Food Program

NATIVE HEALTH partners with St. Mary’s Food Bank, United Food Bank, and Midwest Food Bank to address food insecurity issues.

NATIVE HEALTH provides a variety of food programs to address food insecurity.  

NATIVE HEALTH FOOD PANTRY

NATIVE HEALTH’s FOOD PROGRAM HOURS OF OPERATION, LOCATIONS AND SITE CONTACT

NATIVE HEALTH Central (Central/Indian School)

• 4041 North Central Avenue, Building C – Phoenix, AZ 85012

• Curbside / Grab and Go **Please look for designated parking area**

• Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. -noon

Contact: Olivia Joe – oljoe@nachci.com – (602) 279-5262 x 3206 (7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) or Mallory Smith – masmith@nachci.com – (602) 279-5262 x 3134

NATIVE HEALTH Mesa (Southern/Extension)

• 777 West Southern Avenue, Building B/Suite 214 (South Side of Building) – Mesa, AZ 85210

• Curbside / Grab and Go **Please look for designated parking area**

• Tuesday – Friday, • 8:00 a.m.-noon

Contact: Shaine Boyd – sboyd@nachci.com – (480) 550-4048 x 3831

NHW Community Health Center 

• 2423 West Dunlap Avenue, Suite 140 – Phoenix, Arizona 85021

• Grab and Go – please see front desk

• Monday-Friday,  11:00 a .m.-5:00 p.m. 

• Kids Café Meals ONLY • Contact: Marissa Currington -MCurrington@nachci.com – (602) 279-5351 x 3531

NATIVE HEALTH FOOD PROGRAMS

Family Food Bags (NATIVE HEALTH Central Only)

Program Description: A bag of easy-to-prepare and non-perishable food items for families to go home with and cook. Provided by St. Mary’s Food Bank and private donors. 

Product Detail:

• Cereal or oats

• Rice, pasta, beans

• Canned vegetables and fruits

• Canned protein

Who Qualifies? Individuals, Households and Families

• Must provide Full Name, Number of people in household, Number of children, and zip code

Snack Bags (Central Only)

Program Description: A small snack bag to take with you on the go.

Product Detail:

• Drink (water, sparkling water, Gatorade)

• Cup of fruit, granola bar, chips, pretzels, miscellaneous on the go snack items

Who Qualifies? Homeless and Individuals

• Must provide Full Name, number of people in household, number of children, and zip code

TEFAP – The Emergency Food Assistance Program (Mesa Only)

Program Description: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federally funded, USDA regulated food program that provides monthly fresh and non-perishable food to supplement the diets of individuals from low-income households. Provided by United Food Bank. 

Product Detail:

• Cereal or oats

• Rice, pasta, beans

• Canned vegetables and fruits

• Protein: chicken, fish, turkey, beef strips

Who Qualifies? Individuals, Households and Families

• Must provide Full Name, Maricopa Country address, and date of birth.

• Self-declares to meet designated income guidelines. (Financial documents are not needed)

• Dependent on number of individuals within the household.

CSFP – Commodity Senior Food Program (NATIVE HEALTH Central & NATIVE HEALTH Mesa)

***NATIVE HEALTH Locations are currently full, please reach out to your interested site to join our waiting list***

Program Description: The Commodity Senior Food Program (CSFP) is a federally funded, USDA regulated food program that provides monthly supplemental nutrition boxes for qualifying, low-income, enrolled seniors aged 60 years and older. Provided by St. Mary’s Food Bank. 

Product Detail:

• Nonfat dry milk, juice, shelf-stable milk

• Cereal or oats

• Rice, pasta, beans

• Canned vegetables and fruits

• Canned protein

• 2 lbs. cheese block (perishable)

Who Qualifies? Seniors (60 years and older)

o Clients must have Arizona address, photo ID with printed date of birth.

o Client meets designated income guidelines, dependent upon number of family members in the household.

o Clients must enroll and re-certify every year.

o Clients must be able to pick up box at NATIVE HEALTH location every month.

URBAN Native American Senior Food Bag Program (Central & Mesa)

*** Program availability is DEPENDENT on FUNDING***

Program Description: The URBAN Native American Senior Food Bag Program is open to selected Native American elders in Maricopa County. Funding availability effects availability of bags provided each month. When bags are available Food Pantry Assistants will contact selected people to pick up bags available. For more information please contact Shaine Boyd x 3831. Funded by private donors and organizations. 

Product Detail:

• Cereal or oats

• Rice, pasta, beans

• Canned vegetables and fruits

• Canned protein

• Toiletry bag included (paper towel, tissue, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, etc.)

Who Qualifies? Seniors (residing in Maricopa County)

o Clients must have an Arizona ID.

o Client must be Native American.

o Client must be 60 years or older.

If you meet these criteria and want to join the list, please contact Shaine Boyd x 3831.

**Joining the list does not guarantee your spot in the program.

Backpack Program (NATIVE HEALTH Central Only)

Program Description: The Backpack Program provides a bag of nutritious, easy-to-prepare, non-perishable food to school-age children and their families to ensure children receive the nutrition they need at home. Funded by St. Mary’s Food Bank.  Funded by St. Mary’s Food Bank. 

Product Detail:

• Rotating weekly menus, including canned protein, canned fruit, canned vegetables, and grain

• Provides three meals to a family of four.

• Pre-packaged in durable, white plastic bags (9 pounds each)

Who Qualifies? Food Insecure Children and Families

• Children known to miss meals due to a lack of food in the home.

• Children identified by NATIVE HEALTH

• Free and no proof of income required.

Kids Café/Summer Food Program (NATIVE HEALTH Central, NATIVE HEALTH Mesa & NHW Community Health Center)

Program Description: The Kids Cafe Program provides meals to school-age children during a NATIVE HEALTH visit or during the summer months when school is not in session. Funded by St. Mary’s Food Bank. 

Product Detail:

• USDA approved rotating menus including protein, fruit, vegetable, grain, and milk.

• Ready to Eat Meals

Who Qualifies? Food Insecure Children and Teens

• Children 5-18 years of age participating in after-school programs or attending a summer feeding site

• No proof of income required

Read It and Eat Program (Virtual on NATIVE HEALTH Phoenix Facebook Page)

Program Description: Read It and Eat offers a fun approach to developing literacy and culinary skills. Families interact with a representative of Mesa/Phoenix Public Library during the first half of the program (Read It); this engages the youth before moving into the second half of the program (Eat). During the “Eat” portion, youth and their families prepare and taste new culinary dishes. A single theme is carried through both halves of the program, creating an integrated educational experience. Read It and Eat fills the gap of kindergarten readiness programs for families without other means, while teaching families the importance of nutrition, family cooking, and the risks of childhood obesity. Funded by Arizona Complete Health.  

Product Detail:

· Currently taking place virtually once a month on NATIVE HEALTH Phoenix Facebook Page

· No registration required. Families can view video on Facebook.

· Program does give out (20) $10 gift cards. Gift cards are first come first served launched the week before the event on Facebook for families to sign up.

Who Qualifies? Families with Children 0-5 years old

NATIVE HEALTH has been recognized nationally as a pioneer in our commitment to address food insecurity for families in the communities we serve. Volunteers and assistance is always welcome. Your support makes a difference!

For more information contact Mallory Smith, Food Coordinator, at masmith@nachci.com or call (602) 279-5262 x 3134.