Marana Food Drive

Free Tax Workshop

Wednesday, November 5th 7-8 p.m.
Thursday, November 20th 4-5 p.m.       
Heritage Highland Clubhouse 4949 Heritage Club Dr.
Attend one of these free tax workshops and learn more about the Arizona Charitable Contributions Credit. This unique credit allows you to reduce your Arizona income tax liability and at the same time help local folks with basic needs. (In some cases you actually can make money, by helping out with your contribution.)

This workshop is being presented prior to the end of the year, because taking full advantage of the credit requires some advanced planning. The information is particularly helpful to residents new to Arizona.

Presented on behalf of the Marana Community Food Bank by Heritage Highlands residents: Judy Schwartz, Tom Hestwood and John Daniels.
On behalf of the Marana Food Bank, an informational meeting is planned to learn more about the Arizona Charitable Contributions Credit. The information will be helpful to all, but especially residents new to AZ.

Music & Dance Academy Students Host Community Food Drive at Music Department Recitals

Make a Donation

Students of the Music & Dance Academy of Tucson will be holding a Music Department Recital and Food Drive on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at the Oro Valley Music & Dance Academy, 7954 N. Oracle Road. The recital is scheduled from 2:00PM to 5:00PM with each department including strings, guitar, winds, piano and percussion performing at designated times. Contributions for the food drive can be made two convenient ways.  Donations can be dropped off at either the Tucson or Oro Valley Music & Dance Academy, or through a virtual donation. For every dollar donated, the Community Food Bank can distribute almost $9 of food, or enough for about four meals. Money donated online is also tax deductible.

This is the fourth year Music & Dance Academy students have held a food drive in conjunction with a Student Department Recital. The Department Recitals are only one of many frequent performance opportunities offered throughout the year where Academy students of all ages and abilities perform from their current repertoire. This recital is free and open to the public to attend.

The Music & Dance Academy, celebrating its 14th Anniversary, provides comprehensive music and dance education for all ages, fostering ability in each student and inspiring a learning community that embraces diversity. Academy students perform throughout the year in public recitals and Gala Concerts. Each season the Academy offers the community workshops featuring nationally and internationally renowned artists and leading Suzuki Master Teachers, Magic Rug Concerts, engaging and interactive musical concerts for families and children, and an Artist Faculty Concert Series.

Founded in 1995 by accomplished pianist and educator Nina Tishkevich, the Music & Dance Academy provides classical music & dance education using innovative teaching methods for students of all ages in strings, guitar, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, voice and dance. Committed to excellence in teaching, the Music & Dance Academy is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.

Nogales Community Food Bank Announces New Location

The Nogales Community Food Bank, an affiliate of the Community Food Bank in Tucson, has announced a new office and warehouse location in Nogales effective November 1, 2008.  The new address is 284 E. Baffert Drive, Nogales, AZ 85621.  The main telephone number is (520) 281-2790 and the Fax number is (520) 281-2791.

The new location is a 10,000 square foot warehouse that includes 2,500 square feet of office space, 2,500 square feet of cooler space and 5,000 square feet of warehouse and dock space.

All operations of the Nogales Community Food Bank will originate from the new location. The hours of operation will be:

Open to the public – Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and the first three Saturdays of each month 8:00 AM to 12 Noon.

Office hours to receive donations and other business – Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and Saturday from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Food Plus & TEFAP Food Box distribution – the first three Saturdays of each month from 8:00 AM to 12 Noon.

 For information about the Nogales Community Food Bank and volunteering opportunities, call Arthur Espinoza at (520) 281-2790.

Governor Napolitano to Tour CFB on Saturday, October 18, 2008

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano will visit the Community Food Bank at 3003 S. Country Club Road on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 12:15 PM to see first hand of the increased demand for food assistance in Pima County.  The Governor will speak to volunteers about the work of the Food Bank during these difficult economic times and then tour the CFB.

Volunteers at the Food Bank on Saturday will be packing family food boxes and include groups from Tucson City Church of Christ, Sigma Lamba Gamma, Davis Monthan, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-University Ward and members of the Community Food Bank Board of Directors.  In September 2008, the CFB gave out 18,111 family food boxes, a 48% increase over September 2007.

The Governor and Community Food Bank staff will be available for media questions and photo opportunities. 

For further information, contact Pauline Hechler at (520) 622-0525 x 234 or Cell at (520 668-8208.

Tucson Animation Screening Society “Halloween Mega Super Event”

The Tucson Animation Screening Society will hold a Halloween Mega Super event on Thursday, November 1, 2008 from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  The event will be held on the University of Arizona Campus in the Harvill Building Auditorium, Room 150.  Parking is available at the Park Avenue garage at Speedway and Park Avenue.

The Tucson Animation Screening Society is a long running organization that supports the promotion of Japanese anime and other aspects of Japanese visual arts pop culture in the Southwest.

