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Pinal County free food banks.

Free food and hot meals can be obtained from Pinal County Arizona pantries near you, food banks, soup kitchens and charity organizations. A number of churches as well as charities also offer hot meals or groceries to the needy. Find where to call for assistance, including information on government food programs, clothing, holiday meals, and other social services. As there are also free Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas food baskets in Pinal County. Or find a referral number at the bottom of the page.

Most of the assistance provided by the food pantries in Pinal County is non-monetary, so therefore it is not financial aid to pay bills or rent. Resources provided instead include hot meals, free food, perishable items, clothing, and personal hygiene type items. Immigrants and Spanish speakers can get help too. The support is short term in nature, but most of the centers can refer people to government programs or local non-profits in the region which can provide longer term cash assistance or applications to SNAP food stamps; however that is not their primary service.

If a food pantry does have money for paying bills, the funds available will be limited. The focus instead is always on preventing hunger in the community. Strict criteria will need to be met by all applicants. Call one or more of the food pantries in Pinal County below for help.

Copper Basin Food Pantry
Address is - 1115 Industrial Rd.
Kearny, Arizona 85237
Phone number - (520) 363-7335
The food pantry provides emergency food boxes, groceries, and meals to families in the region who need help.

Gila Community Food Bank, Inc.
Location of food bank - 317 Hackney Ave
Globe, AZ 85501
Location - (928) 425-3639

 

 

 

 

Lord's Pantry at First UMC of Eloy
Food pantry address - 605 N Santa Cruz Ave
Eloy, Arizona 85131
Phone - (520) 466-3445
Regardless of background, this pantry can provide services and resources to the needy and low income in the Pinal County community. Call or stop by for food boxes, cereals, vegetables, and other emergency aid.

Community Action Human Resources Agency
Address - 311 N Main St.
Eloy, AZ 85131
(520) 466-1112
In addition to an onsite food pantry and clothing closet, various other social programs are administered. They include case management, referrals, and help in applying for state of Arizona and federal government assistance programs, such as food stamps or housing.

Arizona Rise and Dream Foundation
The address is 18521 E Queen Creek Rd, Ste 105 PMB 208
Queen Creek, AZ 85142-5867
A free food bank as well as clothing closet are on site. Get groceries, fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, milk and more. Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Christmas meals and toys may be offered too. There are also free backpacks and school supplies for students in the Higley School District.

East Mesa Baptist Church serves as the East Mesa Food Bank Ministry
Location is 752 S Ellsworth Rd
Mesa, AZ 85208-2311
(480) 986-9827
In addition to free emergency food in Pinal County, there are also free personal hygiene as well as feminine products for people, senior moms, and even immigrants in need. Services are in Spanish as well as English.

 

 

 

 

Mountain View Church
Main address is 4815 W Hunt Hwy
Queen Creek Arizona 85142
Phone - 480-415-9814
Free groceries include pasta, Cooking Oil, Juice, Oatmeal, Dried macaroni, Peanut Butter, bread, and more.

Food Opportunity Resources Maricopa
19428 Maricopa Rd
Maricopa, AZ 85139-2850
(520) 251-0226
Government assistance, such as SNAP food stamps or USDA Commodities, are passed out to low income families. There are also free Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes or school supplies as well as snacks for kids during the summer.

Santa Cruz Valley Food Pantry (CAHRA)
Food bank and soup kitchen is at 109 N Sunshine Blvd
Eloy AZ 85131
For hours, dial 520-466-1112
Clients range from the elderly to immigrants, migrant workers, and Spanish/non-English speakers as well.

RE:STORE Non Profit
21803 S Ellsworth Rd, Ste 102
Queen Creek AZ 85142
480-229-7356

Caring Hands of Pinal County
Main address is 139 W 1st Street
Casa Grande Arizona 85122
Phone - 520-840-4458
A multi-faced social service agency. Referrals, free items such as food or clothes, financial aid, diapers and other goods may be offered, including in Spanish. The pantry has items like shelf-stable foods, canned meats, vegetables, cereal, and other free groceries.

FBC Stanfield Food Pantry
615 S. Stanfield Rd.
Stanfield AZ 85172
520-450-7985

Gold Canyon United Methodist Church
8330 E Sunrise Sky Dr
Gold Canyon, AZ 85118-2991
(480) 982-6789
Provides food boxes (canned groceries) as well as some fruits, dairy, or vegetables. There may also be free personal hygiene items, paper goods, soap, and pet food for people in need.

Hope International Ministry Food Pantry
Address is 1280 N Arizona Blvd
Coolidge, Arizona 85128-3206
(520) 233-6699
Provides emergency food boxes and offers referrals to available community resources. Spanish speakers and immigrants can get referrals too.

