non-residential child and adult care facilities (such as day-care centers), emergency shelters, eligible after school programs, and family day care providers who serve nutritious meals and snacks.
When selecting a daycare center, choosing one that participates in CACFP ensures your child will receive balanced and nutritious food from a certified CACFP provider.
Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) is a federal program providing commodity foods to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations and in the State of Oklahoma. Given Arizona's large Native American population, FDPIR plays an important role in addressing hunger issues on our reservations.
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
For eligibility and application information, contact your Distributing Agency contact for your Indian Tribal Organization (ITO)
Meals On Wheels
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Territories. Some programs serve meals at congregate locations like senior centers, while others deliver meals directly to home-bound seniors, and many provide both services.
IS THERE A MEALS ON WHEELS NEAR ME?
Learn more about qualifications and locate a Meals On Wheels program location near you
Bountiful Baskets is a grass roots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative. As a group, we purchase items at deep discounts, typically a variety of high-quality seasonal produce. Items are then distributed evenly among participants and locations in cities and towns throughout Arizona. Volunteers are also sought, as without volunteers Bountiful Baskets wouldn’t happen.
WHERE DO I GO AND WHAT KINDS OF BASKETS ARE AVAILABLE? Find a location near you
and see what's currently being offered