ICS Food Bank

Every day, thousands of people in Pima County struggle to put food on the table.

ICS is blessed to have a spacious 2,700-square-foot Food Bank that enables us to better serve the needs of hungry households in our community.

Last year, our Food Bank provided $2,103,355 worth of food to over 28,382 different individuals.

ICS opened our expanded facility in October 2011, substantially increasing our food storage capabilities and allowing for the addition of fresh and frozen foods, such as produce, meat, and dairy. Before opening our expanded food bank, we were assisting 15 to 25 families a day. Today, we serve 70 to 150 households per day.

ICS partners with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to distribute over 3,500 emergency food bags each month to low-income seniors, individuals and families in need. Registered households can receive one food allotment per month, filled with basic food staples. As supplies are available, ICS allows recipients to select supplemental food items to stretch their resources. This extra food comes from community food drives and from people like you. The ICS Food Bank also stocks a small supply of personal hygiene items and provides emergency food bags for homeless individuals or households who have run out of food and are in crisis.

During the holidays, ICS gives out nearly 3,000 additional holiday food bags containing the makings of a traditional holiday meal. Each household also receives a turkey or chicken, depending on the family size.

The ICS Food Bank is the second largest provider of emergency food in Southern Arizona. We are dependent upon community food drives and donations to help keep the shelves stocked and to offer a selection of healthy foods to households in hardship. Volume purchasing arrangements with area food suppliers enables ICS to multiply every dollar donated many times over.

ICS serves clients from all across Pima County at its Food Bank. Those who turn to us are often in temporary crisis and need a little help to get over the hurdle.

Examples include:

  • A family whose breadwinner is out of work and has no income
  • Individuals or families who are experiencing an unexpected income drain, such as an illness, and need supplemental food supplies
  • Homeless or indigent persons
  • Clients referred from other programs or local faith communities

We are fortunate to have this wonderful facility and appreciate everyone who has helped us assist those most vulnerable in our community in meeting the vital and basic need for food.