SMFB Programs for Partner Agencies
Agency partners may participate in one or more of the following programs with St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Emergency Food Pantry (open to the public)
Ongoing food assistance programs that distribute fresh and nonperishable foods to supplement the diets of individuals from low-income households in the public, at least once per month.
Non-Emergency Food Pantry (not open to the public)
Provides food to clients participating in their case-managed and/or specific programming. This type of pantry may include shelters, transitional living and/or rehabilitation programs, group homes, and day cares. Agencies must ensure that primary service is to the needy and that no individual is paying specifically for food. Foster care associations and boarding homes are not able to participate.
Mobile Emergency Food Pantry Program
Mobile Food Pantries are designed to distribute fresh fruits, vegetables, perishable, and non-perishable products to the community without the need for overnight or cold storage. This is accomplished in a same day, pop-up style distribution supported by the agency partner and their volunteers on a consistent, scheduled basis.
Retail Grocery Rescue
The Retail Grocery Rescue Program enables National Feeding America donors to give their food products directly to St. Mary’s Food Bank’s Agency Partners for community distribution to supplement the diet of low income households. This program also assists the community in diverting food from landfills and lowering food waste.
The Agency Shopping Program allows qualifying partner agencies the freedom to pick and choose food and non food items to meet the needs of their clients. Available to all agencies, Shopping is based out of our Metropolitan Phoenix warehouse.
The Source Shopping Program allows partners the opportunity to purchase at low cost, high demand product often unavailable through our donation channels. Source shopping purchases can be added to your scheduled delivery.
Congregate Meal Sites
Congregate Meal Sites provide prepared meals predominantly to persons in need.
Senior Food Box Program
The Commodity Supplemental 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.
School Pantry Program
This food pantry is located within a school and provides food items to help feed children.
The Backpack Program provides a bag of nutritious, easy to prepare, non-perishable food to low-income, school-aged children and their families. This ensures children receive the nutrition they need over the weekend and school vacations when free school feeding programs do not operate.
The Kids Cafe Program provides meals to low-income, school-aged children participating in after-school programs during the school year or at summer feeding locations during the summer months when school is not in session.