CFB IN NEED OF FINANCIAL & FOOD DONATIONS

     The Community Food Bank is in need of help. Financial and food donations are down and the Food Bank is experiencing an increase in requests for emergency food boxes.  Financial giving is off 10% from this time last year, with food donations down 8%.  “This is having a significant impact on our resource,” said President and CEO, Bill Carnegie.  “Combine these deficiencies with an increase of over 1,000 additional emergency food boxes each month and you begin to understand the problem,” he added.

      The Food Bank is especially concerned as summer approaches and more local families with children will be needing food.  Each emergency food box the Food Bank distributes provides about $33.00 worth of food.  “If we could get everyone to sponsor one or two emergency food boxes for a local family during the month of March, it would really help,” added Carnegie.

      To hear the full story from CEO Bill Carnegie, contact Jack Parris at 622-0525 x 215 or by cell phone at 444-5412.

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UA COMMUNITY JOINS TOGETHER TO FEED HUNGRY CHILDREN

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A staggering 50,000 children are living below poverty level in Pima County. UA4Food, the University of Arizona’s annual food drive, is bringing together faculty, staff, student groups and local merchants to raise food and the money to buy food to benefit the Community Food Bank’s Snak Paks for Kids™ program.

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Snak Paks for Kids™ helps children who receive reduced cost lunches at school by filling back packs with nutritious snacks every Friday so they don’t go hungry over the weekend. “Last year UA4Food focused on the Snak Paks for Kids™ program and the results were amazing,” said Holly Altman, Outreach Coordinator for the UA Office of Community Relations. “Our monetary donations grew from $7,000 in 2005 to over $42,000 in 2006. The UA campus and local business community responded to the message that hungry children are less likely to succeed at school. Hundreds of people reached out to help.”

As a result of UA’s successful drive last year, the Community Food Bank has expanded the Snak Paks program to include eight schools. According to Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie, “The UA4Food project has made a huge impact on our efforts to reach hungry children in Pima County.  We are deeply grateful for the University’s assistance in this battle.”

This year’s UA4Food partners include the Main Gate Square Merchants Association, Marshall Foundation, Project Volunteer, Spring Fling, Pan-Hellenic Council, UA Bookstore, Arizona Athletics, ASUA and Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAK).

UA4Food events take place from February 27 – April 30, with the Main Gate Square Kick Off taking place on Friday, March 2, from 5-8 pm.

Contacts:

Pauline Hechler, Community Food Bank, 622-0525 ext. 234 or 668-8208

Holly Altman, University of Arizona, 626-4671

Jaime Gutierrez, University of Arizona, 621-3316 or 822-7852



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Feinstein “Million-Dollar Challenge”

“If a man from Rhode Island is willing to help fight hunger in your community, won’t you please consider donating?”

The Rhode Island philanthropist, Alan Shawn Feinstein, will add money to monetary or food donations given to the Community Food Bank between March 1 and April 30.

For the tenth year in a row, Feinstein will divide $1 million nationwide among agencies involved in the fight against hunger that use it to help them raise funds during March and April 2007.

Every anti-hunger organization in the U.S. can earn a share of the $1 million – up to $50,000. Each dollar collected is worth $1, and each pound of food collected is also worth $1 in this annual challenge to fight hunger.



Gardening Basics

Learn to Grow Your Own Food!

In a series of bilingual, hands-on, natural (chemical-free)

Vegetable Gardening Workshops

*All workshops are free. Donations are accepted*

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**Open to anyone interested in gardening!**

Gardening Basics: Part 1: Learn how to choose a garden location, improve desert soil, water for conservation and plant seeds and starter plants.
Gardening Basics: Part 2: Learn how to recognize and manage weeds, how to build and manage a compost pile, manage plant diseases and pests, and harvest and store your garden bounty.
School Garden Planning: Plan for the logistics of school garden  and explore age-appropriate learning activities.

Spring Schedule:

MARCH

Saturday 10th 9:00 am– 1:00 pm: Gardening Basics: Part 1
Saturday 24th 9:00 am-1:00 pm: Gardening Basics: Part 2

APRIL

Saturday 21th 8:00 am– 12:00 pm: Gardening Basics: Part 1
Saturday 28th 8:00 am- 12:00 pm: School Garden Planning

MAY

Saturday 12th 8:00 am-12:00 pm: Gardening Basics: Part 2

All workshops take place in “Nuestra Tierra,” the garden at the Community Food Bank (3003 S. Country Club Rd.)

Offered in English and Spanish!

Learn more: Market and Demonstration Garden & Home Garden Program. For more information contact Michelle Kuhns at the Community Food Bankmkuhns@communityfoodbank.com, 622-0525, x 240, 3003 S. Country Club Rd.



FEDERAL CUTS IN FOOD ASSISTANCE

Read release from the National CSFP Association

Contacts:
Joy Tucker, Community Food Bank, 622-0525 ext. 228 or 444-0667

According to the National Commodity Supplemental Food Program Association (CSFP), “Nearly half a million needy Americans, mostly low-income and homebound senior citizens, would lose access to life-sustaining meal deliveries and nutrition services under President George W. Bush’s renewed push to eliminate a $108M food assistance program serving two-thirds of the country.” (Please see attached release for details.)

            At the local level, that could mean a reduction of food to 4600 mothers, children and seniors over 60 who look to the Community Food Bank for assistance each month.  Of the 3300 seniors, 600 are homebound or shut-ins.

            Proposing the elimination of CSFP is not new to the Federal Government Administration.  Last year, the Food Bank delivered over 4,000 letters to Congressmen Kolbe and Grijalva and to Senator Kyle.