Meals and food services, especially for individuals experiencing homelessness. Because services change frequently, please contact the providers for the most current information.
City of Tucson Resource Line
Phone: (520) 791-2540
The resource line is for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness to get connected to resources for medical, mental health, meals, outreach, and other resources offered in our community.
The Department of Economic Security (DES) Family Assistance Administration provides language assistance free of charge to those with limited English proficiency when assistance is needed for Nutrition Assistance, Cash Assistance and some Medical Assistance programs. Please contact your DES office or call 1-855-432-7587 for program assistance provided in your preferred language.
This online directory lists places that either offer or accept congregate meals, food boxes, food co-ops, food stamps, meals delivered, meals served, and WIC.
A list of Emergency Food Programs provided through food pantries and soup kitchens in Tucson, Arizona and surrounding cities.
Food Banks and Food Boxes:
Community Food Bank
3003 N. Country Club Rd.
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Community Food Bank provides emergency food boxes through the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), a federal program that supplements the diets of low-income individuals and families.
Primavera Homeless Intervention and Prevention
702 S. 6th Ave.
Primavera HIP provides food boxes distributed through the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona once a month to individuals and families, as well as occasional donated food items, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Eligibility: Provide your name, photo ID, some basic demographic information, and proof of residence.
- Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00AM – 12:30PM, no appointment needed
Main office: On the grounds of Christ the King Episcopal Church, 2820 W. Ina Road
Food Bank Hours: Mon – Sat: 8:00AM – 11:00AM | Tue: 5:00PM – 6:30PM
Eastside office:Located at New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail
Hours: Tue & Thu: 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Southside office:Located at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 101 W Irvington Rd, Unit 2A
Hours: Tue & Thu: 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Gospel Rescue Mission - Food Box
4550 S Palo Verde Road
Community Ministries is a place where Tucson-area residents in need can go for help 'making ends meet.' They connect families and individuals with community resources specific to their situation, and they offer various services and programs. It's best to call, since the website doesn't detail their food distribution services.
Campus Pantry - For University of Arizona students and staff
Check online for hours and distribution events. The goal of the UA Campus Pantry is to reduce food insecurity in our Wildcat Community.
Sonora Room, 1st floor of the SUMC
- Hours: Tue 2:00 – 6:00PM, Wed/Fri 11:00AM – 3:00 PM
338 W. University Blvd
Hours: Sun 3:00 – 4:00PM
Life in Christ Community Church
102 E. Palmdale St.
Hours: Tue & Thu 5:00 – 6:00PM, Sun 8:00 – 8:45AM
8302 E. Broadway Blvd.
Hours: Wed 5:00 – 6:30PM
2331 E Adams St
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00AM -12:00PM
Sharon SDA Church
955 N 10th Ave
Hours: Tue & Thu 11:00AM – 12:00PM (closed the first Tuesday of every month)
288 N Church Ave
Hours: Sun 10:00 –10:30AM (hot meal), Thu 10:00 –10:30AM (cold meal)
2450 E. Ft. Lowell
Hours: Mon 5:00 – 6:00PM (closed federal holidays)
Living Faith Christian Church (will be known as His Presence Church Arizona by October 2022)
4108 E. North St.
Grab and Go Meal Thu 2:30PM,
Food Boxes Thu 1-5PM (closed federal holidays) Photo ID and proof of address required
Grocery Rescue Items Tue 3-5PM
352 E. 25th Street
Hours: Every day 8:30 - 11:30AM, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
317 W 23rd St
Hours: Mon & Fri 7:30 – 9:00AM
2500 N. Stone Ave.
Hours: Mon & Thu 6:00 – 8:00PM, Sat 8:00 – 10:00AM
4431 E 22nd St
Hours: Thu & Sun 4:30 – 6:30PM
850 N 11th Ave
Hours: 2nd& 4th Sat at 11AM
Serving November – March with hot soup & hot cocoa available
- Caridad Community Kitchen, 845 N. Main Ave (along 2ndstreet), every day at 6:10PM
- Z Mansion, 288 N. Church (serving in Ash Alley, behind their building), every day at 6:35PM
- Santa Cruz Church, 1220 6thAve (parking lot), every day at 7PM
Closed December 24th & 25th
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