Arizona Department of Economic Security Grant

On July 31, 2007, the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Office of Procurement awarded a contract to the Community Food Bank (CFB) based in Tucson.  This contract is to provide food distribution services to a five county area of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima and Santa Cruz counties.  The contract will take effect September 1, 2007 and run through June 30, 2008.

 These counties are also assigned to the Community Food Bank by America’s Second Harvest to increase the amount, quality and variety of food distributed to this area.   America’s Second Harvest is the nation’s largest charitable hunger-relief organization.  The Community Food Bank is also a member of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, a six member regional food bank network, and participates in the Statewide Gleaning Project. 

 The Community Food Bank has a long history of serving the residents of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties.  In the mid 1980s CFB fostered the growth and establishment of the Southeast Arizona Food Bank in Willcox… a strategic area for serving Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties.  Around 1989, the CFB helped local citizens in Nogales establish a food bank and in the early 1990s took over its operation and incorporated it into a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was later to become Borderland Food Bank.  The Borderland Food Bank became locally operated in 1997.

 “Our goal is to serve the hungry people of Southern Arizona in an efficient and compassionate manner, providing a wide variety of nutritious food products and to reestablish viable food banking in the region,” said Bill Carnegie, President and CEO of the Community Food Bank.  “This DES grant will go a long way to move us to the next level in accomplishing that goal.”

 For information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215.