Food Donations & Food Drives

Free Food signs Mobile Food Bank ICS Food Banks are dependent on community food drives and donations to help keep the shelves stocked and to offer a variety of healthy foods to individuals and families in hardship. All donated items are immediately distributed, serving more than 1,700 families or households each month.

Food drives can also include monetary donations. Volume purchasing arrangements with area food suppliers enable ICS to multiply every donated dollar many times over.

Give to the Food Bank

ICS welcomes and needs food donations year-round. Food can be dropped off at two locations. No appointment is necessary.

Northwest Food Bank
2820 W. Ina Road
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Eastside Food Drop-off
on the campus of New Spirit Lutheran Church
8701 E. Old Spanish Trail
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Non-perishable food items
Fresh and frozen produce
Dairy and frozen packaged meats
Canned Pasta sauce
Peanut butter
Boxed cereal
Canned fruit, veggies, and soups
Beans and/or rice
Meals in pop-top cans like chili and ravioli
Canned tuna, chicken, and other meats
Shelf-stable milk
Extra citrus and produce from home gardens
Diapers (child and adult) and wipes

Organize a Food Drive

Drives for food, diapers (adult and child) and personal hygiene items are always needed. Many groups have made food drives a successful project.

A food/food and fund drive is ideal for faith communities, neighborhoods, businesses, service clubs, schools, military units, scouts, sports teams, and any group of dedicated people who want to do something to help fight hunger in our community. Be creative!

In most instances, ICS can supply collection boxes, signage, and flyers for you to use; pick-ups can be arranged with advanced notice.

To conduct a food drive contact Joshua Hennings, Food Distribution Manager, at (520) 244-0236 or jhennings@icstucson.org

ICS Annual Food Drives

Lotsa Pasta
February is noodle time! In collaboration with community partners, ICS sets out to collect 5,000 1-pound packages of pasta and 5,000 cans of sauce in one (short) month.

Peanut Butter Party
Held every year for the entire month of July, the Peanut Butter Party brings in more than 10,000 jars of the protein-rich spread to offset higher demand in the summer months. Faith community partners hold drives within their congregations and compete to collect the most jars.

Stuff the Truck
The challenge: fill the entire Mobile Food Bank truck with donated food. The truck stops at sites around Tucson to pick up food collected by faith community partners.

Fall Food Drive
The month of October is time for the Fall Food Drive! This month, help us to collect non-perishable pantry staples along with holiday food items like potatoes, gravy, canned green beans, and more!