 

 

 

The Salvation Army Casa Grande Corps and Pinal County
A number of resources and assistance programs are run. Senior citizens can also be referred to a Meals on Wheels service in Pina County. Or get free Thanksgiving turkey dinners, Christmas meals, and other hunger prevention from the pantry or soup kitchen. One location is at 1333 N Center Ave, Casa Grande, Arizona 85122. Or call (520) 421-4480. Or find other free food assistance from Pinal County Salvation Army.

The Warehouse Food Pantry
356 W Coolidge Ave
Coolidge, AZ 85128
Dial (520) 630-5770 for intake
Provides food boxes to veterans and their families, seniors, and other people in need in Pinal County and surrounding areas.

Florence Baptist Church
30 N Willow St
Florence Arizona 85132
Telephone number is 520-868-1728

Christ the Victor Lutheran
6173 E. Arizona Farms Rd.
Florence AZ 85132

Open Hands Outreach Program
356 W Coolidge Ave
Coolidge, Arizona 85128
(520) 630-5770
Veterans are the focus of the non-profit. Counseling, shelter, assistance with SNAP food stamps, housing and other government applications. Veteran spouses and their families in Pinal County can also get help.

Paz de Cristo Community Center
Location is 424 W Broadway Rd
Mesa, AZ 85210-1208
Call (480) 464-2370
The homeless, immigrants, and poor can get help. Free hot meals, food, and even shower facilities for people who are homeless. Also provides food boxes, free clothing, holiday meals, and limited financial assistance in Pinal County. There may be resources for prescription expenses, gift cards for certain stuff, and other items.

Impact of Southern Arizona
3535 E Hawser St
Catalina, Arizona 85739-8898
Telephone number is (520) 825-0009
A regional community action agency - non-profit. Financial aid, jobs, grants are combined with food in Pinal County. Or apply for WIC or SNAP.

 

 

 

 

Society of St Vincent de Paul in Casa Grande
Free food pantry and clothing bank is at Location is 405 E 2nd St.
Casa Grande Arizona 85122
520-836-2009
The free food pantry may have laundry detergent, canned or fresh groceries, snacks, sauces, meat, soap, and more. There is also financial help, Senior Brown Bags and other food. More on SVDP Pinal County assistance programs.

Dorothy Powell Senior Center
Address is 405 E 6th St
Casa Grande AZ 85122
Telephone number is 520-421-8760
Assistance programs include Free Meals on Wheels, congregate meals, and holiday help. There is also the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), field trips, Ensure for the elderly, and other aid. Seniors, the disabled and elderly in Pinal County can get help.

Gila River Indian Community Nutrition Assistance Program
300 S Ocotillo Rd
Sacaton AZ 85147
520-562-9233
Native Americans can get help.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church - Mesa Food Pantry
Address is 142 N Date St.
Mesa, AZ 85201-6419
Dial (480) 654-4539
People in need in Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Tempe can turn to this free food pantry for assistance.

Reach Out Food Bank
575 N Idaho Rd Ste 701
Apache Junction, Arizona 85119
Phone number - (480) 983-2995

Saint James the Apostle Catholic Church
Address is 401 W Wilson Ave.
Coolidge, AZ 85228
Dial (520) 723-3063 to reach the church for food pantry hours.

The Salvation Army - Apache Junction
605 E Broadway Ave
Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Phone number - (480) 982-4110
Just a sampling of the services offered include a food bank, Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, gifts, groceries, and meals. Rarely they may have some funds for basic needs such as rent or energy bills.

CAHRA Food Programs
311 N Main St.
Eloy, Arizona 85131
Call (520) 466-1112
Surplus USDA commodities are offered, as well referrals to hot meals.

Tri-Community Food Bank and Thrift Shop
108 Redwood Dr.
Mammoth, AZ 85618
(520) 487-2010
Thrift store for personal hygiene items and low cost goods, such as furniture. Also runs a food bank for Pinal County families.

Casa Grande Food Bank
The non-profit is at 235 East 4th Street
Casa Grande, Arizona 85122
Phone: (520) 836-1347

 

 

 

 

Marana Community Food Pantry
Address: 11734 West Grier Road,
Marana, AZ 85653
For hours, dial (520) 682-3001
Free emergency bags of groceries are available for the low income, including rice, meat, and maybe even baby formula.

Additional free food in Pinal County

Many other free, emergency food pantries and soup kitchens are in Pinal County. Not only that, but case workers can help residents apply for everything from SNAP food stamps to free school lunches for their children. Call 480.926.4897 or 602-242-3663 for details.

 

By Jon McNamara

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