Diamond Winter Challenge Offered to Community Food Bank Through March 31, 2009

The Diamond Foundation is challenging the Southern Arizona community to match its Diamond Winter Challenge to the Community Food Bank to raise funds for the Agency Market program.  The Diamond Foundation provided an initial $20,000 and a private benefactor added an additional $15,000 to the challenge.  The $35,000 challenge grant will run through March 31, 2009.

The Food Bank’s Agency Market provides food and non-food products for the use of over 300 local charities in Southern Arizona.  The Agency Market distributes nearly 6-million pounds of donated food each year, assisting almost 200,000 people.

This Diamond Winter Challenge $35,000 grant is designed to be matched by corporate, foundation and individual donors, during this current economic downturn and the Community Food Bank’s continuing needs after the holidays.

“This is a “call to action” to our community to help us match the Diamond Winter Challenge,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO. “We greatly appreciate the Diamond Foundation’s challenge during these difficult times and look forward to the community’s positive response.”

For more information about the Diamond Winter Challenge contact Pauline Hechler, Community Food Bank Vice President of Development at (520) 622-0525 x 234 or by cell phone at (520) 668-8208