Starting A Food Pantry

Thank you for your interest in supporting your community by providing food to those in need. Our member regional food banks serve nearly 1,200 agencies and pantries throughout Arizona. Collectively, this network distributed nearly 150 million pounds of food last year. If you are interested in starting a pantry or partnering in this network, below are key reources to get you in contact with the right regional food bank.  

Step 1 - Find your Regional Food Bank
To make sure we can get food to every county in the state, each regional food bank serves specific geographic regions. Visit Feeding America's Find a Food Bank Page to find your regional food bank.


Step 2 - Contact your Regional Food Bank
Follow the below links to get information for your regional food bank and contact them with your interest:
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance
United Food Bank
Yuma Community Food Bank - e-mail Samantha


Helpful tips
Our network of food banks are eager to support organizations interested in starting and maintaining a food pantry.  Here are some key things to consider when pursuing partnership:
  • Your organization must be an IRS certified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or faith-based equivalent
  • Your organization should be prepared to obtain all required business licensing appropriate for your city, county, or state
  • Your organization should be prepared to meet all necessary health and safety requirements designated by your city, county, or state
  • It is helpful to make sure you have sustainable funding to support your program. Check out our Workshops and Webinars page for helpful webinars and information. 

Questions? Please e-mail april@azfoodbanks.org with any questions.