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Food Assistance

Arizona Food Assistance Programs

Arizona has several food assistance programs to help your family afford a healthier diet. The programs below also have options for Arizonans to purchase local fruits and vegetables from farmers markets. We have listed farmers markets and businesses currently accepting SNAP Benefits and Double Up Food Bucks here.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

In Arizona, SNAP is administered through the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), which determines eligibility and allotments, and distribution of benefits.

SNAP benefits are provided on an electronic benefit card (EBT) that is used like an ATM or debit card and accepted at most grocery stores and many farmers' markets.  Eligibility is based on your household’s resources, income and other requirements such as residence, citizenship or qualified non-citizen status, and cooperation with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment & Training program.


SNAP at the Farmers Market & Double Up Food Bucks

Use your SNAP benefits at participating farmers markets for fresh produce, eggs, honey, bread, jams, jellies and even plants and seeds that produce food! Visit the info booth at the market to find out how to pay with your SNAP EBT card.

The Double Up AZ Program doubles the value of SNAP/EBT benefits used at farmers markets across Arizona, helping people bring home more healthy fruits and vegetables while supporting local farmers.

Find Double Up Food Bucks locations near you:


SNAP for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

The Arizona Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a free nutrition and Breastfeeding Program. At WIC you will meet experts in nutrition for pregnancy, breastfeeding, infants, toddlers and preschoolers and receive personalized nutrition tips. WIC also helps provide healthy foods for your family.

WIC at the Farmers Market
Farmers at the market with “Approved Grower” signs take FMNP as payment. 

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The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federal program that provides nutritious meals to all school children at a no or minimal cost.  Families may apply for the programs by submitting a Household Income Application, available at the school the child attends.

Many school districts are moving towards an online application for School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.  Click here to see if you district is participating--and if so--to apply online.  If you do not see your school district listed, speak with the Food Service Director at your child's school about using this online application. 

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. Under TEFAP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture makes commodity foods available to state distributing agencies.

TEFAP is administered by the Coordinated Hunger Relief Program. More information on this USDA program is at The Emergency Food Assistance Program Web site.

Visit a TEFAP location.  Food is provided in a variety of ways including dining rooms, food boxes and more.

Association of Arizona Food Banks

Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) serves five regional food bank members and a network of nearly 1,200 food pantries and agencies. Before you visit an organization listed, contact them to confirm hours of operation and determine eligibility requirements. You may need to bring proof of residency or other identification.