We Are What We Eat

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We Are What We Eat
Stories and dance about the food we eat and the systems that feed us
Featuring choreography and dance by NEW ARTiculations artists as well as Tucson community
members who love to eat, cook, grow food, and dance!
3 performances:

Thursday, April 24   
5:00 pm (free, excerpts only)
Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market (new location)
1390 W. Speedway Blvd.

Saturday, April 26    
2:30 pm (free) 
Community Food Bank
3003 S. Country Club Rd.

Sunday, April 27   
6:00 pm  ($12/$15)
Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N. Alvernon Rd.

Come early to enjoy the gardens, learn about Tucson food organizations,  and sample tasty food. Performance begins at 7:00 pm.  Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Available at Antigone Books,  411 N. 4th Ave. or online at www.newarticulations.org.

Information: 405-4138 or 882-6092
About the project:

We Are What We Eat is a collaboration between NEW ARTiculations and the Community Food Security Center of the Community Food Bank. The project uses modern dance and community stories to reveal how food connects us to each other, our environment, and our everyday lives. Through interactive workshops in dance, writing, and discussion, the project has engaged over 100 community participants in a “moving dialogue” about food issues. Participants have included City High School students, Pistor Middle School students, Pima Community College Family Literacy classes, and the public-at-large. Performance material comes directly from community contributions. A dozen community participants will perform with the company.

The project is one in a series of Community Food Bank endeavors utilizing the arts to educate people about their responsibilities as consumers and eaters dependent on a food system. Future projects will include digital storytelling, large-scale public art, literary arts, photography, and music.

We Are What We Eat is supported by the Tucson Pima Arts Council, Punch Woods Endowment Fund, Community Food Bank, NEW ARTiculations, DanceLoft, and many generous individuals.

Kind Faith Education Foundation’s “Child and Family Expo” to Benefit Marana CFB

The Kind Faith Education Foundation’s “Child & Family Expo” on Saturday, April 26, 2008 will benefit the Marana Community Food Bank.  The Expo will be held at Ora Mae Harn Park (13250 N. Lon Adams Road) from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Area businesses will be on hand to showcase their products and services, some with hands-on demonstrations.  There will be giant slides, face painting, train rides, carnival games and a lot more for the kids. Hot dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, sno-cones and sodas will be available for refreshments.

Admission is free to the public and all ages are welcome.  Food and game tickets are five for $1.00 and unlimited rides bracelets are $10.00 each.

Donate two canned food items at the Expo and receive $1.00 off the price of an unlimited ride bracelet.  Donate one food item and receive a free popcorn or soda.  All non-perishable food items will be donated to the Marana Community Food Bank.  The goal is to collect 3,000 pounds of canned goods to benefit the Food Bank.

For information, contact Vicky Tantlinger at (520) 982-9019 or Cecelia Munoz at (520) 682-3001.

University of Arizona’s 2008 Spring Fling to Benefit CFB

The University of Arizona’s 2008 Spring Fling will again benefit the Community Food Bank.  The partnership with Spring Fling is part of the campus wide UA4 Food drive that brings together faculty, staff, students and area merchants to raise money and food for the Community Food Bank.  Spring Fling takes place at Rillito Downs (North 1st and River Road) April 10 through April 13, 2008.

The UA Spring Fling is the largest student run carnival in the nation.  It raises money for student clubs, organizations, events, and service work, but also benefits the Tucson community.  This year, Spring Fling will aid the Community Food Bank’s Child Hunger and Nutrition Programs.  They are “Kids Club”, “Snak Paks for Kids”® and “Summer Meals.”  All of the programs are designed to prevent childhood hunger and help children succeed in school.

Attendees at this year’s Spring Fling on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11, 2008, can combine fun and philanthropy.  A donation of canned food and a jar of peanut butter will reduce their Spring Fling wrist band purchase by $5.   

“The partnership between Spring Fling and the Community Food Bank has been a great success for both organizations in the past,” said Alex Manuel, Spring Fling Executive Director. “We hope to have even greater success for this year’s event and increase donations from the $5 discount on wristbands.”

For further information, contact Alex Manuel at 621-5610.

