Marana Farm Grand Opening

The Farm is part of Marana’s Heritage Park and is a partnership between The Community Food Bank Community Food Security Center, the Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department and many community members.  It will use organic growing methods and strive to operate a farm that improves the health of the community and environment. 

Admission is free.

127375 N. Heritage Park Drive (for more information and directions to the farm click here)

For more info please contact Dana Helfer at 622-0525 x 249

click here to view the Grand Opening poster (PDF)


Flutists of all ages and experience will perform throughout the day in a marathon recital.

Admission is free, but those attending are asked to bring canned goods.

Proceeds and canned goods donations will benefit the Community Food Bank.

Aria Bell Court Gardens

6653 E. Carondelet Drive

For more info please contact Jerry Ervin at 885-2509

Community Food Bank to Extend Drive Away Hunger Raffle

Community Food Bank officials have decided to extend the drawing date of the Food Bank’s “Drive Away Hunger” Car Raffle to Friday, September 28, 2007 at 9:00 AM.  The deadline for purchasing raffle tickets will be Wednesday, September 26th at 4:00 PM. 

Many Community Food Bank supporters and winter visitors are away at this time of year. The Food Bank would like to give everyone who wishes to participate, in the “Drive Away Hunger” Car Raffle, a chance to purchase tickets. The extension will help accomplish that purpose.  

Tickets for the “Drive Away Hunger” Car Raffle are $50 each or three for $100.  They may be ordered on-line at, or by calling 622-0525 x 492.

Marana Branch Announces Two New Staff Members

Two new staff members have joined the Marana Branch Food Bank.  They are Cecilia E. Munoz and Judith P. Schwartz.  The appointments were announced by Joy Tucker, Community Food Bank Senior Vice President of Facilities.

 Cecilia Munoz is the new Marana Branch Food Bank Manager.  She has an extensive background in public education with positions at Pima Community College and The University of Arizona.  Also, she has been a small business owner and worked in the medical field. 

 Judith Schwartz is the new Marketing and Development Coordinator.  She is a long time educator serving in the special education area of schools in California, Ohio and Arizona.  Judith is involved in many activities in the Marana community.

 The Marana Branch Food Bank serves the Marana, Arizona area and is located at 11734 West Grier Road.  The telephone number is (520) 682-3001.  The Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Emergency Food Boxes are available from 9:30 AM until 2:30 PM on those days.

 For more information about this release, contact Joy Tucker at (520) 622-0525 x 228 or Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215.

Winners of the Drive Away Hunger Early Bird Drawing!

The Community Food Bank held the Early Bird Drawing for its “Drive Away Hunger” Car Raffle on Saturday, July 21st at Precision Toyota.  The drawing for five $1,000 prizes was held during a radio remote broadcast on 92.9, The Mountain.

The five winners are…
Cheryl Seaton, Tucson – $1,000
Lee Fike, Tucson – $1,000
Fredrick Shefte, Tucson $1,000
Jane Russin, Tucson – $1,000
Lucille, Netsch, Tucson $1,000

 A drawing for two free “Drive Away Hunger” raffle ticket was also held and the winners are Sue Elwood, Oro Valley – one ticket and Julia and Robert Davis, Tucson – one ticket.

 The “Drive Away Hunger” Car Raffle continues with the Grand Prize drawing held on August 15, 2007.   First prize will be a Toyota Highlander Hybrid, second prize a Toyota Camry Hybrid and third prize a Toyota Prius Hybrid.

 Raffle tickets are $50 each or three for $100.  Tickets may be purchased by clicking here or by calling 622-0525 x 492.  Net proceeds from this raffle benefit the Community Food Bank and will be used to help hungry people in Southern Arizona.

 For further information contact Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 X 215

University of Phoenix MBA Open House

The Community Food Bank is pleased to partner with the University of Phoenix for their “MBA Open House” on Wednesday, July 25, 2007, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Each person attending the open house is asked to bring three cans of food for the Community Food Bank.

