Food Program

NATIVE HEALTH provides a variety of food programs to address food insecurity. For more information contact Susan Levy at (602) 279-5262, ext. 11027 or email:

NATIVE HEALTH Food Pantry (Mesa only)

NATIVE HEALTH partners with St. Mary’s Food Bank, United Food Bank, and Midwest Food Bank to address food insecurity issues. Located at NATIVE HEALTH Mesa, 777 West Southern Avenue, Building B (South Side) in Mesa.

EXPANDED HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.


Kid’s Cafe (Summer Kid’s Food Program)
NATIVE HEALTH provides free Kid’s Cafe’ meals for children 18 and under at all NATIVE HEALTH all location sites: NATIVE HEALTH Central, NATIVE HEALTH Mesa, and NHW Community Health Center. There are children’s tables and chairs in each lobby for them to enjoy a meal in the air-conditioning. While on site, children are encouraged to take a book from our Little Free Libraries and enjoy reading at home. We hope your children stop by and eat a meal.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP ) (Mesa only)

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. Located at our NATIVE HEALTH Mesa location.

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

For more information call Susan at (602) 279-5262, ext. 11027.

Backpack Program (NATIVE HEALTH Central Only)

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.  For more information contact Gabby at (602) 279-5262, ext. 11011.

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.


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 affects availability of bags provided each month. When bags are available Food Pantry staff will contact selected people to pick up bags available. Funded by private donors and organizations.

For more information call Olivia at (602) 279-5262, ext. 11022 or email:

Commodity Senior Food Program (CSFP)

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

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)
  • Clients must have Arizona address, photo ID with printed date of birth
  • Client meets designated income guidelines, dependent upon number of family members in the household
  • Clients must enroll and re-certify every year
  • Clients must be able to pick up box at NATIVE HEALTH location every month

For more information call Olivia at (602) 279-5262, ext. 11022 or email:

Read It and Eat Program (NATIVE HEALTH Central and Mesa)

Read It and Eat offers a fun approach to developing literacy and culinary skills. There is an Indigenous story time, craft, and families learn how to make a simple, healthy recipe. The story time (Read it) 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 Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.  Read it and Eat takes place on the third Tuesday of the month at NATIVE HEALTH Mesa and on the fourth Thursday of the month at NATIVE HEALTH Central. Participating families take home a bag of produce at the end of each class.  All families with young children are invited to attend this class.

For more information or reservations please contact Gabby at:

Indigenous Young Chefs in the Kitchen

Indigenous Young Chefs in the Kitchen is a supplemental summer food program. This program consists of a weekly produce and food bag for 50 Native American families with children and aligns with a weekly online Indigenous story time, Indigenous craft, Indigenous recipe and food demo. Videos are broadcasted on our Facebook page. This program is dependent on donor funding. 

For more info, please contact Susan at 


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.

Emergency food assistance does not end hunger, but your financial support makes a difference!     To make a donation please visit our Donation page.

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

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