Here are resources for metro Phoenix and Arizona families who need help with food, health care, shelter or emergency assistance, or those who want to donate time or money.
- Desert Mission Food Bank, 9229 N. Fourth St., Phoenix. Serves north Phoenix and Anthem. Distributes emergency food boxes, operates a food market for low-income families and runs a program providing food to children; pregnant, postpartum or nursing woman; and people 60 years and older who are income eligible. 602-870-6062, desertmission.com.
- St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, 3131 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. Has three locations in the Valley and one in Flagstaff. The agency offers a variety of services, depending on the location, including emergency food boxes and distribution of surplus food. Call their hotline to find the closest location. 602-242-3663, firstfoodbank.org.
- United Food Bank. Distributes bulk food to partner agencies and at-risk children. The agency serves the southeast Valley, parts of Gila, Apache, Navajo and Pinal counties and all of the San Carlos Apache Reservation. A list of their partner agencies’ locations can be found on their website. 480-926-4897, unitedfoodbank.org.
- Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Road, Tucson. Distributes food boxes, donates food to soup kitchens in the Tucson area, distributes food in a monthly program for low-income mothers, children and the elderly, and runs a demonstration garden that supplies produce sold at farmers markets. The agency serves Pima, Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties. 520-622-0525, toll-free 1-800-950-8681; communityfoodbank.org.
- Yuma Community Food Bank, 2404 E. 24th St., Yuma. Serves the working poor, including single parents, two-parent working families and the elderly on fixed income. It serves Yuma County through 15 emergency and supplemental food programs and support to more than 50 non-profit agencies. 928-343-1243, yumafoodbank.org.
- Nutrition Assistance. Aimed at helping low-income people buy nutritious foods. Benefits depend on the size of a household, income and other factors. Information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-855-777-8590, des.az.gov.
More information: For complete list of state food agencies and services, go to azfoodbanks.org.
- Maricopa County Human Services Department Community Services Commission. 234 N. Central Ave., Suite 3000, Phoenix. Assists low-income families with basic needs through financial assistance, information, referral, education and other social services. Services include utility deposit payment assistance, mortgage payment assistance to prevent eviction or foreclosure, and rent payment assistance to prevent eviction. Home weatherization and repair or replacement of utility-related appliances are also available to eligible households. 602-262-4520, www.hsd.maricopa.gov.
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 420 W. Watkins Road, Phoenix. Provides a wide range of emergency assistance. There are programs to help pay bills, as well as rent assistance and food boxes. 602-625-5460, www.stvincentdepaul.net.
- Salvation Army Phoenix Social Services Emergency Assistance, 2702 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Provides financial assistance for eligible recipients. Assistance includes rent payment assistance, utility assistance, food boxes, USDA food bags and back-to-school clothing. 602-267-4122, phoenixcitadel.com.
- Community Information and Referral, 2404 E. 24th St., Yuma. A searchable online database of services that are available to people across the state. www.cir.org/firstcall-search.html.
- Central Arizona Shelter Services, 230 S. 12th Ave., Phoenix. Runs the largest shelter service in the state. 602-256-6945, cassaz.org.
- HomeBase Youth Services, 931 E. Devonshire Ave., Phoenix. Provides transitional housing and services to homeless youths age 18-24. 602-263-7773, hbys.org.
- Ozanam Manor Transitional Shelter, 1730 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Serves disabled adults and those older than 50. 602.850.6900, stvincentdepaul.net.
- Save the Family, 450 W. Fourth Place, Mesa. Provides transitional housing for adults and families referred from other agencies at 80 sites, primarily in the East Valley. 480-898-0228, savethefamily.org.
- Sojourner Center, 2330 E. Fillmore St., Phoenix. The largest domestic-violence shelter in the country has three campuses, 280 beds and 15 transitional apartments. 602-244-0089, sojournercenter.org.
- UMOM New Day Centers, 3320 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Services include emergency shelter, transitional shelter and the Watkins Basic Needs Shelter. 602-595-8700 for family housing, 602-759-5356 for individuals seeking shelter, or umom.org.
More information: Call the CONTACS Shelter Hotline for shelter services and availability: 602-263-8900 or 1-800-799-7739.
- Neighborhood Christian Clinic. Walk-in medical care at $30 a visit, dental care at $40 a visit. 602-258-6008, www.thechristianclinic.org.
- Mission of Mercy. Free mobile medical care services. 602 861-2233, www.amissionofmercy.org/Arizona.
- Maricopa County Health Care for the Homeless. Health-care services for homeless individuals and families. 602-372-2100, www.maricopa.gov.
If you know of or you are a representative of an agency or non-profit that provides these kinds of assistance to families in metro Phoenix and Arizona and you would like to be added to this list, please send information to firstname.lastname@example.org