As a community service, we wanted to share with you this list of essential services shared with us by a local church. We cannot verify all the information given the limited staff we have on hand right now, but we believe you can find it of value.

*Please know that this information was last updated in August 2019, so some of these services may have changed in the interim.  Additionally, with the community now facing this Coronavirus situation, it is possible that some of these programs are now experiencing impacts to the services that they are able to provide. Thus, you will want to call the included contact numbers below to confirm program specifics. Again, the purpose of this information is to provide you with as many community resources and tools as possible should you find yourself in need of these.

Food Assistance

  • Benevilla has a program through which volunteers will do weekly grocery shopping.

    • Main office: 16752 N. Greasewood St, Surprise

    • Sun City West office: 13576 Camino del Sol #22

    • Office hours both locations: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    • Phone: (623) 584-4999

    • Stores participating in the program and requirements vary.  Interested persons should call Benevilla for more information.

    • Service is available short or long-term for those with limited resources.

    • A volunteer collects a weekly list from the person, shops at a participating store, delivers the groceries to the client and receives the payment, and then returns to the store with the payment.

    • This service is provided under Benevilla’s Free Home Service program which also provides handyperson assistance (skilled volunteers that make minor home repairs.)

  • The Soup Kitchen is a ministry of Church on the Green providing free lunch one day a week.

    • Location: Church on the Green, Fellowship Hall, 19051 N. RH Johnson Blvd, Sun City West

    • Phone: (623) 546-6386

    • Lunch is typically provided on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from October through May each year.

    • Details are published in the local newspaper and on their church signage.

  • Meals on Wheels, Sun City West is a local non-profit through which volunteers deliver meals to residents of Sun City West and is not affiliated with the national program.

    • Phone: (623) 544-2757

    • Since this is a completely volunteer organization funded only by donations, there are periodic changes to the program & to the contact information.  Articles in the SCW Independent newspaper a few times a year include updated information and any changes in the contact phone number.

    • Assistance can be short or long-term.

    • In 2019, meals were being prepared by Grandview Terrace. Volunteer route drivers pick up meals at Grandview and deliver them to the client’s home.

    • Two meals (1 cold and 1 hot meal) are delivered together daily. No deliveries on Sundays.

    • Cost (in 2019) was $10.00 per day. Meals can be delivered for a few days a week or for up to 6.

    • There is a subsidy program for low-income persons.

    • Assistance is funded entirely by donations, so requirements and availability may be limited and varies over time. Call for more information.

  • Meals of Joy – This is a food deliever program of extremely good quality. A meal and the cost of meals can be found at www.mealsofjoy.org. You can also email info@mealsofjoy.org or call 623-594-9588 for more information.

  • Valley View Community Food Bank is a local non-profit providing food boxes to those in need.

    • Location: 12321 NW Grand Ave, El Mirage

    • Phone: (623) 933-3358

    • Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 pm.

    • Website: www.feedingaz.org

    • No referral needed. Walk-ins will be served. A photo ID is required & birth certificates if the family has children. Call for more information.

  • The Salvation Army Sun Cities Valley Corps maintains a food pantry of free fresh food and canned goods, provides food boxes, and has a meals program.

    • Location: 17420 Avenue of the Arts, Surprise;

    • Phone: (623) 977-1084

    • Website: www.suncities.salvationarmy.org

    • Free food boxes are provided.

    • Requirements and processes vary.  Please call for current information.

  • St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance helps feed hungry families throughout Phoenix & 9 AZ counties, including Maricopa County.

    • Local program location: 13050 W. Elm St, Surprise

    • Phone: (602) 242-3663

    • Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Website: www.firstfoodbank.org To obtain information from their website, click on the “Get Help” tab at the top of the home page.

    • Mobile Pantry trucks deliver free produce to locations throughout the community. No ID or proof of residence required. Dates, times and locations vary every month. A monthly calendar is on the website and lists all information. After clicking on the “Get Help” tab, scroll down to the Mobile Pantry information that contains a link labeled “Here” for the monthly delivery calendar.

    • Food boxes are provided at the Surprise location. Walk-ins will be served. No referral is required. Must show a photo ID and proof of residency address in one of the program counties.

