Desert Mission Food Bank

Feeding the Hungry

desert-mission-food-bank-reading-lables At Desert Mission, we know that some of our neighbors struggle to meet their basic needs, such as feeding themselves and their families. We offer several free and reduced cost food programs, nutrition education and resource and referral services. Our goal is to provide the necessary tools and resources to help our clients achieve food security.

Desert Mission’s food bank is designed in a market format so our clients shop as they would in a regular grocery store. Clients make their grocery selections at our 4th Street Market with the help of our customer-service volunteers who guide them through the market and provide carry-out service.


Desert Mission Food Bank Programs

Emergency Food Program

This food distribution program provides monthly food packages for individuals and families in crisis. Clients will also receive “extra” items of the day including produce and protein, when available.

Program eligibility guidelines:

  • Reside in the Desert Mission Food Bank service area, which includes the following ZIP codes: 85020, 85021, 85022, 85023, 85024, 85027, 85028, 85029, 85032, 85050, 85253, 85254, 85085, 85086, 85087 and 85331.
  • Bring valid identification for the person applying.
  • Bring proof of residence for all adults in the household. We will accept the following as proof of residence: Any postmarked mail less than 60 days old with the name and address of the person applying, lease agreement and state or federal identification issued in the last six months with an address in our service area.
Supplemental Food Program for Seniors

Desert Mission’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a federally funded food distribution program that provides monthly food packages to seniors who reside in the Desert Mission Food Bank service area and meet Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.

Learn more about this program and its eligibility guidelines: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF).

Bargain Basket Program

Through our Bargain Basket program (PDF), we offer grocery items at a significant discount to help families stretch their food budgets. We accept cash and SNAP/Food Stamp benefits. Learn more about this program and its eligibility guidelines.

Infant Emergency Food Box Program

Provides monthly food packages that meet your baby’s developmental needs from newborn to 12 months of age.

Community Nutrition Education

Weekly food demonstrations, nutritious recipes and cooking tips.

Garden Program

Free gardening classes are offered at Desert Mission Food Bank the first Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. No RSVP required. Topics include: How to start a garden, seasonal planting in Arizona, managing your soil, water and sunlight, container gardening and garden troubleshooting.

Snack Pac Program

Many children on the free and reduced lunch program are at risk of going hungry over the weekend. Desert Mission Food Bank provides food for these children. We distribute approximately 4,500 nutritious, kid-friendly food packages each month to 23 local schools and agencies.

How Can You Help?

There are many opportunities to contribute to Desert Mission Food Bank. Whether you’d like to volunteer, run a food drive, donate food or make a donation, we welcome your help. Learn more about how to get involved.

Location and hours

Located on the campus of John C. Lincoln Medical Center.

Desert Mission Food Bank
9229 N. Fourth St.
Phoenix, AZ 85020
602- 870-6062

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Friday