Marana Community Food Bank Needs Volunteers

The Marana Community Food Bank at 11734 West Grier Road is looking for volunteers to help in several areas of the operation.

Many of the food bank’s volunteers have left as they are winter visitors and some have moved out of the city. Volunteers are needed in the warehouse with unloading trucks, preparing food boxes, pulling food box orders, answering telephones, sorting and washing produce and working with clients by checking them through the computer system.  The Marana Food Bank also needs more truck drivers to help collect food donations in the area.

“If you are looking for a full body work-out, free of charge, in a cool friendly environment, apply now,” said Cecilia Muñoz, Branch Bank Manager.  “Volunteers are the foundation of our organization and without their help we cannot accomplish our mission.”

To volunteer at the Marana Community Food Bank, contact Cecilia Muñoz at (520) 682-3001 or by e-mail at maranafb@communityfoodbank.org.



Hybrid Truck Saves Fuel and Food

Char Grove, Agency Market driver, is enjoying a whole new experience driving the Community Food Bank’s new hybrid electric-diesel truck. Char picks up food from area grocery stores five days a week with her new refrigerated truck. Char is one of three drivers who pick-up food locally. Often donated are perishable foods that may go to waste if they are not consumed and other items like canned goods that simply are not moving quickly.

Char started driving the new hybrid truck in February. It is powered by an electric-diesel power plant that runs on electric power up to 30 miles per hour, when the diesel engine engages. This makes for excellent efficiency on Tucson’s city streets. The manufacturer, Peterbilt, claims the hybrid is 30% more fuel-efficient and gives off much cleaner emissions than older trucks.

“I love this truck,” Char says. “I believe the truck actually stays on the electric motor beyond 30 miles per hour. It’s so quiet, I can hardly hear it.”
The hybrid electric–diesel truck was purchased, in part, with a $100,000 grant from the Lincy Foundation of Chicago.



Walking Miles for the Community Food Bank

Small acts done consistently can have a big impact. For the past eight weeks Peter Norback has been putting this idea, and his feet, to the test. In response to the new presidential administration’s call to community service, Peter decided to initiate a One Can a Week project in the Miles Neighborhood where he lives.

He started out walking the neighborhood each Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., knocking on doors, explaining the need, and asking for one can a week. He admits that the first week was nerve-racking, not knowing what the response would be. Every week he would cover the houses from the previous week and add some new houses, asking for the simple donation of one can a week to be collected by him each Sunday and then transported to the Community Food Bank. The Miles Neighborhood total by the eighth week was 154 pounds and $20. Each week the program catches on more and more, equating to more and more food donations.

Peter has already had one of his neighbors volunteer to help! This response is exactly what he is looking for. His actions get others involved by donating food, but they also inspire others to take the initiative to get even more people involved. This snowball effect has great power to help in our community. “Anyone who wants to help in other ways in addition to donating food is terrific. I’m sure everyone knows the process, so just think of what would be comfortable for you to handle and give me a call,” said Peter.

Peter would like to see the One Can a Week project spread to other neighborhoods in Tucson and is making himself available for anyone who is interested in trying. As Peter writes, “If you have friends or relatives in other parts of Tucson or other cities, I will be happy to help them get started. The more people helping people, the better.” To start your own program, contact Peter at (520) 248-3694 or pnorback@cox.net.



Stimulus Helps the Hungry

The Economic Stimulus Bill includes much needed help for food banks across the country. The news comes just as the Arizona Department of Economic Security announced reductions in programs and services because of the recent budget cuts. Arizona’s food stamp program (SNAP) is in serious need of assistance. Nationwide, the Economic Stimulus Bill includes $19.9 billion for food stamps, $500 million for special nutrition programs for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and $150 million for emergency food boxes.

Assisting families affected by the downturn in the economy should be reason enough to fund these vital programs, but providing these basic needs also helps the ailing economy. Food stamps and other social services are considered automatic stabilizers that will instantly boost the economy. Food stamp money will be instantly injected back into the economy by clients at grocery stores, markets and mega-chains. Food stamps are not something that can be used to pay bills, or saved; the money invested in food stamps will be turned around relatively quickly when clients make purchases. Officials say the additional funding for food stamps will reach clients in April and nearly all of that aid will be used right away.

