“Chess for Charity” event was held to benefit the Community Food Bank


On Saturday June 13, 2009 a “Chess for Charity” event was held to benefit the Community Food Bank.  It was organized by Vaishnav Aradhyula and raised $750.

Pictured left to right are Vaishnav’s father Setish Aradhyula, Vaishnav Aradhyula and Pauline Hechler, Community Food Bank Vice President of Development.

TI and Sunrise Rotary Host Virtual Food Drive


Your Generosity = A Stronger Community!


For every $1 donation you make  the Tucson Community Food Bank  will receive $3 which gives the Food Bank  $27 worth of buying power  for our community.

Your donation to the Community Food Bank will make a positive contribution to families in our community. A $1 dollar donation is equal to $9 worth of groceries purchased.

Each dollar donated by TI will be matched by TI and the Sunrise Rotary Club.

Thank you for partnering with TI and Rotary to support our community. Please make your donations by June 28th to receive the matching funds from TI and Rotary and to be entered to win one of four covered parking spots for the month of July. Up to $1000 will be matched by each organization.

Local Foods, Healthy Communities video

The Local Foods, Healthy Communities video informs people by promoting the health and community benefits of eating locally grown foods. The locally produced video will not only benefit local growers of fruits and vegetables by increasing consumer purchases, but our community will benefit from increased economic activity and healthier people. The Local Foods, Healthy Communities video and the diverse programs, of the Community Food Bank Community Food Resource Center educate, advocate and provide support for increased growing and eating of Arizona grown foods.

MDA Sets Up Collection Point to Aid Community Food Bank

The Muscular Dystrophy Association will assist the Community Food Bank by establishing a food collection point at MDA national headquarters in Tucson this summer.

Through August 14, residents may drop off non-perishable items at the MDA main lobby, 3300 E. Sunrise Drive, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Among priority items needed are canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, canned soups, peanut butter, meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper and Rice-A-Roni), rice, beans and condiments.

MDA President and CEO Gerald C. Weinberg said MDA is glad to do whatever it can to assist those in need, especially in the current economic recession.

“MDA has been in the business of helping others for more than half a century,” Weinberg said. “We understand the need for everyone to pitch in and help.”

“Demand on the food bank has never been higher and we are thankful that MDA Headquarters has joined in the fight against hunger in our community,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank president/CEO. “We are hopeful additional organizations or businesses will join MDA in helping us provide for local families in need.”

The Community Food Bank was founded in 1976. Today the facility acquires, stores and distributes more than 16 million pounds of food annually throughout Southern Arizona.

MDA is a voluntary health agency supporting programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, advocacy and professional and public health education for muscular dystrophy and related diseases.

The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.

Brown Mackie Marketing Class Hosts Virtual Food Drive

A word from the students:

We are students at Brown Mackie College who are taking a Marketing course this month.  Our class project is to raise food and money for The Community Food Bank. Part of our project is to come up with a marketing plan and apply it.  For each $1 donated, we can distribute almost $9 of food, enough for about four meals! In fact, over 96 cents of every dollar donated goes to food and programs to families in need.  Our class goal is to raise enough food and/or money to provide over 8000 meals. We are requesting a donation and we greatly appreciate your generosity.  Click here to donate>>


Dillard’s to Host Food Drive to Benefit Marana Community Food Bank

Dillard’s Tucson Mall on Saturday June 13Th and Sunday June 14Th.
A can food drive located in the juniors department; bring in canned food to support our Marana Community Food Bank.
Store hours: Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm; Sunday 12:00am to 6:00pm

Shelly Lucero
Area Manager
Dillard’s Tucson Mall

Marana Sears- Summer of Giving

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Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Hosts Solstice Solar Fair

Who:  Everyone welcome!

What:  Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Solstice Solar Fair

Where:  NE corner of Speedway and Riverview, west of I-10 between Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind and El Rio Neighborhood Center (click here for map)

Admission:  Free

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Solstice Solar Fair will show community members how to cook with the sun!  The Fair will feature solar oven building and cooking demonstrations, live music powered by solar energy, and information on discounted purchase of solar ovens from Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture (BASA) and solar cookbooks for sale.

Local produce selections at the Farmers’ Market include tomatoes, garlic, basil, purslane, okra, peppers, onions, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, melons, and much more.  Shoppers can also find fresh eggs, Sonora honey, dried beans and grains, free-range beef, herbal remedies, 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.

San Gabriel Neighborhood Association Presents Community Food Bank with $250


Jerry Ledingham, President of the San Gabriel Neighborhood Association presented Pauline Hechler, CFB Vice President of Development at the Community Food Bank with a check for $250 on June 2, 2009
Thank you Jerry and the San Gabriel Neighborhood Association for thinking of the Community Food Bank.

“Stuff the Juneteenth Bus” To Benefit The Community Food Bank on June 20th

The Tucson community will observe the 39th Tucson Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at Kennedy Park (La Cholla and Ajo Way) from 3:00 to 11:00 PM.

The festival theme this year is “Celebrating Change, Celebrating Community.” The event is free and open to the public.

A highlight of the celebration will be a “Stuff the Juneteenth Bus” event to benefit the Community Food Bank. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items and help “Stuff the Bus” on June 20th.

For more information, contact Burney Sparks at 225-2670 or 883-5511.