Community Food Bank to Receive Donation of 5,850 Dozen Eggs from Hickman Farms for Southern Arizona

Hickman Family Farms from Buckeye, Arizona will deliver 5,850 dozen eggs to the Community Food Bank on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 10:30 AM for distribution in Southern Arizona.  The delivery will be made to the Food Bank at 3003 S. Country Club Road in Tucson.  Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO will be on hand to accept the delivery from Mrs. Gertrude Hickman and the Hickman mascot, “Funky Chicken.”

The Hickman egg donation will be distributed to the Agency Market clients in Pima County and our entire Southeastern Arizona service area including branch banks in Ajo, Amado, Green Valley, Marana and Nogales.  Eggs will also be distributed in the emergency food box program, while they last, in Graham, Greenlee, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties.

“We are extremely thankful to the Hickman Family Farms for this egg donation during these times of extreme need in Southern Arizona, “said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.

A photo opportunity with Mr. Carnegie accepting the 5,850 dozen eggs from Mrs. Hickman and the “Funky Chicken” mascot will be available at 10:30 AM.  Interviews will also be available.

The Hickman Farms egg donations are being coordinated statewide by the Association of Arizona Food Banks in Phoenix.

For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215.

Stuff the Thomas Cleaners Truck

On Saturday, April 4, 2009 the public is invited to help “Stuff the Thomas Cleaners Truck” at 6767 E. Tanque Verde Road to benefit the Community Food Bank.

Many people think about feeding the hungry during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but forget the remainder of the year.  Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted on April 4th from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Most needed items are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, canned fruit, peanut butter and canned tomato products.  Please, no glass containers.

Sponsors for the “Stuff the Thomas Cleaners Truck” are Partners in Prime, Ann Laurie, Bill & Edward Moore with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Additional sponsors are Jim Click Automotive Group, Title Security, Bistro 44 and Thomas Cleaners.

For more information, contact Edward Moore at (520) 360-4653 or

Hunger Walk Slideshow


The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk was more than just a successful event that highlighted the problem of hunger in Southern Arizona, introduced folks to the food bank, and raised money to support the programs of the food bank.  It was a lot of fun!

We were entertained by the University of Arizona Alumni Pep Band and inspired by Cub Scout Pack #339 who presented the colors and led the pledge.  Supervisor Richard Elias led the charge with other local business and community leaders including Sam Levitz and Councilwoman Nina Trasoff.  The program was emceed by Ed Alexander of KVOI and additional music provided by Tim Ryan of Double Play D.J.’s.  Dozens of Tucson Electric Power volunteers in their bright blue shirts helped keep things running smoothly.

We thank all the volunteers and supporters who made this event possible and are particularly grateful to the 223 people who registered for the Hunger Walk!

Swap Meet and LOH Food Drive


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“CatTran Stuff-the-Bus Food Drive” To Benefit Community Food Bank Programs

The University of Arizona Staff Advisory Council, Parking & Transportation and UA Community Relations will join forces for the first “CatTran Stuff-the-Bus Food Drive” on Thursday April 2, 2009 to benefit the Community Food Bank.

The “CatTran Stuff-the-Bus Food Drive” will take place from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Cherry and University on the UA Campus and will benefit the Food Bank’s Child Hunger and Nutrition Programs and the Emergency Food Box program.  The community is asked to bring non-perishable foods that are in great need such as cereal, canned meats and canned vegetables.  Cash contributions will also be accepted.

University of Arizona President, Robert Shelton will speak at 11:00 AM at the” CatTran Stuff-the-Bus Food Drive” event.

The “CatTran Stuff-the Bus Food Drive” is part of the 2009 UA4Food campus wide drive that brings together the efforts of the faculty, staff, and students.  UA4Food is a program of the Office of Community Relations and is supported by the Main Gate Square Merchants.

Visit the UA4Food website at to donate online, view listing of UA4Food events and food collection information.

For information on the “CatTran Stuff-the-Bus Food Drive” contact Joyce Childers at 621-7727 or (520) 349-6844.

UA4Food Drive Continues on April 4, 2009 with the “Run for your Life” 5 K Run/Walk


The 2009 UA4Food Drive continues on Saturday, April 4th, 2009 with the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) “Run for Your Life” 5K run/walk on the U of A Mall (west end).

Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the 5K run/walk starts at 9:00 AM.  Registration is $20 and includes an official race t-shirt, food and beverages, DJ entertainment provided by KXCI Community Radio, free giveaways and a prize raffle.   All proceeds go toward ending hunger here in Southern Arizona and abroad.

The UA4Food Drive brings together the efforts of the University of Arizona faculty, staff, students and local merchants.  Proceeds from this year’s UA4Food Drive will benefit the Community Food Bank’s Child Hunger and Nutrition Programs and the Emergency Food Box program

To register or for more info, go to

University of Arizona’s 2009 Spring Fling to Again Benefit Community Food Bank

The University of Arizona’s 2009 Spring Fling will again benefit the Community Food Bank.  The partnership with Spring Fling is part of the campus wide  UA4 Food drive that brings together faculty, staff, students and area merchants to raise money and food for the Community Food Bank.  Spring Fling takes place at Rillito Downs (North 1st and River Road) April 2 through April 5, 2009.