Additional funds for emergency food are also much-needed. Individuals receiving assistance in the form of emergency food increased 21 percent this January. In January 2008, 31,920 people received assistance, as compared with 38,773 people in January 2009. Our national affiliate, Feeding America, indicates that this trend is echoed nationwide: “For one in eight Americans, hunger is a reality.” This number is up from one in ten Americans just two years ago.

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Tucson Toros Open House to Benefit Community Food Bank

The Tucson Toros Open House on Saturday, May 2, 2009 will collect food donations to help feed the hungry in Southern Arizona. The Open House will take place at Hi Corbett Field, 3400 E. Camino Campestre, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a can of non-perishable food for the Community Food Bank. A food bank truck will be located near the main entrance. Donations are needed now more than ever during these difficult economic times.

The Tucson Toros Open House events include Tucson Toros Try-outs for one place on the roster and a Toros Job Fair for Summer job opportunities. Toros new apparel and game tickets will go on sale and the ”Tuffy Bull Pen” area will have free rides for the kids.

For information on the Tucson Toros Open House, contact Naomi Proaño at (520) 325-1010.



Gap Store Food Drive to Benefit Community Food Bank

The Gap Store located in the Tucson Mall, lower level (near Red Robin), will conduct a three day food drive on April 24, 25 and 26, 2009 to benefit the Community Food Bank.

Any non-perishable food item will qualify a customer for a 10% discount off their entire purchase (some restrictions apply, see store for details). Customers may bring one can or 50 cans, the more the better.  Only one 10% discount per customer.

The Community Food Bank needs donations now more than ever during these difficult economic times.
The hours for the food drive at the Gap – Tucson Mall Store will be…

  • Friday, April 24th – 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 25th – 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 26th – 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

For details on the Gap Food Drive, contact Brandi Montgomery at (520) 293-8265.



2nd Annual International Festival of Tucson

Sponsored by Holy Resurrection Antiochian Orthodox Church

St. Michaels & All Angels Episcopal Church
602 N. Wilmot, Tucson, AZ

Enjoy the sounds and tastes from around the world.
Free soft drink with 2 cans of food to benefit the Community Food Bank.

For information contact Lucy Abdulnour at (520) 730-6361.



CD Release Party to Benefit Community Food Bank on Sunday, May, 10, 2009

The CD Release Party for “Food is Good…For the Body and Soul” will take place on Sunday, May 10, 2009 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at Old Town Artisans, 201 N. Court Avenue in downtown Tucson and will benefit the Community Food Bank by reminding everyone that food unites us all.  We all eat. The problem is we do not all have equitable access to good food through the food system.  Good food is healthy, green, fair and affordable.

The event will celebrate the release of the Community Food Bank compilation of songs about food featuring 17 local musicians with live performances by Dennis Riley, Ron Pandy, Duncan Stitt, Pablo, Lindianne Sarno, Kevin Pakulis, Patricia Morrison, Danny Krieger, Tom Poley, members of the Mollys and the Wayback Machine.  Michael Hyatt arranged for all songs to be donated by the artists or the family members.

Admission is by donation of two (2) or more cans of non-perishable food items. The “Food is Good” CD will be available for $10 each.

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For more information on the CD Release Party for “Food Is Good,” contact Varga Garland at (520) 622-0525 x 220 or Michael Hyatt at (520) 323-1058.



National Association of Letter Carriers’ 17th Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive

On Saturday, May 9, 2009, Southern Arizona letter carriers will collect food donations to benefit those at greatest risk in effort to fight hunger during the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.

For the 17th year, the Community Food Bank will join the letter carriers’ efforts to provide food to depleted supplies.  “The Letter Carriers’ food drive is especially important this year as the number of local families seeking our assistance is increasing every month,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO.  “We really need the community to come together and support this drive for local families during these difficult economic times.”

To help “Stamp Out Hunger” in Southern Arizona, residents may simply leave a bag of non-perishable food, such as canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit or canned tomato products next to their mail box before the time of their regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 9th.  Food should be in non-breakable containers.  Local letter carries will collect donations and deliver them to the Community Food Bank.

Last year the National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive collected over 334,000 pound of food in Southern Arizona.

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