COVID-19 Support Free Food and Meals

Free food and meals in the Tucson and surrounding area on a certain day of the week.

• Tucson Food Share: Food Not Bombs has started a grocery distribution program that gives out free groceries twice a week to anyone who needs them. The distributions happen Mondays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. at 403 N. Fifth St. You can also request a delivery through their website.  

• Sammy's Mexican Grill: This Mexican restaurant in Catalina is offering free meals to anyone in the Tucson area who is out of work and hungry. Just come inside and tell them where you were previously working, and they will make you anything off the menu. They are located at 16502 N. Oracle Road. Limit one meal per person. Available during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

• La Cocina: Downtown's La Cocina restaurant is serving free meals to restaurant workers displaced by the crisis. Stop by Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2-4 p.m. at 201 N. Court Ave. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. A recent meal (Monday, April 27) was a roasted chicken leg quarter, potatoes and a green salad. Call 520-444-5155 for more information. 

-Food Distribution at Victory Church: On Mondays, we will be meeting at South Campus from 8am-12pm and Wednesdays and Saturdays we will be at the Ruthrauff Campus to distribute food bags to anyone in need.

• Carnitas for the Community: Forbes Meat Company is partnering with Geronimo's Revenge, Thunder Canyon Brewery and the People's Defense Initiative to give out boxed carnitas tacos. They're operating every Tuesday, 2-6 p.m. at Thunder Canyon Brewery, 220 E. Broadway. 

• Sammy's Mexican Grill: This Mexican restaurant in Catalina is offering free meals to anyone in the Tucson area who is out of work and hungry. Just come inside and tell them where you were previously working, and they will make you anything off the menu. They are located at 16502 N. Oracle Road. Limit one meal per person. Available during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

• Sammy's Mexican Grill: This Mexican restaurant in Catalina is offering free meals to anyone in the Tucson area who is out of work and hungry. Just come inside and tell them where you were previously working, and they will make you anything off the menu. They are located at 16502 N. Oracle Road. Limit one meal per person. Available during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

• La Cocina: Downtown's La Cocina restaurant is serving free meals to restaurant workers displaced by the crisis. Stop by Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2-4 p.m. at 201 N. Court Ave. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. A recent meal (Monday, April 27) was a roasted chicken leg quarter, potatoes and a green salad. Call 520-444-5155 for more information. 

--Food Distribution at Victory Church: On Mondays, we will be meeting at South Campus from 8am-12pm and Wednesdays and Saturdays we will be at the Ruthrauff Campus to distribute food bags to anyone in need.

• 4th Avenue Deli: They will give away 25 grab-and-go sandwiches every Thursday for out-of-work service industry workers or people in need of a meal. Options include turkey and provolone, ham and swiss, roast beef and cheddar, as well as a veggie option. They are open from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Call 520-624-3354 for availability.

• Tucson Food Share: Food Not Bombs has started a grocery distribution program that gives out free groceries twice a week to anyone who needs them. The distributions happen Mondays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. at 403 N. Fifth St. You can also request a delivery through their website.  

• Sammy's Mexican Grill: This Mexican restaurant in Catalina is offering free meals to anyone in the Tucson area who is out of work and hungry. Just come inside and tell them where you were previously working, and they will make you anything off the menu. They are located at 16502 N. Oracle Road. Limit one meal per person. Available during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

• Sammy's Mexican Grill: This Mexican restaurant in Catalina is offering free meals to anyone in the Tucson area who is out of work and hungry. Just come inside and tell them where you were previously working, and they will make you anything off the menu. They are located at 16502 N. Oracle Road. Limit one meal per person. Available during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

• La Cocina: Downtown's La Cocina restaurant is serving free meals to restaurant workers displaced by the crisis. Stop by Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2-4 p.m. at 201 N. Court Ave. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. A recent meal (Monday, April 27) was a roasted chicken leg quarter, potatoes and a green salad. Call 520-444-5155 for more information. 

• Sammy's Mexican Grill: This Mexican restaurant in Catalina is offering free meals to anyone in the Tucson area who is out of work and hungry. Just come inside and tell them where you were previously working, and they will make you anything off the menu. They are located at 16502 N. Oracle Road. Limit one meal per person. Available during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  

--Food Distribution at Victory Church: On Mondays, we will be meeting at South Campus from 8am-12pm and Wednesdays and Saturdays we will be at the Ruthrauff Campus to distribute food bags to anyone in need.

