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Emergency Food Box Program

Anyone in need of food assistance can present a photo ID and register with Matthew’s Crossing to receive (1) Emergency Food Box each month. Emergency Food Boxes are comprised of nutritionally balanced non-perishable foods, designed to feed a family of (4) for up to three days. When available perishable items will be included and may include: bread, milk, meat, fresh produce, and bakery items. Items in the Emergency Food Boxes may include: pasta, rice, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, soup, cereal, dry milk, and canned meats.

*Emergency Food Boxes are available: THESE HOURS HAVE CHANGED DUE TO COVID-19

Temporary hours:

M, Tu, Th, F 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Wed – 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Holiday Food Box Program

Clients who are existing clients of Matthew’s Crossing, qualify for a free Holiday Food Box at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Holiday Food Boxes include turkey or ham and all of the holiday trimmings to feed a family of 4-6 people. Holiday Food Boxes are given out on a first come first serve basis, and are limited to availability. If you are interested in hosting a food drive for this program, or being a sponsor – please contact info@matthewscrossing.org for more information.

2021 CLOSED Holiday Hours:

January 1- New Years Day
May 31 – Memorial Day
July 5 – Independence Day
September 6 – Labor Day
November 25 & 26 – Thanksgiving
December 24 – Christmas Eve
December 25 – Christmas Day

Meals To Grow is a weekly backpack meal program designed to help give children in need.

We do this two ways.

  1. Weekend Backpack Food Bags. Each bag has enough food for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and a variety of snacks. Matthew’s Crossing volunteers pack and deliver these meals to area schools each Wednesday and they are then distributed to students on Friday. Currently, Meals To Grow volunteers pack over 1000 backpack meals each week and delivers to 20+ area schools K-12. 
  2. Weekday Food Closets. The food closets are located at local high schools and colleges. At the beginning of each week our volunteers deliver food and stock the shelves of high schools and colleges in the East Valley. This allows students to receive food assistance during the week. 

If you are a school that could benefit from this program, please also contact our program manager, Kim Corder at kimc@matthewscrossing.org.

At this time we are only able to accommodate schools in Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler.

SNAP is the  Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps, where participants receive a debit card with a specific monthly amount that can be used to buy food in most grocery stores. Learn more about SNAP here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap

Access the online application here: www.healthearizona.org

Need help with more than just food?  2-1-1 Arizona is Arizona’s key source of integrated information that brings people and services together to meet vital needs.  Please visit 2-1-1 Arizona to find the help you need throughout Arizona.

Official Benefits Website of the U.S. Government: This link provides information about more than 1,000 benefit and assistance programs for every state.

AARP Benefit QuickLINK

Adult Protective Serves (DES) 

Association of Arizona Food Banks

Child Protective Services (DES)

Disabilities Resource – Online Tutoring

Elderly & Disabled (Area Agency on Aging) 

Find Help Phoenix

Hunger Hotline
Gratis Hambre Hotline 1-866-8-hambre

Maricopa County Help Line
2-1-1 Arizona
2-1-1 or 1-877-211-8661

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Food Stamps (DES)

Poison Control Center (Banner Poison Control Center)

(Women Infants Children)

Disabilities Resource – Online Tutoring


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