The East Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is commited to sharing information and sources that can help our community in the East Valley during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are resources we found valuable to share with the community in the city of Mesa, Arizona.
On March 27, 2020, the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act.
That Act, which attempts to address issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, includes funding available at the local level for qualifying residents and small businesses among other provisions.
In order to prepare for relief funds, the City of Mesa has launched a program called Mesa CARES to assess our community’s needs.
Part of this program includes the Mesa Community Resource Call Center and web site for businesses and residents to get information and referrals to services.
- The United Food Bank has successfully restructured their Help Yourself program to streamline the process and maintain social distancing. They are currently distributing food on Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St.
- United Food Bank is also partnering with Waste Not, an organization focused on collecting and distributing excess perishable food items that would otherwise be thrown away. READ MORE
- If you find your family in need of food go to www.azfoodbanks.org to find a local food bank near you. We’ve also created a map of many East Valley food banks and distribution sites. Be sure to call ahead for days and times that they are open.
- Native Health Food Programs
- Mesa Public Schools – Beginning Monday, April 13 open sites will continue to serve food on Monday, Wednesday & Friday ONLY from 9 – 11 a.m. See the MPS Food & Nutrition page for full details about which schools will continue to be used as serving sites.
- Information about meal distribution for Mesa residents who attend or live near a Gilbert Public School is available on the Gilbert Public Schools website.
- Meals on Wheels will continue to operate as usual and has some capacity for new members. Participation is limited to eligible older and disabled adults who have challenges with activities of daily living. Subsidized and fee for service options are available. For more information, call 480-964-9014.
- Aster Senior Centers are transitioning from weekday lunches to packaged “Pick-Up & Go Meals”. Participation is limited to community members age 60+ and registration is needed. A suggested contribution is requested of $3.50 per meal. Reservations are required by 2:00 p.m. the previous day. For more information, call Aster Senior Center Red Mountain 480-218-2221 or Downtown 480-962-5612.
- The Area Agency on Aging has a 24-hour helpline for seniors unable to access groceries: 602-264-HELP (4357). Staff can assist seniors and caregivers in answering questions about transportation, housing, long-term care, home delivered meals, home care, and other numerous services.
- Our homeless population will continue to be served by St. Vincent de Paul and Paz de Cristo. Meals can be picked up at St. Vincent de Paul every day from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at 67 W. Broadway Rd. Paz de Cristo adjusted their meal service at 424 W. Broadway Rd. They will now distribute Grab n’ Go meals every night from 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
- WIC remains available and is providing appointments by phone and online. WIC serves women who are pregnant, are breastfeeding an infant up to one year old plus infants and children up to the age of 5.
- The Arizona Pet Project has resources for pet food assistance.
Grocery Store Hours for Seniors (65+) – hours may vary by location, check with your local retailer
- AJs Grocery Store – Wednesdays from 5 a.m. – 6 a.m.
- Albertson’s – Tuesday & Thursday from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- Basha’s – Wednesdays from 5 a.m. – 6 a.m.
- Costco – Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- Food City – Wednesday from 5 a.m. – 6 a.m.
- Fry’s – Seniors 60+ Monday – Thursday 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.
- Ranch Market – Daily 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.
- Safeway – Tuesday & Thursday from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- Sam’s Club – Tuesday & Thursday from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- Target – First hour of store opening for guests 65+, pregnant women and those considered vulnerable or at risk per the CDC
- Walgreens – Tuesday 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
- Walmart – Seniors 60+ Tuesdays between 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.