• Pop's Hot Chicken: Stop by American Eat Co. and get a free Pop's Hot Chicken sandwich every Sunday, noon to 4 p.m., for the next few weeks. The meal is sponsored by the program Feeding Those Who Feed Us through the Peoples Defense Initiative. American Eat Co. is located at 1439 S. Fourth Ave. 

Free lunch for kids: Many area school districts and schools are distributing free meals for children under 18 every weekday. Here's a huge list of where to go. https://thisistucson.com/schools/updated-a-huge-list-of-places-to-find-free-meals/article_a998ef24-67d3-11ea-9c06-b740ecd2d470.html

• Free meals for refugees: Iskashitaa Refugee Network provides free produce for asylum seekers, refugees and underserved members of the community. Follow their Facebook page to learn more about their organization. Or call 520-440-0100.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona: The Tucson Community Food Bank is offering a drive-thru and limited touch distribution from its headquarters at 3003 S. Country Club Road. New hours are Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. They also provide a regularly-updated map of free meals across Southern Arizona at communityfoodbank.org/Locations/Tucson. Make sure you call each location ahead of time to verify hours and requirements.

 • The 3000 Club distributes prepacked boxes filled with up to 60 pounds of produce for a $10 donation every Saturday at its Market on the Move. The event is from 8-10 a.m. at the 3000 Club warehouse, 4515 E. 22nd St. Cash is the only form of payment currently accepted. A list of the produce that will be available is posted on the 3000 Club Facebook page late Friday afternoon. 

Borderlands Produce Rescue distributes up to 70 pounds of produce at different locations weekly through its Produce on Wheels-With Out Waste program for $12. The locations rotate every week and the schedule can be found here. 

Hotel Congress has set up an online market for orders of hard-to-find items, produce, pantry essentials, refrigerated food, beer, wine and liquor. Items include toilet paper, rice, eggs, bread, potatoes, ground beef. Orders are due before 1 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays and can be picked up on Mondays and Thursdays between 3-6 p.m. Find the order form here.  

5 Points Market & Restaurant, 756 S Stone Ave., is doing curbside pickup and limited delivery on produce, pantry essentials and grocery items including milk, eggs, baking items and household goods. View the full list here. 

Merit Foods Arizona, a locally-owned food distribution company, is doing curb-side pick up for foods like meat, produce, beans and canned goods at its warehouse, 1471 W. Commerce Court. You can place your order by phone by calling 884-8232 or show up in person to place your order and have it brought out to your car. The business says phone lines have been very busy, so it's better to go in person than to leave a voicemail. Orders can only be picked up Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A catalog of items can be found here and prices vary. Keep up with changes and more info on the company's Facebook page. 

Merchant's Garden has organized a drive up produce stand where you can pick up freshly-harvested hydroponic greens including butter, green leaf and red leaf lettuces, bok choy, green leaf and red leaf salanova for $8 per bag (includes three heads of lettuce). The produce stand is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located at 555 S. Tucson Blvd. Only debit or credit cards are accepted. A 25 percent discount is available for military, health professionals, students at TUSD, University of Arizona and Pima Community College and individuals who use food stamps.  Go here for more information. 

• The popular Santa Cruz River Farmer's Market is now operating as a drive up market. The market is on Thursdays from 8-10 a.m. in the empty lot across the street from Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. To get to the market from Congress Street, head south on Linda Avenue and west on Calle de los Higos. Drive up and food bank staff will assist you. Cash, debit, credit, SNAP benefits/food stamps will all be accepted. The double-up food bucks match for SNAP/food stamps will also still be available at this market. Go here to see what items will be available for the week and more information.

• Local butcher Forbes Meat Company will deliver boxes of locally-raised sustainable meat directly to your door. You can pick up a large meat box and store it in your freezer. Check their Facebook for more information, and then text your order and questions to 520-474-2714. 

LemonShark Poke has several food staples and household items for sale including flour, sugar, white rice, spaghetti noodles and sauce, fajita chicken, shredded cheese and bleach. Items can be picked up at the restaurant at 2501 E. Grant Road, or they can be delivered to your home. You can also pre-pay for items over the phone so they can be set aside for you by calling 520-771-6681. The restaurant is also offering a free roll of toilet paper to anyone over 60 years old with no purchase necessary, and a free roll of toilet paper with every poke bowl purchase upon request.