Farmers’ Market at CFB Helps Overcome Economic Barriers to Healthy Eating

The Community Food Bank’s Tuesday Farmers’ Market is promoting healthy eating by offering half off on purchases of fruits and vegetables, up to $10.00, when customers use Food Stamps.

The “healthy eating half off purchases” will be offered at the Tuesday Farmers’ Market at 3003 S. Country Club Road beginning January 8 through February 12, 2008.  The Farmers’ Market is open from 8:00 am until Noon.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reports that healthy foods cost more than unhealthy ones.  The results indicated that unhealthy, high calorie foods cost about $1.76 per 1,000 calories and that healthy, low calorie foods cost about $18.00 per 1,000 calories. A daily diet of 2,000 calories of healthy foods which includes fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains costs nearly ten times more than a diet of unhealthy food. The study’s author added, “The high cost of nutritious foods indicates the need to address the economic barriers to healthy living.”

The healthy foods promotion will provide a six week introduction to Food Stamp users to the Farmers’ Market where they can purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables, learn about gardening classes, visit the Nuestra Tierra Food Bank garden, and enjoy fresh food recipes and preparation demonstrations.

For more information, contact Kelly Watters at (520) 622-0525 x 242 or kwatters@communityfoodbank.com.



The Dish Bistro Hosts New Year’s Eve Fund Raising Event

The Dish BistroThe Dish Bistro, 3131 E. 1st, will be hosting a Champagne fund raising event for the Community Food Bank from 3 to 5 PM on New Year’s Eve.  The cost is $15.00 each, with the entire proceeds going to the Community Food Bank.  No reservations are required.  This will be a wonderful “pre” event for those going out, or can be a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration for those older folks, that wish to retire early. 

The Champagnes under the LVMH umbrella are:  Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, and Dom Ruinart.

The newest offering from Moet & Chandon – “Grand Vintage 2000″ – will be debuted at the tasting.

The tasting will be arranged as a “flow through” event – i.e. “informal” – participants will get started with a flute and proceed through the line-up of Champagnes (9 wines).  Though informal, the tasting is designed to be informative (and hopefully festive), as the line-up will show the nuance of various types and styles of Champagne:  Demi-Sec, Extra-Dry, Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Rose, and Vintage Champagne. 

Participants can then decide which style best suits their tastes.

Champagne-appropriate light snacks will be served.

Participation in the event will require a $15 donation to Community Food Bank. 

100% of that $15 will be forwarded to the Community Food Bank – the costs of food, wine, and service are underwritten by RumRunner/Dish and LVMH.

The tasting will run from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM, Monday, December 31, 2007.



Eating Between The Lines

David AndrewsYou are cordially invited to dinner and conversation with Brother David Andrews

Eating Between the Lines:
Where Our Food Comes From And Where It’s Going

View printable flyer

Thursday, January 17, 2008, 6 – 8:00 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church
400 E. University Blvd.

$6.50 per person, vegetarian option available
Please make reservations by contacting: Kitty Ufford-Chase at the Community Food Bank,
622-0525, x251 or kitty@communityfoodbank.org

View “The Ethics and Practices of Our Food System” event with Brother David Andrews that will happen 2 days later on the 19th of January.

Brother David Andrews:
25 year national and international advocate for a just food and farm system
Executive Director of National Catholic Rural Life Conference (1994—2007)
which sponsors the “Eating is a Moral Act” campaign, and the
Agribusiness Accountability Initiative
Law degree from Loyola University
Coordinator of Peace and Justice for Congregation of the Holy Cross
Accredited participant in last three World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle,
Cancun, and Hong Kong
Attended last two World Food Summits in Rome and World Summit on  
Development in South Africa
Board Member, Heifer Project International

Sponsored by the Community Food Bank Community Food Security Center 
and the Punch Woods Endowment Fund



Winterhaven Festival of Lights

winterhaven.jpgSince 1949 the Winterhaven Festival of Lights has been a Tucson tradition.  Every year over 100,000 people tour the neighborhood to view the holiday lights. 

Admission is free but visitors are asked to make a food or monetary donation to the Community Food Bank.

This year’s Festival of Lights runs from Saturday, December 15th through Friday, December 28th from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.  Visitors may walk all nights.  Drive through nights are December 18th, 20th and 27th. 

Horse drawn-drawn hay wagons and trolley rides are $12.00 to $16.00 per person. 

Information is available at the Winterhaven Office, 327-0111 or on line at www.winterhavenfestival.org.



