Community Food Bank to Receive 2008 Harry Chapin Foundation Self-Reliance Award

The Community Food Bank’s Community Food Resource Center has been named one of the winners of the 2008 Harry Chapin Foundation Self-Reliance Award.  The award is presented annually by World Hunger Year (WHY).  From among a field of over 150 applicants the Community Food Bank was one of ten winners nationwide and will receive the award for the Home Gardening and the Community Foods Consignment Programs. The $7,000 award will be used to improve the infrastructure for the programs.

Founded in 1975, WHY is a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.  WHY is a not-for-profit organization founded by radio talk show host and present Executive Director Bill Ayres and the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin.

Michelle Kuhns, Home Gardening Manager and Amanda Morse, Garden and Education Manager will accept the award at the Annual WHY dinner in New York City on June 8, 2009.

“The Home Gardening Program and Community Foods Consignment Program are the basis for people who want to learn how to grow some of their own food and be part of a local food system.  The programs open the door to healthy eating and economic opportunity,” said Varga Garland, PhD, Director of the Community Food Resource Center.

For more information, contact Varga Garland at (520) 622-0525 x 220.

Just Days Left to Vote in Target’s Facebook “Bullseye Gives” Campaign!

Target will let you decide how much to give Feeding America!

Target Corp. is letting Facebook users decide how most of its weekly $3 million donation will be spent in its “Bullseye Gives” charity campaign.

From May 10 to May 25, go to Target’s Facebook page (at ) , login as a Facebook user and vote for Feeding America from a list of 10 national charities. The $3 million will be split based on the total percentages of votes.

We have five more days to get the number of votes up and take a part of the $3 million for Feeding America. Users are allowed to vote once a day every day until the contest ends. Votes and dollar figures will be updated in real time and final numbers will be announced May 26.

“This is a unique way to help raise awareness of the important work these deserving charities do and increase localized volunteerism nationwide,” said Target President of Community Relations Layasha Ward in a prepared statement.

The Minneapolis-based retailer has been giving 5 percent of its income to charities since 1946, a donation that is now worth $3 million a week.

Rainbow Jewelers May 2009 Food Drive to Benefit Community Food Bank

Rainbow Jewelers at 1821 E. Prince Road (NW Corner of Campbell & Prince) will conduct a food drive to benefit the Community Food Bank from May 1 through May 30 2009.

The public is asked to drop off non-perishable food items such as canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit, canned tomato products and meal mixes such as Hamburger Helper or Rice-A-Roni.  These items are needed now more that ever during these difficult economic times.

Food donations may be dropped off Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (closed Sunday and Monday).

For more information, contact Joanne Rainbow at (520) 325-2150

JW Marriott, Star Pass Tucson Presents a Check for $1,000


Brian Meehan, Director of Finance at the JW Marriott, Star Pass Tucson presents a check for $1,000 to Pauline Hechler, Community Food Bank Vice President of Development on May 13, 2009.  JW Marriott staff volunteers look on and they are joined by Arizona Cardinals NFL players, cheerleaders and their mascot, Big Red.

Senior Prom with The Tucson Swing Quartet and Community Food Bank Fund Raiser

Atria Bell Court Gardens Senior Living
6653 E. Carondelet Drive.

Frank Guldseth has created the Tucson Swing Quartet
especially for this Senior Prom.

Admission is free, but a $10 donation or non-perishable
food donation Is suggested.

For information contact David Edwards at (520) 886-3600.

Rubber Stamp and Exchange Sale

Paper Paper Paper
3130 E. Fort Lowell Road
Tucson, AZ 85716

Rubber Stamp and Exchange Sale
Bring your own table and chairs.
Fee for space is a bag of food
For the Community Food Bank

For information call Paula O’Dowd
at (520) 326-3830

Radisson Suites Hotel Presented a Check for $3000 to the Community Food Bank

On October 13, 2009 the Radisson Suites Hotel, 6555 E. Speedway, presented the Community Food Bank a check for $3,000 from a summer promotion. Guests were asked to upgrade to a premium mountain view suite for $10 and that amount went to the Community Food Bank.

Pictured from left to right are Mr. Lee Gambrell, General Manager and Pauline Hechler, Vice President of Development.

