Below is a comprehensive list of the many services the Foothills Food Bank aims to provide for our local community.
This is our primary resource for our registered clients who live in our designated area. Clients can receive the following types of groceries:
30 Day or Monthly Food
- Once per month
- 30 lbs. of food per person in household for 3 days
- $64 value
- Included is a variety of meats, soups, cereals, pasta and sauce, baked goods, detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, water, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, pet food when needed, and personal items when available.
7 Day Food
- Once a week our clients can visit and obtain fruits and vegetables, bread and baked goods, any snack and soup items available, baby food and wipes, and any surplus we have. This will help stretch the week for each household.
Care Club is an additional resource put in place to assist in-need households with purchasing groceries. The Foothills Food Bank provides groceries at a discounted rate to those participating in the program. Care Club takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 5:30 to 8:00 pm the third Thursday of each month.
If you are interested in participating in Care Club and are a registered client, please call the food bank at (480) 488-1145 to pre-order.
The Foothills Food Bank now provides a limited supply of gluten-free food for those who are gluten-intolerant in our community. If you stop by the food bank and feel you would benefit from this option, please let us know!
Caring Corp/Senior Program
The Foothills Food Bank has partnered with Caring Corp to supply food to our home-bound clients. The Food Bank provides the food and packaging, being sensitive to certain dietary needs. Caring Corp delivers the packages.
We have teamed up with VCA Charities for Pets, Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. to provide limited amounts of pet food for dogs and cats. The goal is to keep pets with their families, as pets are often given up in times of financial strain. Clients with pets may request pet food on their Monthly Food request.
Pet Spay and Neutering
We have also teamed up with VCA Animal Hospital, Zoetis and Merial, who offer free shots, spay and neutering several times a year. Please contact the Food Bank for the next opportunity to take care of your pet.
Resources and Education Advocacy
The Food Bank is embarking on an expansion of existing programs to include mentoring clients through the sometimes difficult process involved in moving forward. Forms that need filling out are often voluminous and over whelming. We will help clients understand where to go and how to ask for things like disability assistance, insurance, or food stamps, or how to establish a working budget.
We provide financial assistance to individuals and families in the foothills area that are in a crisis situation.
There are children who benefit from the free and reduced lunch program in our public schools, but who are left without enough food on days they don’t attend school. The Snack Pack program aims to provide preschool, grade school and high school children in the Cave Creek Unified School District with food items to take home with them over the weekends.
Maricopa County Utility Assistance
In partnership with Maricopa County, we review the clients needs and set up an appointment with a Maricopa County agent who will discuss options for the client. This is happening approximately once a quarter.
Starting in January of 2015, the Food Bank will have the ability to aid our clients in filing for food stamps. The process and forms are not easy to complete and we will be walking you through the application, helping you to fill it out properly and prevent any issues.
Greens ‘R’ Great!
Clients served by the Food Bank will soon be able to reap the benefits of having fresh, organically grown and hand-picked produce. Greens ‘R’ Great will be a two branched program. The first branch, a unique garden structure adjacent to the food bank premises will be a place for the customer community to gather and help maintain the crops. The second branch will provide container plants that may be taken home, grown, and cared for by food bank clients.
Waste not – Want not!
The Food Bank makes every attempt to use anything and everything that comes in. Local live stock owners obtain food not fit for human consumption to support their animals on a regular basis.