The Ethics and Practices of Our Food System

David AndrewsAre you wondering about how you
support “justice for all?”
The Community Food Bank Community Food Security Center has asked Brother David Andrews to facilitate a no-cost, day-long gathering on the ethics and practices of our food system on Saturday, January 19, 2008, from 9 am to 4 pm.  People whose day to day work or lives do not specifically focus on food issues, but who wish to acquire a substantial understanding of food and food system issues to add to their knowledge of justice issues, will particularly benefit from the gathering. 

Some issues for consideration:
• Concentration of the food system
• Food insecurity for local people with low-incomes
• Farm workers and rural economies
• Access to federal food programs
• The Farm Bill in Congress
• Global trade in food
• Food production effects on the environment
• Public health

Fifteen participants will be invited to attend the January 19th gathering to consider and discuss complexities of the food system we all depend on.  If you would like to participate, please email Kitty Ufford-Chase at the Community Food Bank, kitty@communityfoodbank.org by Tuesday, January 8, 2008 with a brief list of your food issue questions, thoughts and experiences.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Kitty or call her at 622-0525, x251.
Brother David Andrews:
25 year national and international advocate for a just food and farm system
Executive Director of National Catholic Rural Life Conference (1994—2007)
which sponsors the “Eating is a Moral Act” campaign, and the
Agribusiness Accountability Initiative
Law degree from Loyola University
Coordinator of Peace and Justice for Congregation of the Holy Cross
Accredited participant in last three World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle,
Cancun, and Hong Kong
Attended last two World Food Summits in Rome and World Summit on  
Development in South Africa
Board Member, Heifer Project International



12 American Businesses Unite to Fight Hunger in Tucson

12 local businesses will unite to fight hunger on December 21, 2007.  DeWalt, Home Depot, Harley Davidson, 2 Men and a Truck, Tucson Unified School District, Habitat for Humanity, Citadel Radio Broadcasting, Western Warehouse, Texas Roadhouse, JobSite, Alliance for Construction Trades and the Community Food Bank will collect food at their respective locations from now until December 21, 2007. Watch for the food donation containers at these locations. 

On December 21st, all of the food collected will be moved to the Home Depot store at 7677 E. Broadway Blvd. (Broadway and Pantano) for a DeWalt event from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Donations of canned food at the DeWalt event that day will be rewarded as follows…

 5 Cans = Free DeWalt Koozie
 20 Cans = Free DeWalt Hat
 20 Cans, Plus = Free DeWalt T-shirt
Plus many more giveaways from all participating businesses.

If you forget your canned food, monetary donations will be accepted.  The Community Food Bank needs donations now more than ever during this holiday season.

For information on this event, contact Adriel Noriega, DeWalt representative at (520) 940-7887 or adriel.noriega@bdk.com.



CFB’S Anthony Bruno Receives a Parent Aid “2007 Teddy Award”

Anthony Bruno, the Community Food Bank’s Government Resources Manager, has been awarded the Parent Aid 2007 “Teddy Award” for Community Leadership. He received the award at a November 2, 2007 ceremony at the Arizona Inn.

Mr. Bruno was recognized for his contributions to Tucson and the surrounding communities in the area of child welfare.  He served on the Sahuarita School Board for eight years and founded a mobile 4H-Club to reach kids in rural areas.  .

Through his work with the Community Food Bank, Mr. Bruno has been instrumental in starting a summer meals program and negotiating with the Tohono O’Odham nation to expand the Child Nutrition Initiative to their community.  He has also been involved with Arizona Youth Soccer and Therapeutic Riding of Tucson.  Mr. Bruno was nominated by the Arizona Rural Human Services Network and the Community Food Bank

The mission of Parent Aid is to strengthen families and prevent child abuse. The Teddy Awards were started by Parent Aid more than a decade ago to recognize outstanding community leaders for their work to better the lives of children and families. 



Congresswoman Giffords and Mrs. Raul Grijalva to Speak at the Dedication of Camino de Esparanza

The Community Food Bank will dedicate its Camino de Esperanza (the Walk of Hope) on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 2:00 PM. 

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will speak following the dedication about the increasing demand for Community Food Bank services, and will urge Southern Arizonans to help meet this growing need during the holiday season.  Mrs. Raul Grijalva will be in attendance representing her husband Congressman Grijalva and will speak on his behalf at the dedication. 

Congresswoman Giffords and Mrs. Grijalva will be available for questions and interviews following their remarks.

The press conference will take place at the Community Food Bank. The public is invited to hear Congresswoman Giffords and Mrs. Grijalva’s remarks.

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