The UA Spring Fling is the largest student run carnival in the nation.  It raises money for student clubs, organizations, events, and service work, but also benefits the Tucson community.  This year, Spring Fling will aid the Community Food Bank’s Child Hunger and Nutrition Programs and the Emergency Food Box program.

Attendees at this year’s Spring Fling on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3, 2009, can combine fun and philanthropy.  A donation of 3 non-perishable items will reduce their Spring Fling wristband purchase by $5.

“This will be the third year for the partnership between Spring Fling and the Community Food Bank and it continues to be a great success,” said James Dickhoner, Spring Fling Executive Director. “We hope to have even a greater turnout for this year’s event and increase donations from the $5 discount on wristbands.”

For further information, contact Chase Sutton at 621-5610.

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Hosts Spring Garden Celebration

Who:  Everyone welcome!

What:  Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Spring Garden Celebration

When:  Thursday, March 26, 2009, Hours:  3:00 to 6:00 PM

Where:  NE corner of Speedway and Riverview, west of I-10 between Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind and El Rio Neighborhood Center

Admission:  Free and open to the public

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Spring Garden Celebration is designed to encourage community members to eat healthy, save money and learn more about the local food system by growing their own fruits and vegetables.  The Celebration will feature the annual spring seed exchange; composting demonstration; information on desert gardening; live music; recipes and cooking demonstrations with seasonal produce; and vegetable seedlings, shade cloth and bird netting for sale.

Local produce selections at the Farmers’ Market include salad and cooking greens, carrots, radishes, cabbage, potatoes, onions, citrus and much more.  Shoppers can also find Sonoran honey, dried beans and grains, free-range beef, eggs, herbal remedies, locally roasted coffee, garden plants and cacti.

The Farmers’ Market accepts credit and debit cards, food stamps, cash, and Arizona Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers for purchases.

For more information, contact Sara Rickard at (520) 622-0525 x 242.

UA4Food 2009 to Benefit Food Bank’s Child Hunger/Nutrition Programs and Emergency Food Box Program

UA4Food brings together the efforts of University of Arizona students, faculty, staff and local merchants.  Proceeds from this year’s UA4Food Drive will benefit the Community Food Bank’s Child Hunger/Nutrition Programs and the Emergency Food Box Program.

The UA4Food Drive is a program of The University of Arizona Office of Community Relations and is supported by the Main Gate Square Merchants.  Detailed information is available at

Various organizations around campus will conduct individual food drives throughout the school year.  Organizations and dates for the food drives follow….

  • Athletes for Food Drive – March 1– March 31, 2009

Student athletes will compete against coaches, staff and athletic administrators to see who can raise the most food in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The “Students UA4Food “drive will occur during the month of March. This will be an internal effort by the student-athletes, coaches and staff.
Contacts: Monica Franco at 621-4694 or Phoebe Chalk at 621-2331

  • UA4Food Faculty and Staff Drive – March 16 – April 3, 2009

We all know the UA faculty, staff and appointed professionals are among the most charitable anywhere!  During this time drop off locations for food and monetary contributions will be placed throughout the University of Arizona.  Check the UA4Food Web site on Friday, March 13th for a list of drop off locations and departmental ambassadors. Give easily and securely through the Community Food Bank’s virtual giving center;

Click here to Donate to the Wildcats’ UA4Food Virtual Food Drive

Click here to donate to the Main Gate Merchants UA4Food Virtual Food Drive

Contacts:  Holly Altman at 626-4671 or Jacob Coldsmith at 622-0525 x 260.

  • Cat Tran’s Food Drive to “Stuff the Bus” – Thursday, April 2, 7 AM to 7 PM

Participate in this first “Stuff the Bus” event organized by the Staff Advisory Council, Parking & Transportation Services and UA Community Relations.  Community members are encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items.  Cash contributions will be accepted.
Contact:  Joyce Childers at 621-7727

  • Spring Fling 2009 Food Drive – April 2 – 5, 2009

Combine fund with philanthropy! Receive $5.00 off your Spring Fling wrist band purchase with a donation of a jar of peanut butter or canned vegetables.
Contact:  James Dickhoner at 621-5610
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  • Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) “Run for Your Life” 5K Run and Food Drive Celebration– Saturday, April 4, 2009

SHAC presents the third annual “Run for Your Life” 5K fun run/walk on the UA Mall.  Partnering with the UA Office of Community Relations, the run will serve as a celebration for the UA4 Food campaign. Proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank and Heifer International, to help end hunger here at home and abroad.  A $15 pre-registration fee and $20 day of the run/walk fee will cover the cost of donations and includes a t-shirt, refreshments and a chance to win prizes and giveaways on the day of the event.
Contact:  David Salasfsky at 621-8297
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For information on the UA4Food Drive, contact Holly Altman at the University of Arizona Office of Community Relations, 626-4671 or log on to

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