Partner Agency Program

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona partners with approximately 250 other nonprofits, or partner agencies, who serve those in need. These agencies may receive food through Agency Market at the main Tucson branch, Grocery Rescue at retail stores across southern AZ, direct deliveries, assistance with building and maintaining food gardens, and other programs.

Partner agencies gain access to educational opportunities for staff and volunteers, and are eligible for small capacity building grants.

Who can be a partner agency?

Partner agencies must be 501c3 non-profits who serve people in need, under the umbrella of a 501c3, or a qualifying faith-based organization.

How do we apply?

  • Complete an Agency Application and provide a recent copy of your IRS 501c3 Letter of Determination. These can be mailed to the CFBSA Tucson branch with Attn: Alma Hernandez, or emailed to
  • Lead food handlers must attend a free 2-hr food safety class offered at the CFBSA main branch in Tucson. If your program serves meals or distributes meat, dairy, or prepared foods, lead food handlers must have a county-issued food handlers license, or be ServSafe certified.*
  • Agency Relations Coordinator schedules a time to meet you onsite, to learn about your program, conduct a food safety site inspection, and answer any questions.
  • Agency and CFB sign Partner Agency agreement, and the agency may begin receiving food through CFBSA. Agency Partnerships staff will schedule a brief visit to each partner agency once per year.

*If your organization serves meals, your kitchen must be certified by your county health department. If your organization does not prepare food, but distributes meat, dairy, or prepared foods, you must be in compliance with the following county-issued guidelines for Pima County or Cochise County.