Area Veterinary Professionals Band Together to Collect Donations for the Community Food Bank

For the 6th consecutive year Tucson area Veterinary Professionals will band together to collect donations for the Community Food Bank from Monday October 12th through Monday October 26th.

Via the Valley Animal Hospital, local veterinary professionals will collect non-perishable food donations and monetary gifts to help feed the hungry in our community.  This is not a pet food drive.

Donations may be dropped off at the following veterinary hospitals:

  • Valley Animal Hospital
  • Adobe Veterinary Clinic
  • VCA
  • Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center
  • Pima Pet Clinic
  • Madera Veterinary Hospital
  • P.A.W.S.
  • Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson

Veterinary professionals in the Tucson area want to bring awareness to the issue of hunger in the community.  By opening their food drive to the general public they hope to increase donations and give individuals a chance to participate directly in efforts to feed the hungry.

For more information, contact Brendan DeSmet (520) 358-2539 or Cell at (520) 358-2539.

Tucson 2009 Crop Walk to Benefit Worldwide Anti-Hunger Programs, The Community Food Bank and Casa Maria Hospitality House

Join the “Tucson 2009 Crop Walk” on Sunday, November 8th to benefit Worldwide Anti-Hunger Programs, the Community Food Bank and Casa Maria Hospitality House.

The Crop Walk will kick off at Ramada #5 in Reid Park at 2:00 PM. The Community Food Bank and Casa Maria Hospitality House will share 25% of the net proceeds from this year’s walk.

What is a Crop Walk?  It is neighbors walking together to take a stand against hunger in our world.  Together members of the community raise awareness and funds for international relief and development as well as locally for the Community Food Bank and Casa Maria.  The “Tucson 2009 Crop Walk” is part of a local, national and international effort sponsored by Church World Service to raise money for anti-hunger and sustainable self-help development world-wide.  More than 2,000 communities across the nation will walk to raise money in 2009-2010.

The need is now greater than ever with the present downturn in the economy.  Recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the almost 21% of Tucsonans are living below the federal poverty level.

How can you help?  Join the “Tucson 2009 Crop Walk” on November 8th at 2:00 PM at Reid Park. You may sign up through your local church, online at or call Betty Lu Holland at (520) 579-2895.

Help Worldwide Anti-Hunger Programs, the Community Food Bank and Casa Maria Hospitality House by joining the “Tucson 2009 Crop Walk.”

Community Food Bank Farmers’ Markets Now Accept WIC Vouchers for Fruits and Vegetables

Families enrolled in the WIC nutrition program for women, infants and children are now able to use their monthly food vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at certified farmers’ markets.

Since October 1, changes to WIC nutrition program make it possible for families to purchase a wider variety of healthy foods, including whole wheat bread, canned salmon and fresh produce, in addition to traditional foods such as milk and cheese.  The new WIC vouchers for fruits and vegetables can be redeemed at certified farmers’ markets and also in regular grocery stores.

The change in the WIC nutrition program provides families with more choice, making it possible for people to enjoy locally grown produce that’s the freshest and most flavorful, support local farmers, and enjoy family events at markets such as the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market.

The Community Food Bank runs three certified farmers’ markets: the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market (open Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., on the corner of Speedway and Riverview, west of I-10); the Community Food Bank Farmers’ Market (open Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 3003 S. Country Club Road) and the Marana Farm Stand (open Mondays, 3-6 p.m. at 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive, off Tangerine Road).

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

Amado Community Food Bank Asks for Holiday Turkey Donations

Amado Community Food Bank will accept donations of frozen turkeys October 8 through December 31, 2009.  The turkeys will be used to help fill the holiday food boxes.  Without these donations, clients will not have any meat in their holiday food boxes.

The Amado Community Food Bank has set a goal of 200 eight to ten pound frozen turkeys to benefit clients in the Amado, Tubac, Arivaca, Elephant Head, Tumacacori, Rio Rico and Lakewood areas.

Donated turkeys may be dropped off at the Amado Community Food Bank at 28720 South Nogales Highway in Amado, Arizona.  Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  On Thursdays the office is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Call the office at (520) 398-2942 to arrange for the Amado Food Bank to pick up a donation.

