Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to Visit Marana Community Food Bank

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will visit the Marana Community Food Bank on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 to challenge Mayor Ed Honea to see which office can collect the most food donations.  Congresswoman Giffords will arrive at 10:45 AM for the weigh-in of the food collected and a tour of the Marana Community Food Bank.

The Marana Community Food Bank is located at 11734 West Grier Road in Marana.

Congresswoman Giffords and Mayor Honea will be greeted by Carol McGorray, Chair of the Marana Community Food Bank Advisory Board and Bill Carnegie President/CEO of the Community Food Bank.  Following a brief program, Cecilia Muñoz, Executive Director of the Marana Community Food Bank will conduct Congresswoman Giffords and Mayor Honea on a tour of the Food Bank.

For more information, contact Cecilia Muñoz at (520) 682-3001.



Community Food Bank Announces New Board of Directors Officers and Member

Michael-DorerMichael Dorer, Human Resources Manager, Citi has been elected chair of the Community Food Bank Board of Directors.  Joining him as Co-Vice Chairs are Fran McNeely, Community Volunteer and Karen Heyse, Supervisor, Corporate Training and Development Tucson Electric Power.  Rosalva Bullock, Lead Research Project Manager, Title 1 Family Centers will serve as secretary and Bret Berry, Senior Audit Manager, Keegan, Linscott, Kenon will serve as Treasurer. 

Gregory Kishi has been elected to the Community Food Bank Board for a three year term. He is a Senior Technical Staff Engineer at IBM Tucson, holding over fifty patents in the area of storage and technology.

“The Community Food Bank is fortunate to have the strong leadership from the officers and board members,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.   “This board will be faced with continuing challenges in the fight against hunger in Southern Arizona as the economy continues to suffer.” 
 
The new officers and board member were elected at the October 23, 2009 Annual Community Food Bank Board Meeting.

Other continuing board members are K.C. An, Jennifer Casteix, Barry Corey, Mark Fay, Diane Frisch, Jamie Gutierrez, Monique Grigg Harley, Sarah Jezairian, Gregg Johnson, Jim Kolbe, Sam R. Levitz, Stephanie Porter, Stellisa Scott, James Watson and Bill Young.  Terri Valenzuela has been elected to the Honorary Board for her many years of service to the Community Food Bank.

For additional information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215 or at jparris@communityfoodbank.org.



St. Michael’s Parish Day School raised $508.65 which they donated to the Community Food Bank

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Pictured here are two Third Grade Classes from St. Michael’s Parish Day School.  The classes held a bake sale on November 6, 2009 and raised $508.65 which they donated to the Community Food Bank



Bear Down Friday on November 20th to Benefit the Community Food Bank

ASUA/Zona Zoo and Bear Down Fridays will sponsor a food drive to benefit the Community Food Bank on the UA Campus on Friday, November 20th.

Community members are invited to bring cans of non-perishable food or monetary donations.  All proceeds will go to support the Community Food Bank during these difficult economic times. 

Community members who donate the most food and/or money as judged by ASUA will win tickets for two to the Oregon Football Game and watch the game from the field during the second quarter and visit the skybox at halftime.  Second prize will be a Main Gate Gift Certificate for $50.00.  The winners will be announced at 6:45 PM.

The event will take place on Friday, November 20, 2009 from 4:00 PM to 6:45 PM at Main Gate Square located between Park and Euclid on University. 

 Parking is free in the Tyndall Garage with a Merchant Validation.   

 Come and join the fun of Bear Down Friday and help support the Community Food Bank.

 For more information, contact Jane McColllum at the Marshall Foundation, (520) 622-8613 or (520) 465-8122.



More Arizonans Struggling with Hunger says new USDA Report

PHOENIX, ARIZONA:  In Arizona, 329,000 households (13.2%) struggled with hunger during 2006-2008, the 14th highest rate in the country, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  While that number represents an almost 12% decrease from ten years ago, it’s an 8% increase from five years ago.  Most alarmingly, the number of households living in very low food security, defined as frequent cutting back or skipping meals based on survey results from the report, increased more than 51% in the last five years.

“These troubling numbers show just how many people do not have regular access to food in Arizona,” said Ginny Hildebrand, president and CEO of the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB).  “When you then consider the report uses numbers from 2008, and since then we’ve seen unemployment increase and the economy stagnate, it is very likely there are more food insecure households than this report states.”

It is important to note the timing of the report fails to tell the whole story, since the numbers do not take in account the recession’s continued impacts in 2009.  In Arizona, the numbers are almost undoubtedly worse, as the USDA uses three-year averages to compensate for limited sample sizes.  As a result, the state data is an average for 2006-2008, missing much of the recession’s most recent local impact.

Nationwide, the report shows more than 49.1 million people lived in food insecure households in 2008, up from 36.2 million in 2007 and 33.2 million in 2000, and the highest number ever recorded by the USDA.  More than 17 million are children under the age of 18.  An amazing 37% of single-parent, female-headed households with children are food insecure.  2010 is a critical year for issues related to child hunger, as Congress will vote on extending and improving Child Nutrition Reauthorization bills to meet President Obama’s goal of ending child hunger by 2015.

