Three Generations of Women Serve CFB

Three generations of one Arizona family have stepped forward to serve the hungry of Tucson.

In December 2008, 94 year-old Jesse Chatham joined her granddaughter, Eileen Starace to assemble Snak Paks for the Community Food Bank.  Starace is a member of the Desert Skies United Methodist Church, one the Food Bank’s partners in the Snak Paks program.  Chatham and Starace are respectively the mother and daughter of Margaret Steele, a longstanding Community Food Bank board member who passed away in 2006.  Eileen is her daughter.

Through their actions, these three women have demonstrated a passion for helping the Community Food Bank and the vulnerable children it serves in Tucson.

The Snak Paks program works with community partners like the Desert Skies United Methodist Church to feed children who are identified as chronically hungry.  Every Friday, these children go home with a back pack full of healthy snacks to see them through the weekend. The process is repeated each week through the school year. Currently, over 600 children receive a Snak Pak.

Many of our fellow Tucsonans face the very real threat of going hungry not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year. The Community Food Bank relies on volunteers like Jesse Chatham, Margaret Steele and Eileen Starace.  The food bank’s volunteers contribute over 84,000 hours of service annually, the equivalent of 40 full time employees.