Scheduled events include a Voice Dubbing Contest/Dub Your Own Anime, Cosplay Contest, Raffles, Anime Music Videos and much more.

Food donations will be good for entry into the first tier raffle. One to three food items will be good for one ticket and more than three food items will be good for two tickets. Two tickets are the max.  The most needed items are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit and canned tomato products. Please, no pre-opened items or glass containers.

For information on the Tucson Animation Screening Society’s Halloween Mega Super event contact the event organizers at

Attention Bashas’ Shoppers!

Give to the Community Food Bank while you shop! Bashas’ customers can participate in the grocery chain’s Shop & Give program with their Thank You Card. Once you link your card to the Community Food Bank, a portion of all of your purchases will be donated. Simply ask for your card to be linked to number 27611 at any checkout and all of your purchases between September 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009 will count toward Shop & Give. You only have to ask for your card to be linked once, and there is no cost to you!

Value Market Offers Choice

Throughout the network of food banks across the country the Community Food Bank has always been recognized as unique and innovative because of the number of programs and services it offers. For about 10 years we have run a small grocery store within our extremely large warehouse. The Value Market stocks over 300 items including: canned items, dry goods, deli items, dairy products, personal care goods, frozen entrees, frozen meats and produce.

The Value Market helps the food bank accomplish one of the most vital parts of its mission. It helps those living on the verge of poverty stay on their feet without necessarily having to ask for food assistance. It offers basic food staples at reduced prices. Not only those in need, but anyone who wants to save money on groceries can shop there. Many of our clients find that the market is just what they need to get by without having to ask for a family food box.

The uniqueness lies in the market’s markup: only 30 percent. All food and household items in the market are purchased from brokers, wholesalers and local vendors. The market is able to get great deals from the brokers because it purchases items that are being discontinued, or have packaging and label changes.

Everyone is welcome to shop at the market; in fact, the more people who shop there the better the prices will be for everyone. The more food the market purchases, the better its purchasing power, lowering the price. In essence, shopping at the Value Market is another way to give back to the community by helping lower prices for people in need.

“I shop here because things are a real bargain and the store is always clean,” said one Value Market customer.

Many charitable agencies also shop at the Value Market to supplement the food they receive from the food bank’s other programs. Others buy gift certificates for their clients because they know that the money will be used for food or other household essentials that Food Stamps won’t buy, like diapers or shampoo.

The Value Market will be offering items for holiday meals beginning in November.

Tucson 2008 Crop Walk


Tucson:   Join the “Tucson 2008 Crop Walk” on Sunday, November 2, 2008 to benefit the Community Food Bank.  The Crop Walk will kick off at Ramada #5 in Reid Park at 2:00 PM.  The Community Food Bank and Casa Maria Hospitality House will share 25% of the proceeds from the walk. .

What is a Crop Walk?  It is neighbors walking together to take a stand against hunger in our world.  Together members of the community raise awareness and funds for international relief and development as well as for the Community Food Bank.  The “Tucson 2008 Crop Walk” is part of a local, national and international effort sponsored by Church World Service to raise money for anti-hunger programs. More than 2,000 communities across the nation will walk to raise money in 2008-2009.

The Community Food Bank is experiencing an unprecedented demand for help due to the economic downturn.  How serious is the problem?  In August 2008, the Community Food Bank gave out 17,567 family food boxes. That is a 34% increase over August 2007. Monetary donations go a long way to help the hungry.  Every $1 the Food Bank receives, it can be leveraged into $9 worth of food due to its national buying power. 

Join the “Tucson 2008 Crop Walk” on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 PM at Reid Park, Ramada #5 and help feed the hungry in Southern Arizona.
To sign up for the “Tucson 2008 Crop Walk” contact Allan and Teddy Wintersteen at (520) 807-9797 or

Tucson Police Department Food Drive

The City of Tucson has kicked off a month long community food drive, in honor of Hunger Action Month.  This is nationwide campaign that directly benefits hunger-relief efforts.  The Tucson Police Department is pleased to be a part of this fight against domestic hunger, by collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations.

The City of Tucson has a goal this year to exceed past donations by at least 10% and the Tucson Police Department is making all police facilities not only available to its members, but also the citizens of Tucson as collection points during the Hunger Action Month.  The following locations will be available to accept donations of non-perishable food items and cash donations.

270 S. Stone, Operations Division Downtown
4410 S. Park, Operations Division South
1310 W. Miracle Mile, Operations Division West
1100 S. Alvernon, Operations Division Midtown
9670 E. Golf Links, Operations Division East
945 E. Ohio, Evidence Processing & Identification Center

This is a great opportunity to give back to those who are less fortunate and may not have the means to provide for themselves or their families.  Thank you in advance for participation.