Recognizing that food pantries represent the first line of defense for households in economic crisis, the Agency created the Food & Integrated Resources (FAIR) Program.
Funded by United Way of Pinal County, the program focuses on building partnerships. The FAIR Program facilitates the allocation of Emergency Food and Shelter Programs dollars to local pantries and coordinates the mass purchase of food, significantly increasing the buying power of the local food pantries.
CAHRA manages the Santa Cruz Valley Food Pantry to address the nutritional needs of food insecure households in Eloy, Arizona City and Picacho areas. Staff also distributes fresh fruits and vegetables on a monthly basis. The produce is provided by United Food Bank.
The Community Garden gives residents access to fresh veggies. Gardeners receive guidance from the U of A Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program on what to plant and how to best care for those plants.