Yavapai County Assistance Programs.

Charities and non-profits that provide food

A few places and groups to turn to for food and groceries are as follows.

Central Arizona Food Bank (928-634-7447) is an all volunteer, community based, charity organization that is strongly dedicated to dispense emergency groceries and foods to those people who need help. The aid may in fact be ongoing until the individuals once again becomes self-sufficient over the long term. They are located in Cottonwood.

Another option is the Chino Valley Food Bank. Phone 928-636-8478. This is also an all volunteer group that distributes free food to those in need.

Additional non-profit centers help the needy with free food and meals. Click here for additional locations.

Organizations that provide crisis help

The Prescott Arizona based CATHOLIC CHARITIES COMMUNITY SERVICES can provide assistance to people across Yavapai County. This non-profit may be able to provide assistance with bills, housing expenses and other aid to vulnerable children, individuals and families at risk. They can support people in a crisis situation regardless of their race, ethnicity or religious affiliation. 928-778-2531. Or read more on Catholic Charity programs.

Cornucopia Community Advocates (phone 928-284-3284) is a great source of information. They provide and conduct community needs, assessment studies and they form strong partnerships with relevant local charities and aid organizations to provide help and resources for those people at the poverty level or in great need of financial assistance.

Old Town Mission, which is located in Cottonwood Arizona (phone (928) 634-7869) offers aid, including emergency Food/Gasoline Vouchers, Travelers Assistance and free school supplies. They also run a thrift store and pantry for clothing and food.





While more limited, the charity may also offer emergency help for bills and rent, free eye glasses, and also Medical Prescription Assistance. A wide range of services are offered for the low income in Cottonwood and Prescott area. More details on programs from Old Town Mission.

The Salvation Army also has a branch in Prescott that can serve residents of all of Yavapai County Arizona. Dial (928) 778-9150. They run some homeless prevention programs, and offer motel vouchers. In addition the non-profit can provide emergency funds for paying utility and energy bills, free food, access to a thrift store, counseling, and other support.

Several other programs and resources are available from the Yavapai Arizona Salvation Army. A food pantry can help feed children and senior citizens. Qualified, lower income families can also receive self-sufficiency and case management services, including job training and related services. Contact the non-profit for more details on these and other assistance programs. Read Salvation Army Prescott Arizona programs.

If you are facing eviction, or anticipate needing help paying rent in the future, find information on additional places to call for Yavapai County rent assistance.

Free low income legal assistance programs

If you have a civil legal case, call the non-profit attorneys at Community Legal Services, Inc. Dial 928-445-9240. This firm provides high-quality, free legal advice and consultations, legal assistance and/or direct representation in certain civil matters. For example, get legal help for foreclosures, consumer debt issues, unemployment, and more. The programs are aimed at indigent, unemployed and low-income individuals and families who are residing in Prescott and Yavapai County. Click here to learn more.





Help for bills and expenses in Yavapai

The community action agency, Northern Arizona Council of Government, offers several programs. Some of their resources are noted below.

  • Case management - Work with a counselor. As you go through the process, you may be able to receive money for paying the following expenses. Food, Auto Repairs, Rent or Mortgage payment, clothing, Moving Costs.
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - Help for utility bills, and money to prevent a disconnection of service.
  • Rent or Mortgage assistance - Receive a grant to make a rent or mortgage payment, if the alternative is homelessness. Click here to learn more on Arizona mortgage programs.
  • Appliances - Get new, or repair appliances, from the Utility Replacement, Repair and Deposit Program (URRD). This assistance program repairs or replaces refrigerators, cook stoves, heaters and furnaces, and water heaters for low to moderate income households who are in an emergency or crisis situation.
  • Referrals are available. Get information on Yavapai based agencies, food pantries,  loan or financial aid programs for expenses such as security deposits, and other support.
  • Weatherization assistance - Low income, elderly, and disabled may be eligible for free energy saving improvements to their residence. Including water heater or refrigerator  repair or replacement, extra insulation, window repair, roof work, or other home improvements.

Call the Northern Arizona Council of Government at (928) 774-1895. Read more.




The Coalition for Compassion and Justice is another Yavapai Arizona community organization that is strongly committed to meeting immediate needs. The non-profit provides meals through Open Door from 9 to 1 Tuesday through Friday. They also operate a pantry for take home food and serve as a distribution center for St. Mary's Commodity boxes. The Coalition will also provide clothing through the Thrift Shop and Warm for Winter in October. Call them at 928-445-8382.

Free or low cost health care

Call the COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OF YAVAPAI / PRESCOTT FREE CLINIC. The health care facility provides low income, people with limited or no health insurance, and other qualified individuals with health care services and other support. Call the agency at 928-583-1000.


By Jon McNamara

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