    • St. Mary’s participates in the USDA government Commodity Supplemental Food Program for low-income seniors. Participants must be 60 years or older, provide documentation of identity that includes a photo and Date of Birth, and meet income guidelines (In 2019: 1 person – $1,316 per month or less, 2 persons – $1,784 per month or less). Call St. Mary’s for more information. A copy of the application to be completed is on their website under the “Get Help” tab through a link found in the program information when you scroll down.

  • AZ Commodity Senior Food Program (CSFP) is a federally funded food distribution program providing once a month food packages to people 60 and older. Persons who qualify receive food commodities at participating food distribution sites (Food Pantries).

    • Website for detailed information: www.des.az.gov search by program name

    • Eligibility:

    • Gross income of household doesn’t exceed 130% of federal poverty level (by self-declaration, verification not required)

      • 60 years of age or older

      • Have a valid AZ address

    • Documentation required:

      • Verification of age: drivers license, birth certificate, Social Security record, passport, Baptismal Certificate, etc.

      • Current document verifying address/residency: drivers license, state ID, utility bill in your name, etc.

    • To enroll in program, complete the application form at one of the participating food pantries.

    • The program is available in all 15 AZ counties.

    • St. Mary’s Food Bank is currently a participating distribution center.

  • Senior Centers: Local senior centers provide a variety of food assistance programs. They often provide a meal at the center (rather than dispensing food to homes). Individuals should call the center for current information. Some examples of such services during 2019 include:

    • Surprise Senior Center: 15832 N. Hollyhock St, Surprise; (623) 222-1500

    • Banner Olive Branch Senior Center: 11250 N. 107th Ave #115, Sun City; (623) 465-6001

    • Peoria Senior Center: 8335 W. Jefferson, Peoria; (623) 979-3570

  • Duet: Partners in Health & Aging: Duet helps older adults and their families cope with challenges related to aging. From getting groceries and rides to the doctor, to health promotion activities and support groups.

    • Duet is a non-profit, interfaith organization that has been serving older adults in greater Phoenix since 1981.

    • EMAIL info@duetaz.org

    • PHONE (602) 274-5022

    • FAX (602) 274-6793

    • Office Hours:

      • Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., MST

      • 10000 N. 31st Ave, Suite D200
        Phoenix, AZ 85051

Additionally, many of our local supermarkets offer delivery and/or pick-up options. Several are now attempting to offer “contact free” transactions. Yet several of our local stores are expressing that orders may have fulfillment delays.  Please call your local branch for the latest information.

  • Albertsons / Safeway / Frys / Bashes /  Walmart

    • Know that some of these services are provided free with a minimum order (ie, Walmart grocery pick-up) and others are offered through delivery companies. This is also another option available to you: grocery delivery through companies such as Instacart (additional details can be found online). Additionally, there are several companies (whose details can also be found online) that will deliver restaurant take-out to your home for a fee such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, GrubHub, Postmates, and others.

    • Another resource comes from local news outlet azfamily.com. The below is a link to a substantial list of Phoenix area restaurants that offer deals as they move to delivery/take-out/drive-thru. This information can be found here

Getting Prescriptions Filled

  • CVS: offers free (if qualified) home delivery of medications that are shipped via the postal system. Sign-up for this is via online portal: https://www.cvs.com/content/delivery?icid=cvs-home-covid19-banner-Rx-delivery  Delivery time via postal service can be 1-2 days, yet they currently may be experiencing delayed deliveries. Same day delivery is available via Instacart (again a delivery company that does charge for delivery.)
  • Walgreens: Delivery can be set up at 1-800-345-1985. You will be asked to provide name, DOB, address, and insurance info.  You can provide credit card information or be invoiced for co-pay.  A company rep did state that it takes 10 days for receipt after script is received by Walgreens.

In closing and as stated before, please realize the constraints of this list:

  • These resources are experiencing unprecedented demand.
  • This email is not an endorsement or promotion of any of the commercial services listed here.  To that end, please verify the above information for yourself.
  • We realize that this is not an exhaustive list of all possible resources, yet we want to get the resources that we do know about to you as they may prove helpful in the days to come.