September 2008 is National Hunger Action Month and it will be kicked off locally by the Community Food Bank with a “Call to Action” press conference on Friday, September 5th at 10:00 AM. The event will take place in the Food Plus area of the Community Food Bank located at 3003 S. Country Club Road.
The press conference will concentrate on the state of hunger in Southern Arizona. Scheduled to speak are Bob Walkup, Mayor of the City of Tucson, Richard Elias, Chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors and Gabrielle Giffords, Congresswoman for the Eighth District of Arizona.
The Community Food Bank is facing an unprecedented challenge in feeding the hungry of Southern Arizona. The food bank distributed 17,340 family food boxes in July 2008, a 43% increase over July 2007. Due to current economic conditions this number is expected to continue to increase into 2009.
Hunger Action Month is a local and national effort to make people aware of why it is important to get involved in the fight against hunger and give them the opportunity to take action to help solve the problem though philanthropy and/or volunteering.
William Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank will also announce the name change of “America’s Second Harvest” to “Feeding America.” “Feeding America” will continue to be a network of more than 200 member food banks serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Tours of the Food Bank will be available until 12:00 Noon.
For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215 or by cell at (520) 444-5412.