Desert Manna, Inc. is a Food Pantry in East Mesa, Arizona.
Each week we distribute boxes of food at no cost and with no strings attached to families in need in our community.
Do you need help?
We are equipped to serve the community living between Power Road and Meridian, and between McKellips Road and Southern Avenue. If you live outside of this area, we suggest that you go to the website of either the United Food Bank or St Mary’s Food Bank, which can direct you to a Food Pantry closer to you. Since there are about 10,000 people living in our area, we find it necessary to limit ourselves in order to serve them effectively.
Dessert Manna Food Pantry is open for distribution of food every Saturday from 9 am to 12 noon. We have been averaging about 500 boxes of food each week, which means that 500 or more families are being fed each week through this Food Pantry.
The first time you come, we ask that you bring some form of ID and some kind of proof of current residence. This can be a Driver’s License or other government-issued ID, a water or electric bill, a vehicle registration, a piece of mail addressed to you at your residence, etc. This is required because in order to do the most we can for the greatest number of families, there is a limit of one box of food per household per week. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
We give out food to as many as come, until we run out. This has not usually been a problem, but you should know that the rule is “first come, first served.”
The content of the boxes varies from one week to another and is dependent upon what we receive from our donating sources. However, each week we try to see to it that the boxes contain at least: Rice, Beans, Pasta, Canned Goods, Frozen Meat, and Bread and other Bakery Items.
590 N. 96th Street, Mesa AZ 85207, on the campus of Calvary Free Lutheran Church.
(480) 981-3993 (This phone is in the above mentioned Calvary Free Lutheran Church office.)
Food distribution is on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
Would you like to Help?
There are many ways you can help at the Desert Manna Food Pantry!
You can donate food. We take non-perishable food items that have NOT expired. When donating food, please make sure all food items have not expired and that the packages are not opened.
You can volunteer your time and energy at the Food Pantry. For example, our volunteers come in on Thursday evenings to pack non-perishable items in the boxes, in preparation for the following Saturday’s distribution. We start working at 5:30 pm and continue until we are done. Perishable items are added to the boxes on Saturday, just before we give the boxes out. We also need volunteers to help carry the boxes of food out to people’s cars on Saturdays.
You can help finance the Food Pantry. We drive a refrigerated truck to pick up donated food every day. There are fuel and maintenance costs for the truck, and for our facility, which includes walk-in refrigerators and freezers to keep food fresh. Some food is also not donated and must be purchased. Your donations are tax-deductible, as we are a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization.
Currently we have a need to upgrade our freezer capacity with a single walk-in unit instead of the 12 stand-alone freezers we are using. This will allow a more cost-effective use of electricity and free up more space for storage of non-perishable foods so that we can serve more people. If you would like to help with this need, please let us know!
You can pray for us, and for the people who are being helped through this effort. Pray for safety as we work, and for God’s provision and His blessing on all the generous donors who are giving so that this work can go on. Many people have needs other than food that we may not be able to meet.
You can Email us to find out more about volunteer opportunities.