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Jan. 5 - Arizona Republic:  DES Director: The Reality About Food Stamps

Jan. 16 - Arizona Republic article: About 33,000 Arizonans to lose food stamps - two-thirds in Maricopa County

The Association of Arizona Food Banks

This organization has coordinated some very good information on the SNAP changes on their site Click on “Advocacy” on the top bar, then on the drop down menu go to  “2016 SNAP Changes.” On that page, there are a couple of very helpful documents:  “Issue Briefing”  and  “Frequently Asked Questions.”  You can also email the organization if you have questions:


The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) administers Nutrition Assistance (formerly food stamps) for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.  These are links to the department’s site that may answer questions you have about the programs.

The local DES office is located at 5038 S. Price Rd, Tempe, 85282.  Phone: 602-771-0570.

Arizona DES

SNAP information

TANF information

DES office locator

Workforce Development

These sites list jobs available or have services to help with job training:

City of Tempe job opportunities

Goodwill Career Center

Genesis Youth Program

Arizona Workforce Connection Gilbert Career Center (One-Stop) for job search and job readiness programs, 735 N. Gilbert Rd. Ste. 134 Gilbert, 85234. Phone: 602-372-9700.

St. Joseph the Worker mobile unit for employment assistance, job search, financial assistance with transportation, uniforms, etc.  
East Valley representative: Carol Reed, email: , phone: 602-292-4294

Volunteer Opportunities
If you need help finding a volunteer opportunity, please check these sites:

City of Tempe Volunteer Opportunities

Tempe Community Action Agency


In addition to the sites listed above under Workforce Development, these sites also offer a variety of links or services for jobs or education opportunities for veterans:

Veterans Resources

East Valley Veterans Education Center