Agency Resources

For our Agencies

The Food Bank distributed food through 534 partner agencies at 700 sites in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties last fiscal year. St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance can supplement the food needs of your organization and serve your community through programs and assistance. Choose a subject from below to learn how we can help.

Agency Inspections

The Food Bank conducts agency inspections to maintain the safety and health of its partner agencies and the clients they serve. Appointments are made by Food Bank Agency Services representatives, and the date, time and type of service will be confirmed. At the time of inspection, a Food Bank representative will:

  • Discuss and review record-keeping practices.
  • Review and confirm certificates are current, including restaurant manager certificates and food handler cards.
  • Check for cleanliness, evidence of pests, refrigerator and freezer temperatures, proper pantry and chemical storage, inventory control, and general food handling practices.
  • Discuss the agency’s five-year vision for the future.
  • Review Food Bank programs.

Contact us at agencyservices@firstfoodbank.org or call (602) 242-FOOD for more information.

Agency Surplus Distribution

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance distributes food to those who need it most through a network of partner agencies in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties. Serving as a clearinghouse, the Food Bank distributes perishable food from many sources, including growers, distributors, retailers, and grocery stores. Every day, edible but unsalable food is rescued by the Food Bank.

The Food Bank’s partner agencies include domestic violence shelters, dining halls, schools, churches, children’s shelters, halfway houses, and senior and community centers. Following qualification, these partner agencies visit the Food Bank throughout the week to provide for their clients.

Contact us at agencyservices@firstfoodbank.org or (602) 242-FOOD (3663) to learn more about Agency Surplus Distribution and how your organization can become a Food Bank partner agency. Visit For our Agencies for more information.

You can also visit the Food Bank’s 31st Avenue location at 2831 N. 31st Avenue in Phoenix. Please bring your own coolers, storage containers, plastic gloves, and a Food Handlers and Shopping ID Card. Please remember to wear closed-toe shoes.

Monday-Friday: 8am to 12pm