The Community Food Bank Announces the Summer Food Service Program for Children

The Community Food Bank, Inc. announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Meals will be made available free to all children 18 years of age and under within the approved geographical area without regard to sex, race, color, age, handicap or national origin. Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against in any USDA related activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

The Program runs from June 1 through July 28, 2008
Listed below are the days, times and locations meals will be provided:
*Times may be subject to change- Please call to confirm (520) 622-0525 Ext. 261*

Sopori Elementary School
5000 W. Arivaca Rd.
Amado, AZ 85645
(520) 625-3502 x 1311, Maria Lopez
Monday – Friday
Breakfast 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Lunch 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Arivaca Community Center
16012 W. Universal Ranch Rd.
Arivaca, AZ 85601
(520) 398-3010, Ellen Dursema
Monday – Friday
Breakfast 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Lunch 11:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Sahuarita Main Campus
Main Cafeteria
350 W. Sahuarita Rd.
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
(520) 625-3502 x 1311, Maria Lopez
Monday – Thursday
Breakfast 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Lunch 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Marana High School
Main Cafeteria
12000 W. Emigh Road
Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 616-6400
Monday – Friday
Breakfast 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Lunch 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Picture Rocks Intermediate
5875 N. Sanders Road
Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 616-3700
Monday – Friday
Breakfast 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Lunch 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Swetlands Park
15550 S. Sahuarita Park Rd.
Sahuarita, AZ  85629
(520) 877-6000, Joe Barr
Breakfast 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Lunch 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Ajo Unified School District
111 Well Rd.
Ajo, AZ 85321
Monday – Friday
Breakfast 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Lunch 11:00 AM – 1:00PM

For further information, contact Kip Patterson, Child Hunger and Nutrition Program Coordinator at (520) 622-0525 x 261.

Members of the Arizona Cardinals NFL Team to Volunteer at the Community Food Bank

Two Arizona Cardinals NFL football players, Jason Banks (Defensive End #79) and Jerheme Urban (Wide Receiver # 85), accompanied by two Cardinals Cheerleaders will travel to Tucson on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 to volunteer at the Community Food Bank in Tucson.  The group will be accompanied by Cardinal Mascot “Big Red.”

The players, cheerleaders and mascot will arrive at the Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club at 10:15 AM to help food bank volunteers pack emergency food boxes. Emergency food boxes are distributed to people experiencing a food crisis. The food bank continues to experience double digit increases in requests for help during these difficult economic times.  On an average weekday volunteers pack over 800 emergency food boxes.

The Cardinals representatives will have a busy day in Tucson with stops at Citadel Radio, an American Red Cross Blood Drive and a visit to a TUSD Middle School

The Arizona Cardinals won the NFC Championship in the 2008-2009 season and played in the 2009 Super Bowl for the first time.

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

Arizona Community Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant for Additional Food Distribution in Southern Arizona

The Arizona Community Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Community Food Bank in Tucson to provide additional food to Southern Arizona.

This additional food will be above and beyond The Emergency Family Assistance Program (TEFAP) currently being distributed.  The additional food will include the main staples of fruits, soups and vegetables.

The additional food will be distributed as follows:

  • Approximately $6,000 worth of food to Safford, Pima and Thatcher, Arizona – distributed by the First United Methodist Church in Safford.
  • Approximately $2,500 worth of food to Willcox, Arizona – distributed by the Willcox Community Food Pantry.
  • Approximately $1,500 worth of food to Tombstone, Arizona – distributed by the Food Bank of Tombstone.

The Arizona Community Foundation and its 13 affiliates are a statewide philanthropy and partnership of donors, staff, volunteers, nonprofit organizations and the community working together to build a legacy of giving by empowering and aligning philanthropic interests with community needs  The Foundation was founded in 1978.

“We are grateful to the Arizona Community Foundation for this grant that will provide additional food during these difficult economic times,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank in Tucson.

“By giving through the Community Food Bank of Tucson, we’ve been able to increase the benefit to communities in ACF’s Southeast Region and ensure we are addressing areas of greatest need,” said Del Cabarga, ACF’s SE Assistant Regional Director.  “We appreciate the work Community Food Bank does to enhance capacity of food banks in our region.”

For more information contact Eric Hitzeman at (520) 622-0525 x 238.