CFB to Begin Distribution of One Family Food Box per Month in January, 2009

Due to the unprecedented increase in requests for Family Food Boxes, the Community Food Bank (CFB) will begin distributing one food box per household per month in January, 2009.

The current economic downturn in Pima County has increased the number of families asking for food help dramatically and maximized the number of Family Food Boxes that the Community Food Bank can produce.  From January 1 though November 30, 2008 the Food Bank distributed over 180,000 family food boxes.  That is a 36% increase over the same period in 2007.  The CFB is 46% over budget in purchased food for fiscal year 2007/2008.  The Food Bank anticipates that the requests for help will continue through next year.

Families may pick up their one food box per month at the Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Road on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and at other sites around Pima County, including selected Tucson Parks and Recreations sites. Produce and bread also will be available at those sites.  Information about the location of distribution sites, days and times of distribution will be available soon on the Community Food Bank website.

Families requiring more than one food box per month will be referred to the CFB family advocate to determine what other help may be available.

“The Community Food Bank regrets that we are forced to reduce the number of Family Food Boxes available each month,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.  “These are difficult times for everyone and we hope this change will be temporary and that we can return to our former schedule of distribution in the near future.

For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215 or by Cell at (520) 444-5412.