Emergency Services

Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) plays a vital role in providing a safety net of emergency services to our East Valley community. These include programs that help residents who are struggling to obtain some of the most basic necessities of life, such as food, rent and utilities, and shelter . If you or someone you know needs help in one or more of these areas, please visit our Get Help page. 

Food Assistance

TCAA coordinates many food programs for the most vulnerable children and adults in our community through a variety of programs involving many local partners. Keeping families and seniors healthy is a key priority.

Food assistance programs include:

Emergency food boxes

The TCAA Food Pantry, located at the Escalante Center at 2150 E. Orange Street, provides emergency food boxes for individuals and families in immediate need. The Pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Emergency food boxes are also available by request to those who are homebound.

The Pantry accepts food donations during normal business hours. Small donations can be dropped off at the reception window. Larger donations, such as bagged/boxed citrus and water should be brought to the loading doors in the rear of the facility. Pre-prepared meals are accepted for use in I-HELP.

Water bottle donations and drives are always appreciated!

SNAP enrollment and education

More than 1 million Arizonans are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP helps limited-income families expand their budgets to purchase food.  SNAP can be used to buy foods like fruits, vegetables, and meats at grocery stores, convenience stores, as well as farmers’ markets. It can also be used to purchase seeds and plants that produce food. 

TCAA assists individuals and families with completing their application and offers relevant information to those interested in applying.

I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program)

Dinner is provided every night of the year through the I-HELP homeless shelter program for 35 to 40 homeless individuals by teams of faith community volunteers.