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Accessing Nutritious Food in Times of Need.
Local food banks and sources of emergency food.
You can use a search engine: https://www.foodpantries.org to search for food banks throughout the country. In addition to the first food bank in the country, St. Mary's Food Bank, there are nearly 300 more food banks, food pantries in the State of Arizona. Foodpantries.org will help you find all those food banks. You can also search the Arizona Food Bank Network.
Sponsored by the Maricopa Assembly of God.
Food is distributed to those in need.
Distributions are typically the 3rd Saturday of every month from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
It is recommended that you call the pantry to confirm that the hours have not changed.
Founded by Mountain View Community Church in 2004 to fulfill a need in our community MVCC Foodbank was born. In 2015 MVCC foodbank was struggling to find funding and food for the growing needs of the community.
Jim and Alice Shoaf founded Maricopa Pantry to help subsidize and fund the small foodbank. Since then it has grown into the second largest food bank in Pinal County.
We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our community. Our members and volunteers provide the momentum that helps us affect change. Using all means necessary to provide food and funding for other small foodbanks. Building a model for how food banks should be run and how working together as a community we can fight hunger in our local communities.
Community Food Bank
We take donations from local businesses and use them to fight hunger. Help us connect with donors and with people in need. This is a community food bank and it takes a community to make this food pantry work.
Every Saturday we hold a food pantry distribution event.
We serve between 1,400 and 1,600 families weekly. It takes a large team to pull it off successfully in only 4 hours. Come join us!
|7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
We serve between 1400-1500 families every Saturday.
It takes between 50 and 60 volunteers to pull it off. Join us any Saturday from 7am until 1pm or any time in between those hours.
"MARICOPA — For Jim Shoaf, the value — and his sole focus — of giving back comes from the help it gives.
“I’ve told a lot of people, even my wife, that everybody thinks about when they get to heaven, they want to stand before God and they want him to say ‘well done, my good and faithful servant,’” said Shoaf, cracking a small smile, on a Friday afternoon. “I’ve got a feeling that when I go before God, he’s going to look at me and say, ‘what in the world were you thinking?’”
"Still, it’s evident that helping others and serving God are two things Shoaf is deeply committed to. And, as the founder and CEO of Maricopa Pantry Food Bank and an elder at Mountain View Community Church, he spends much of his days doing exactly that."
"Still, it’s evident that helping others and serving God are two things Shoaf is deeply committed to. And, as the founder and CEO of Maricopa Pantry Food Bank and an elder at Mountain View Community Church, he spends much of his days doing exactly that.
“That’s the only thing I can give to my king is my time,” he said."
This July 2023 article from the Maricopa Monitor by staff writer ROFIDA KHAIRALLA helps to capture some of the uniqueness of humility and generosity of this caring man. Truly a gift to our community. If you don't know anything about this man, take a moment to learn a bit. He is a community treasure.
The Society of We're All in This Together
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul harnesses the power of community and partnerships to feed, clothe, house and heal individuals and families in our community who have nowhere else to turn for help. As important, SVdP provides meaningful opportunities for volunteers to serve their neighbors in need with love and compassion.
Whether you need food, clothing, shelter, medical care or general assistance, we are here for you.
. Hot Meals & Food Baskets
. Rent and Utility Bill Assistance
. Shelter & Weather Relief
. Basic Needs for Unhoused Individuals
. Education and Mentorship
. Medical Care
. Dental Care
Need additional support?
Contact our partner agency 2-1-1 Arizona for more services.
F.O.R. (Food, Opportunity and Resources) Maricopa has been in existence since 2007, making an immediate impact in a city founded in 2003 that saw its population and needs explode in just a few short years.
What began as an effort to feed and aid just a few families – first out of the trunks of cars via home delivery and then by pickup at a local grocery store parking lot – has evolved into a full-fledged resource center and food bank.
Distribution days are Mondays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 5:00– 7:30 p.m.
To sign up, bring picture ID, proof of residency in Maricopa, Stanfield, Eloy, Coolidge, or Arizona City (e.g., water bill, electric bill, rental agreement with your name on it).
Distribution days: are Mondays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 5:00– 7:30 p.m.
Clients can come ONCE per week for perishables on either Monday OR Thursday.
Each household will receive dry goods once per month on a designated week based upon the first letter of your last name:
1st week of the month: Clients with A-E last name
2nd week of the month: Clients with F-L last name
3rd week of the month: Clients with M-S last name
4th week of the month: Clients with T-Z last name
You must bring your F.O.R. food bank card and your photo ID every time you come to receive food.
Households are eligible to receive food assistance if the total gross income for the household does NOT exceed 185% of the federal poverty level (Note: one food bank account per address).
You can check the F.O.R. website for the federal poverty guidelines.
|9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
|5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Food Distribution Hours:
Mondays: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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