New Life Health Center to Host “Go Local-Go Green Fair”

The New Life Health Center at 4841 E. Speedway will host a “Go Local-Go-Green Fair” on Saturday, March 29, 2008 to promote locally made foods and products and meet the people behind some of our local businesses.  The event will be held from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  

Locally made items from mesquite tortillas, bread, prickly pear nectar to balms, dog treats, coffee, honey, art card and more will be available. Scheduled to participate are Small Planet Bakery, Grassroots, Synergy Fare, Canine Crunchies, Arizona Cactus Ranch, Tortilleria Arevado, Mabu Herbals, Herbescent Looseleaf Teas, Cassie’s Tea, Sue Chow (local artist), Leslie Shultx (local artist) and Adventure Coffee Roasting.

Donate non-perishable food items for the Community Food Bank and receive an entry in the big raffle for local products.  The Food Bank’s most needed items at this time are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, peanut butter, canned tomato products and cereal.

For information, contact Rebecca Weinstein at New Life Health Center (520) 312-4230.

Sleuthing in Your Supermarket: Learning to Shop with a Conscience


 Kitty Ufford-Chase, Faith Community Coordinator at the Community Food Bank, offers a five-session course at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, (just East of Swan on 22nd St.) on issues surrounding food and faith Monday evenings from April 7 through May 5 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Awareness meeting room.

The following will be explored:

  •  The history of supermarkets, current and future trends, and how the supermarket fits into the global food system.
  • Supermarket advertising, marketing and consumption: understanding the corporate role, and the messages we get from supermarkets.
  • Environmental impacts within the supermarket itself, in its supply chain, and in the household.
  • Social justice in the food system and supermarkets from middle-class and low-income perspectives: accessibility, affordability, and food appropriateness.
  • Looking at alternatives and options for action to support a more just food system.

The fee for the five-session class is $15 to cover supplies; any money left over will be donated to the Food Bank by UUCT. Scholarships are always available and always given. Please email mike-greenbaum@qwestoffice.net  or call him at 326-8831 to sign up. Payment may be made by credit card by calling Jean in the church office at 748-1551.

International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers

Lodge 933, Golf Tournament to benefit CFB at Santa Rita Golf Course.

Pima County Library auction to benefit CFB

at the Main Library, 101 N. Stone.

Annual employee auction will bid on donated items.

Kino Sports Complex Community Center – “Empty Bowl” fund raiser to benefit CFB

Guests are asked to make a donation and will be served a simple meal of soup and bread.  They will get to keep the donated ceramic soup bowls.

Raytheon – “Hot Rods and Hot Dogs” to benefit CFB

6th Annual Hot Rods & Hot Dogs classic car show to benefit the CFB. It will be held at the Raytheon Airport Facility.
100% of the proceeds donated by Raytheon employees will go to the Food Bank.

Hickman Farms Donation of Over 5,800 Dozen Eggs

Hickman Family Farms from Buckeye, Arizona is expected to deliver over 5,800 dozen eggs to the Community Food Bank on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 9:00 AM  for distribution in Southern Arizona.  Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO will be on hand to accept the delivery from Mrs. Gertrude Hickman.  The delivery will be made to the Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Road in Tucson.

 1,600 dozen eggs will benefit Tucson’s Table agencies and 1,000 dozen eggs will go to the Kid’s Club sites.  The remainder of the eggs will be distributed in rural southern Arizona.

 The Kid’s Club eggs will be picked by the sites for use during their annual Easter activities.  The Community Food Bank Kid’s Club program operates three days a week at nine different sites in the greater Tucson area – serving a total of 540 children.  The Food Bank partners with the Tucson Parks and Recreation KIDCO program to provide children with free, nutritious snacks and lessons in nutrition.

 Tucson’s Table provides dry and perishable food and non-food products packed in small 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 300 agency feeding sites.  The eggs will benefit the children served by the agencies along with other programs. 

 A photo opportunity with Mr. Carnegie accepting the over 5800 dozen egg delivery from Mrs. Hickman will be available at 9:00 AM.  Carnegie will call on his early days to operate a forklift to unload the first pallets of eggs.

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

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