Community Resources Series Part 1

Not everyone has come out of the pandemic unscathed. In fact, there are a lot of people whose quality of life has been turned completely upside down. I don’t want to harp on hardships, but I do want to provide information on how to get help. These next few blog posts are going to share resources to provide some help. The topics will include life resources like family assistance, job training, financial literacy, and more.

Today’s post is about food banks. I lived a portion of my adult life from paycheck to paycheck. This was self-inflicted on myself because I never took it upon myself to discipline myself on my spending. I am not saying that many of you are in your situation because of this, but I am saying that I can relate to having to make sacrifices. I found myself having to deny paying one bill in order to pay another. It was like I would get out of a hole only to find that I was in another one. Let’s figure out how to get out of the hole together.

I’m kicking off the series with food banks because you have to eat. The price of food continues to skyrocket and this can be a great place to start to create some space in your budget. I know some of you are like, I can’t go to the food bank. Would you literally rather starve than to get help? Would you rather watch your children suffer from hunger because of your pride? I hope not for their sake. A food bank will not provide everything that you need, but is a great way to supplement a thinned out grocery budget. I live in Phoenix, AZ and so I am going to keep this local, but I can research other areas to find some in specific areas at your request. I will leave my contact information down below at the end of this post.

Another great resources to find more food banks in the state of Arizona is:

  1. Arizona Food Bank Network 340 E Coronado Rd Ste.400, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 528-3434

Here are some of the food banks in Phoenix, AZ:

  1. St. Mary’s Food Bank 2831 N 31st Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009 (602) 242-3663 Monday – Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm (Closed Saturday and Sunday)

  2. The Cultural Cup Food Bank Community Connection 342 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012 (602) 266-8370 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10 am – 12 pm (Closed Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

  3. Agua Fria Food Bank 405 E Harrison Dr, Avondale, AZ 85323 (623) 932-9135 Monday – Friday 8 am – 12 pm (Closed Saturday and Sunday)

  4. Hope For Hunger Food Bank Phoenix Rescue Mission 5605 N 55th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301 (602) 773-4344 Monday – Friday 8 am – 12 pm (Closed on Saturday and Sunday) closed July 5th

  5. Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank 10862 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85028 (602) 867-9228 Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm

  6. Joshua Tree Feeding Program 214 E Willetta St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 264-0223 Wednesday 10 am -12 pm (Closed all other days)

  7. Icm Food & Clothing Bank 501 S 9th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602) 254-7450 Monday – Saturday 9 am – 11 am (Closed on Sunday)

  8. 7th Street Food Pantry 4223 S 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85040 (602) 803-0890 ( You must register to receive food boxes at

  9. St Mary’s Food Bank 3131 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017 (602) 442-5573

  10. Tolleson Food Bank 10 S 93rd Ave, Tolleson, AZ 85353 (623)936-5199 Monday,Tuesday, and Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm (Closed Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)

  11. Community Kitchen 3003 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017 (602)343-3183 Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 3 pm (Closed Saturday and Sunday)

  12. Operation Care 1827 W Grovers Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023 (602) 866-0135 Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm (Closed Saturday and Sunday)

Due to Covid -19 restrictions, please call or visit their website for updated hours of operations or changes to in person visits. I hope this post provides some much needed assistance. This is the first of a few posts that will be released within the next few weeks. To stay informed and to receive the blog post, please subscribe and follow Preparation With Purpose on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter. Please reach me at if you have any questions, would like for me to provide resource information in your area, or would like me to address any specific topics. Please share this information with anyone who you feel would benefit from it.

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