Summer is the time when the desert heats up and many people take vacations to cooler climes.  But for thousands of Tucsonans, there is no vacation from hunger.  About 60% of the people served by the Food Bank are children and senior citizens.  While many children have access to school meals programs when school is in session, those programs stop in the summertime, leaving parents scrambling to find ways to feed their families.  That is why requests for emergency food boxes are up 34%.  Now is a critical time for us to help fill the 14,000 food boxes the Food Bank distributes every month. 

This University of Phoenix food collection event will help us meet this increased demand.  And the “MBA Open House” is a perfect opportunity for working adults to learn about the advantages of getting a Masters degree at the University of Phoenix.  The MBA program utilizes problem-based learning where students refine their problem-solving skills along with their communication, creativity, and critical-thinking skills.   

The “MBA Open House” will take place Wednesday, July 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Phoenix Williams Centre Learning Center, 300 South Craycroft Road in Tucson.  All food collected at this open house will benefit the Community Food Bank.
For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215 or by cell phone at (520) 444-5412.


The Community Food Bank Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of Diane Frisch as a new member of the Board.

Frisch currently serves as Vice President and General Manager of the Journal Broadcast Group- Tucson Operations.  The stations are: KMXZ-FM (“MIXfm” 94.9), KQTH-FM (“The Truth” News/Talk 104.1), KGMG-FM (“MEGA”106.3/104.9) and KFFN-AM (ESPN 1490 “The Fan” Sport Radio).

Ms. Frisch’s background includes General Manager positions for both radio and television properties in Idaho and Arizona.  She has been recognized for her community involvement with the University of Arizona “Women Who Lead” Award, the Silver Award – League of United Latin American Citizens, and as Leadership Speaker for the University of Indiana.  Ms. Frisch has also served on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Tucson.
Ms. Frisch was elected at the March 23, 2007 Community Food Bank Board meeting and will serve a three year term.

Food Fight-The 2007 Farm Bill

On May 1, Dr. Varga Garland, vice president of the Community Food Security Center at CFB, joined a distinguished panel to discuss the Farm Bill. Other panel members included Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., director of UMC’s Integrated Medicine Program; Scotty Hanson, director of Defenders of Wildlife; and Southern Arizona farmer and activist John Rueb.

Follow the Food and Farm Bill…and Act On It!

Dan Imhoff, author of Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill, gave the keynote address to a packed house of concerned citizens. They learned:


•The Farm Bill is the single largest and most important appropriation to impact the health and well-being of every American. About $90 billion is allotted every five years for the Farm Bill. This taxpayer-funded initiative determines to a large extent what Americans eat.

•Agribusiness has traditionally lobbied congressional representatives, resulting in legislation that favors corporations over citizens’ health and small farmers who grow healthy food crops.

•The Farm Bill subsidizes the widespread use of surplus corn in the form of corn syrup, which is added into most industrially produced foods and is thought to be the biggest cause of obesity and diabetes in the United States. As Dr. Weil pointed out, “We are subsidizing obesity and diabetes through the current Farm Bill!”

Join CFB in making sure we all have a say in this critical legislation! We would like your help working toward a Farm Bill that:


•Positively impacts the health of all people

•Supports healthy food production by encouraging local farming and fresher sources of food

•Provides healthy food for schools

•Expands access for food stamp debit cards

•Provides more funds for sustainable farming practices and research


There are many more issues we would like our 2007 Farm Bill to address. To learn more, visit us at and click on Farm Bill. You’ll find information on additions to the bill that CFB supports, as well as letters and contact information for your representatives

“The United States’ main farm and food policies—which Congress will renew this year in the Farm Bill—address such critical issues as agricultural production, food and nutrition assistance, rural development, renewable energy, equity, and conservation policies. However, many of these policies do not adequately cover all of our nation’s farmers, nor do they provide accessible, healthy foods for many Americans. The upcoming farm bill is an opportunity for these public policies to result in better management of a farm and food system that serves us all.”