“Stamp Out Hunger” Letter Carriers Drive

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     On Saturday, May 12, 2007, Southern Arizona letter carriers will collect food donations to benefit those at greatest risk in an effort to fight hunger during the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

 

     For the 15th year, the Community Food Bank will join the letter carriers’ effort to provide food to depleted supplies.  “In a typical year the Community Food Bank receives enough food from holiday drives to last until the National Letter Carriers Food Drive.  This past year holiday giving was down and we have already exhausted our food drive supply,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank CEO.

 

     To help Stamp Out Hunger in Southern Arizona, simply leave a bag of non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on May 12.  Food items should be in non-breakable containers such as boxes or cans. Local letter carriers will collect donations and deliver them to the Community Food Bank.  

 

     “May 12th marks the date that we can make a significant impact on hunger in Southern Arizona.  With the help of every letter carrier, their families, the staff of the Community Food Bank and hundreds of local volunteers, we CAN make a difference,” added Carnegie.

 

     For further information, contact Jack Parris at 622-0525 x 215

 

 



KID’S CLUBS AND TUCSON’S TABLE RECEIVED 5,000 DOZEN DONATED EGGS

Have you ever seen 5,000 Dozen eggs in one place?  Well, here’s your chance. 

Hickman Family Farms in Buckeye, Arizona delivered approximately 5,000 dozen eggs to the Community Food Bank on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 9:00 AM.  4,640 dozen eggs will benefit Tucson’s Table agencies.  360 dozen eggs will go for this year’s Easter egg hunts and activities at Kid’s Club sites in Tucson.  The delivery will be made to the Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Road. 

The eggs will be picked up by the Kid’s Club sites for use during their annual Easter activities. The Community Food Banks Kid’s Club program (formerly Kids Café) operates three days a week at nine different sites in the greater Tucson area – serving a total of 516 children every day.  The Food Bank partners with the Tucson Parks and Recreation KIDCO program to provide children free, nutritious snacks and a lesson in nutrition education.

 Tucson’s Table provides dry and perishable food and non-food products packed in retail and institutional size packing for use by non-profit (501 (c) (3) agencies with on-site feeding programs.  Tucson’s Table is currently serving over 400 agency feeding sites.  The eggs will benefit the children served by the agencies along with other programs. 

 “The donation of the eggs by Hickman Farms is appreciated.  The egg hunts and Easter activities will be a lot of fun for the kids,” said Sandra Vijsma, Child Nutrition Programs Manager.

 The egg donations statewide are being coordinated by the Association of Arizona Food Banks in Phoenix.

For more information, please contact Jack Parris at 622-0525 x 215.



Gleaning Exchange

t2t31.gifOn March 14, the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona brought together representatives of organizations fighting hunger in both Israel and Tucson to discuss gleaning and other food rescue programs.

Paul Leiba, of the Israeli food rescue agency Table to Table, met with Dr. Varga Garland of the Community Food Bank, to share information on the challenges they both face in providing food for those living below the poverty line.

Among their programs, both agencies operate gleaning projects. Volunteers harvest fruit and vegetables that would otherwise be left to rot and distribute them to non-profit agencies that feed the poor, such as food pantries and school nutrition programs. In Tucson, the efforts are focused primarily on collecting produce from private gardens, while in Israel they work mostly with small farms and orchards. Table to Table’s gleaning project is supported by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation.

t2t1.jpgPictured from left: Community Food Bank Vice President of Community Food Security Dr. Varga Garland, Jewish Community Foundation Vice President Esther Sherberg, Table to Table Director of Development Paul Leiba, and Jewish Community Foundation Trustee Ann Goldfein.

For more information, please call Nancy Ben-Asher Ozeri, Director of Communications at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona:  577-0388.



Charity Golf Tournament Benefits the Green Valley Food Bank

Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church’s Knights of Columbus group is hosting a Charity Golf Tournament to support the food bank. Please join us March 26th at the Desert Hills Golf Course. Call 777-3204 for more information. Thank you, Knights!



ARIZONA FARMERS’ MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM

March 1, 2007 marks the launch of the 6th season of the Arizona Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program at targeted open-air farmers’ markets around the state.  In honor of this valuable program, Governor Janet Napolitano has proclaimed the entire month of March “Arizona Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program” month.

 Last year, the program made available over $114,000 to markets in Arizona.  $30,850 of that came to our local economy to support two authorized markets the Community Food Bank manages.  They are the Farmers’ Market open on Tuesdays at the Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Road and the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market at Santa Cruz River Park (North Riverside and West Ontario) open on Thursdays.  The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program benefits ten local growers who produce a variety of vegetables and fruits for moms and kids enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women’s, Infants and Children Program (WIC).  Dwight English, owner of English Family Orchard in Willcox, Arizona remarked, “It’s a win/win for both our rural areas and for city kids and their mothers, giving us a chance to teach why to eat these foods, their health benefits and share the farming experience.”

The Arizona Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides moms and kids enrolled in the (WIC) Program with $30 worth of vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables redeemable only at authorized farmers’ markets.  Also available at the markets are fresh eggs, herbs, dried goods, plants, honey and more.  Both farmers’ markets accept food stamps, debit and credit cards.

For more information about the Food Bank’s Farmer’s Markets, please call Kelly Watters at 622-0525 x 242



MCFB Golf Tournament benefiting the Marana Community Food Bank

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Course: Heritage Highlands

4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd.

Marana, AZ 85653

Registration, Practice: 7:00 a.m.

Format: 4 person Scramble/Shotgun Start: 8:00 a.m.

Lunch, awards, and raffle immediately following

For more information, to register or make a donation: please contact Dan Pacheco at 520-400-6210



5th Annual Hot Rods & Hot Dogs Fundraiser for the Community

Raytheon will hold its 5th annual Hot Rods & Hot Dogs classic auto show at its airport location (1151 E. Hermans Road) on Monday, April 9, 2007, from 11am-1pm. Admission is a monetary donation or can of  food; lunch (2 hot dogs, chips & soda) is $3.00. All proceeds go to the Tucson Community Food Bank.



Write a Will Seminars

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Join Us for Write A Will Month!

Together, the Community Food Bank, Council on Aging Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Tucson, Literacy Volunteers of Tucson, Pima Community College and YMCA Foundation are hosting free seminars on writing a will.

It has been said that a person will work more than forty years to accumulate assets, will spend ten years conserving what has been accumulated, but will spend almost no time planning how it will be distributed after their lifetime. One of the greatest burdens to a family is the economic chaos created by someone’s death. Having an up-to-date will can alleviate that burden.Community Food Bank, together with our partners Council on Aging Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Tucson, Literacy Volunteers of Tucson, Pima Community College and YMCA Foundation, and in conjunction with LEAVE A LEGACY® Southern Arizona, is pleased to present Write A Will information sessions during March 2007, as a community education program.

Attorneys Robby Adamson, Ben Burnside, Chris Mathis and Kay Richter are volunteering their time to present the material.

Who should come? All Community Food Bank friends, staff and volunteers who are interested in learning more about making or updating a will, how to protect even the most modest estate, or ways they can formalize their wishes and ensure those wishes are known and respected. 

The workshop is a 60 to 90 minute interactive session that includes a question and answer component and a complimentary workbook, “A Guide to Planning Your Will or Trust” for recording important information regarding the preparation of your will. Light refreshments will be served.

Call the Community Food Bank for more information or to register for a session at 622-0525 ext. 492.



Food Drive and Raffle at Hi Corbet Field

Spring Training Game
Rockies vs. Cubs
Come out for a day of fun and help your community!