“We look forward to great participation from our communities again this year to help provide turkeys for our families,” said Mildred Lopez Feliciano, Amado Community Food Bank Executive Director.

For more information on frozen turkey donations to the Amado Community Food Bank, contact Mildred Lopez Feliciano at (520) 398-2942.

Actus Lend Lease holds their annual Community Day

The Community Food Bank will be one of many worthy organizations given a helping hand on October 8, 2009 when Actus Lend Lease, part of the Lend Lease Group, holds their annual Community Day.

Lend Lease Community Day encourages all Lend Lease employees around the world to give something back to the communities in which they live and work.  World wide, other Lend Lease groups completed Community Day activities on Sept 24, 2009.

Employees nominate their own project and create small teams to work with the community group or cause.  Activities can include helping senior citizens, the homeless people, people with disabilities, the environment, working with children/youth and animals.

Community Day is about using employees’ time, energy and skills, and the experience helps to create a strong team spirit, and employees unanimously agree – this is an immensely rewarding experience.

Around 30 employees from the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base location of the Lend Lease Group will converge on the Community Food Bank farm in Marana and warehouse in Tucson on October 8 to weed gardens, pick produce, and pack food boxes.

Vicki Becker, team leader of the group, said the Community Food Bank project was chosen because of a commitment to develop enduring relationships with solid organizations that have a positive impact on the community.

“Actus Lend Lease and Soaring Heights Communities are proud to be a part of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Tucson.  We are committed to preserving the places in which we do business.  Volunteering with the food bank helps us to preserve our community for future generations, financially, environmentally and socially.  We have begun what we hope to be a long-term relationship with the Community Food Bank that will encompass an ongoing virtual food drive as well as other hands on projects to come,” said Vicki.

This is Lend Lease’s 14th consecutive Community Day, and since the initiative began in 1996, employees have volunteered over 425,000 hours.

For further information please contact:

Vicki Becker/ Administrative Assistant/ Actus Lend Lease LLC
Direct 520 748 3308/ fax 520 748 3323
3435 South Mustang Drive
Tucson, AZ 85708

Tucson African Heritage Network and HispaNet organizations from IBM presents CFB with a check for $1,000 from the their 8th Annual Golf Tournament


Adrienne Kyles representing the Tucson African Heritage Network and HispaNet organizations from IBM presents Jack Parris, Public Relations Manager with a check for $1,000 from the their 8th Annual Golf Tournament.  The golf tournament was held on August 22, 2009 at Starr Pass Golf Resort and Spa to benefit the Community Food Bank.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to Announce $300,000 in Federal Stimulus Funds to Complete Construction of Amado Community Food Bank

Amado, Arizona:  8th District Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will visit the Amado Community Food Bank on Friday, October 2, 2009 to announce $300,000 in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act Federal Stimulus Funds to complete construction of the food bank building.  The announcement will take place at 1:00 PM at the Amado Community Food Bank, 87200 S. Old Nogales Highway, Amado, Arizona 85645.

After the presentation, Congresswoman Giffords will tour the Amado Food Bank.

Ten years ago the Amado Food Bank was located in a small corrugated tin shack with a dirt floor behind the Cow Palace Restaurant.

Grants and donations were collected and land was purchased for Phase One in May 2002.  This phase consisted of a 2,500 square foot reception area, manager’s office and warehouse space complete with a walk-in cooler.  Fund raising began almost immediately for the additional needs including more space, a garage for delivery vehicles and a water storage tank to help meet fire codes.

It became obvious that if the funds were not spent as they came in, the project might never be completed due to increased construction costs. The decision was made to use the money on hand to build a shell and continue to raise funds to provide mechanical needs, interior construction and equipment.

This construction has been a work in progress that will conclude with this $300.000 Federal Stimulus money.  The project has been a true partnership among local, state, and federal government.  Local and corporate businesses and foundations have also been instrumental in the success of this project. Without the cooperation of all these entities, the completion of the Amado Community Food Bank could not have been accomplished.

For more information, contact Tony Bruno at (520) 622-0525 x 245 or cell at (602) 295-6910.