Chickens for the Holidays

United Food Bank has purchased chickens rather than turkeys for the holidays.  The decision was based purely on economics – the cost of whole chickens were cheaper than turkeys.  We’re getting a lot more food for our money, which means we’re able to provide more holiday meals for more families. 

We’re still proceeding with our annual turkey drive.  We’ll have turkeys available in some quantities for Christmas, but I won’t know what this will look like until we’re in the middle of it.  As always, we try our best to distribute the turkeys as equitably as possible. 

If it’s important for your organization to provide turkeys during the holidays, you may want to consider hosting your own turkey drive, as at this time I am unable to determine how many we’re going to have available. 

Let me know if you have any questions.

Jeff | 480.398.4480 |



Food Valuation Letters for FY15/16

Food valuation letters for fiscal year 15/16 have been generated and sent to all active partner agencies via email.  If you did not receive a letter, please contact Jeff or Deb to request a copy.

Jeff | 480.398.4480 and

Deb | 480.398.4520 and

TEFAP Menu for September

I001472 Wild Maine Blueberries
I00042 Pinto Beans, dry
I000161 Green Beans, canned
I000161 Grapefruit juice
I00057 Peanut Butter, Smooth
I000311 Clingstone Peaches, canned
I001957 Walnut Pieces
I000560 Spaghetti Sauce, meatless
I00049 Tomatoes, diced, canned
I001698 Elbow Mac Pasta

Help Yourself! Every Friday 8:00 AM -2:00 PM

United Food Bank hosts a co-op at our volunteer annex every Friday (excluding holidays) where individuals and families can purchase pre-assembled food bags containing:

  • 8 lbs. frozen meat
  • 5 lbs. fresh produce
  • 5 lbs. packaged dry goods

We also offer complementary choices of bread, pastries, and other items.

A $40 value for only $20.  Cash or EBT only. The co-op is open to all – no requirements, no qualifying.

Where:                 United Food Bank’s Volunteer Annex, 358 E. Javalina Ave, Mesa

When:                  Every Friday (excluding holidays) 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

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FREE Resource Navigation Training for Military/Veteran Resources

Resource Navigators are members of our community who are trained to connect service members, veterans, and family members to the array of available resources.  Navigator training includes:

  • How to use the Resource Connection Guide
  • Key factors that may affect a person or family’s access to resources
  • Navigation strategies
  • How to link into the military/veteran community to find resources to address a range of issues, including employment, physical and mental health, finances, family issues and more.

When:                 Wednesday, October 5th from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where:                Salvation Army, 241 E. 6th Street, Mesa AZ 85201

How much:        FREE!  Lunch is included

For additional information, including instructions on how to register, please see attached flier:

Military-Vet Resource Navigation Training


Immigration status is not an hindrance to receiving or providing services

August 11, 2016

HHS, HUD and DOJ Issue Letter to State/Local Agencies Regarding Life and Safety Benefits for Immigrants

On August 5, 2016, the agency heads of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a joint letter making clear that immigration status is not a bar to providing certain services to protect the life or safety of individuals or to services that are not considered to be a federal public benefit. It also makes clear that benefits providers must ensure they do not engage in practices that deter eligible members of mixed-status households from accessing benefits essential to life and safety based on their national origin.

By way of background, in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (“PRWORA” or “the Act”), Congress restricted immigrant access to certain public benefits, but also established a set of exceptions to these restrictions including programs, services, or assistance necessary for the protection of life and safety as specified by the Attorney General.  In 2001, after consulting with other Federal agencies, including HUD and HHS, the Attorney General issued an Order specifying the programs, services, or assistance determined to be necessary for the protection of life or safety as follows:

(a)  Crisis counseling and intervention programs; services and assistance relating to child protection, adult protective services, violence and abuse prevention, victims of domestic violence or other criminal activity; or treatment of mental illness or substance abuse;

(b)  Short-term shelter or housing assistance for the homeless, for victims of domestic violence, or for runaway, abused, or abandoned children;

(c)  Programs, services or assistance to help individuals during periods of heat, cold, or other adverse weather conditions;

(d)  Soup kitchens, community food banks, senior nutrition programs such as meals on wheels, and other such community nutritional services for persons requiring special assistance;

(e)  Medical and public health services (including treatment and prevention of diseases and injuries) and mental health, disability, or substance abuse assistance necessary to protect life or safety;

(f)   Activities designed to protect the life or safety of workers, children and youths, or community residents; and

(g)  Any other programs, services, or assistance necessary for the protection of life or safety.

The agencies’ August 5, 2016 letter thus reaffirms that immigration status is not a bar to providing certain services to protect the life or safety of individuals.

To read the joint agency letter, visit OCR’s website at:

The HHS Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) also issued a set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the availability of services provided by short-term and emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence and their dependents. To access the FAQs, visit

To report national origin discrimination in Health and Human Service programs, please contact HHS’s Office for Civil Rights at 1-800-368-1019, 1-800-537-7697 (TDD), by email at, or visit the website

To learn more about non-discrimination and health information privacy laws, your civil rights, and privacy rights in health care and human service settings, and to find information on how to file a complaint, visit us at

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