Our highest priority is keeping Arizonans healthy, safe, and economically secure.
Arizonans: the fastest way to get assistance or info. from our office is to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We understand that this crisis has severely disrupted the lives of Arizonans and created significant hardship, including difficulty accessing sufficient nutritional resources. We will continue working across the aisle and with local community partners to combat hunger.
This section includes information on programs that Arizonans can use to get the food and resources they need. It also includes information on food banks and other physical locations where Arizonans may be able to access healthy food for themselves and their families.
- The CARES Act provided $15.51 billion in additional funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure all Americans, including seniors and children, get the food they need.
- The federal government pays the full cost of SNAP benefits and shares the cost of administering the program with the states, which operate the program.
- Eligible Arizonans may apply for benefits online as they normally would through the Department of Economic Security (DES) - details below.
- On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the most recent bipartisan coronavirus relief package to provide further health and economic relief, including $13 billion for food assistance programs. The bill increases SNAP benefits by 15% for all SNAP participants for six months through June 30, 2021, excludes unemployment payments from counting as income when calculating SNAP eligibility and compensation, and allows college students to access SNAP benefits. It provides supplemental funding to food banks and nutrition programs for seniors, including Meals on Wheels, and expands food access for children. More information as it becomes available from DES will be available on their website.
For a list of food banks and other places to go for emergency food assistance in each Arizona county, please click HERE.
Note: veterans of the Armed Forces and their families/dependents may be eligible for additional benefits. Please consult our “Veterans” section below for additional information.
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)
Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, SNAP is a federal program that combats hunger across the nation by providing critical assistance to low-income families. You may determine if you are eligible for SNAP benefits by clicking HERE. All information about applying to the program and receiving benefits can be found HERE. To receive assistance in applying to the program, visit HERE.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC is a federal program that provides healthy nutritional assistance to pregnant women, infants, and children, distributed through checks that can be exchanged for certain foods like cereal, milk, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, and other items. Information about the program can be found HERE.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP is a federal program that provides emergency food assistance to low-income Americans. Information on eligibility and the process for applying can be found HERE.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
CSFP is a federal program that provides low-income seniors age 60+ with food assistance. More information on the program in Arizona can be found HERE.
Additional federal resources can be found HERE.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels offers nutritious meals to seniors throughout the nation. A comprehensive list of Area Agencies on Aging, which provide services to seniors including Meals on Wheels and other home meal delivery programs, can be found HERE.
Federal coronavirus-response legislation: click HERE.
Specific actions Kyrsten is taking on behalf of Arizona: click HERE.
Visit our main resources page: sinema.senate.gov/corona.