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.