The Coordinated Hunger Relief Program partners with United Food Bank, Community Food Bank, Yuma Community Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, St. Vincent De Paul Society, Association of Arizona Food Banks, Arizona Community Action Association and many other organizations.
DES places great value on the Department's relationships with partner organizations. DES cannot adequately support Arizonans who need help without the collaborative support of community and faith-based organizations.
Partners of the Coordinated Hunger Relief Program provide the following support:
Emergency Food Support
In 2014 state fiscal year, nearly 1,300 food banks, pantries and other food providing organizations offered "first line" defense against hunger in Arizona. The state's emergency food provider network continues to work tirelessly to respond to the growing needs of hungry people.
To find out how your organization can partner with the emergency food provider network, contact the Regional Food Bank in your area:
Food Bank Alliance
Agency Surplus Distribution
- Maricopa County (West of Central)
- Mohave County
- Navajo County (North of I-40)
- Coconino County
- Yavapai County
- Apache County (North I-40)
Community Food Bank
How to Become an Agency
- Pima County
- Cochise County
- Graham County
- Santa Cruz County
United Food Bank
Become a Partner Agency
- Maricopa County (East of Central)
- Gila County
- Navajo County (East I-40)
- Apache County (East I-40)
- Pinal County
There are various community and faith-based organizations partnering with DES to provide access and education for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to low-income seniors, families and individuals.
This network of partners helps communities to apply for Nutrition Assistance, submit required documents to DES, as well as help applicants understand and navigate through the eligibility process. Community partners help minimize the time applicants spend in a DES office. For more information on how to join the network, please visit the Wildfire (formerly ACAA) website.
Beyond food banks and Nutrition Assistance Benefits, there are other food assistance programs available throughout the state. They include, but are not limited to, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition Program; Commodity Senior Food Program (CSFP)/Food Plus; Food Co-operatives; School Breakfast and Lunch or Summer Food Programs through the Arizona Department of Education; and, the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program through the Department of Health Services. For information on these programs visit the Association of Arizona Food Banks.