The USDA report also confirms what AAFB has previously stated, namely that child hunger remains a serious issue nationwide and within Arizona, where one in five children under age 18 struggle with food insecurity.  While AAFB member food banks have kept pace with increased demand by distributing approximately 60% more food in 2009 than in 2008, best estimates show this only meets 62% of the present need. 

“We are seeing more and more people seeking out assistance as the economy has worsened,” said Cynthia Zwick, executive director of the Arizona Community Action Association.  “The food bank network provides a great safety net for families and individuals in need, and many Arizona families are now utilizing SNAP (food stamps), which has seen a 41% increase in household enrollments from October 2008 to October 2009.”

The USDA report is based on data the Census Bureau measures annually.  Food insecurity is determined through a series of household survey questions about the ability to obtain enough food for an active, healthy life for all members.  The full report can be found at www.ers.usda.gov/features/householdfoodsecurity/.

Established in 1984, the Association of Arizona Food Banks is a private, non-profit organization serving five-member regional food bank warehouses (Community Food Bank, Desert Mission Food Bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, United Food Bank, Yuma Community Food Bank) and a network of nearly 1,700 food pantries and agencies. As one of the first state associations in the nation, AAFB was instrumental in the development of a statewide gleaning project, and our advocacy efforts have brought about beneficial state and federal legislation for our member food banks and the people they serve. For more information, to find a food bank or pantry in your area, or to learn more about donation and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.azfoodbanks.org.



The Top Dead Center Hosts Salem The Bear’s Meth-Free Food Drive

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The event will be from 5:00 pm to closing

The Hut on 4th Avenue
305 N. 4th Ave Tucson, AZ 8570

All proceeds will go to the Community Food Bank. Admission will be $5 or equivalent in food donations.

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5:00    Michael P.
6:00    Greg Morton
7:00    Bryan Dean Trio
8:00    Garcia Brothers
9:00    Top Dead Center
10:00    Stefan George
11:00    8 Minutes to Burn
12:00    Tryst

SALEM’S METH-FREE HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE!
5:00    Michael P.
6:00    Greg Morton
7:00    Bryan Dean Trio
8:00    Garcia Brothers
9:00    Top Dead Center
10:00    Stefan George
11:00    8 Minutes to Burn
12:00    Tryst


Tommy Bahama Holiday Food Drive

Help us and the Community Food Bank provide meals to those in need this Holiday Season.

Tommy Bahama
2905 E Skyline Drive #268
Tucson, AZ  85718
520.299.8830

Bring in 5 or more cans of food and enjoy $25 off your retail purchase of $50 or more*

*some restrictions apply, see an associate for details

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Community Food Bank to Dedicate Rainwater Harvesting System

The Community Food Bank will dedicate its new 14,000 gallon water harvesting cistern on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM.  The dedication will take place at the Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Road in Tucson.

This new cistern is one of the largest in Southern Arizona and stands twenty-one feet tall and twelve feet wide.  Water will be used to irrigate the Community Food Bank’s Demonstration and Market Garden.  The water harvesting system was installed by Southern Arizona Rain Gutters, Inc. on the west side of the Food Bank and will collect rain from the 140,000 square foot building.

The rainwater harvesting system was funded by the Central Arizona Project, Resurrection Lutheran Church and a Community Development Block Grant.

The ribbon will be cut at 11:30 AM with refreshments and live music by “Entre Puruanos” to follow.

Water harvesting is promoted by the City and County and numerous local businesses who provide technical assistance.  Southern Arizona Rain Gutters and Watershed Management Group assisted the Food Bank and will be available to answer questions.

Tours and details on the cistern and garden will be available following the dedication.

For more information contact Amanda Morse at (520) 622-0525 x 237.



Fall Harvest Festival and Food Drive at Broadway Village

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Broadway Village, located at the southwest corner of Broadway and Country Club in the heart of Tucson, will host a Fall Harvest Festival on November 20th, the Friday before Thanksgiving. The adobe and brick landmark, having served Tucsonans for 70 years with its shaded courtyards, quaint shops, colorful potted flowers and brick patios, will provide a magical setting for local food, fun, music, dancing, storytelling, shopping, and kids workshops. Admission is free for the whole family, with an optional donation of non-perishable food items for the Community Food Bank.

The day-long festival will commence with a special edition of  Friday Farmers Market from 9am to 2pm, featuring favorite Thanksgiving recipes presented by top local chefs, Native American artisans demonstrating their crafts, information presented by Native Seeds/SEARCH, and exhibits by more than 40 independent vendors of local and regional produce and products.

The Fall Harvest Festival will continue at 4pm with after-school activities for children of all ages, including a performance by the Redhouse Dancers in traditional Navajo costume, storytelling by Greg Loumeau, local children’s book author, artist and musician, and a children’s art workshop offered by KidzArtArizona.  The festival will conclude at 6pm with the announcement of prize winners of a citywide coloring contest now underway for children 12 and under.

“With the Fall Harvest Festival, we all look forward to celebrating the season of Thanksgiving and to fostering a real appreciation for the cultural traditions and gifts unique to our diverse community,” said Randall Finfrock, a managing partner with Broadway Village, the event sponsor.
“It’s also a special opportunity for all of us to share our blessings by supporting the Community Food Bank during this time of great need.” Finfrock added.

Coloring contest templates for children 12 and under are now available at any participating Broadway Village merchant or by download at www.broadwayvillagetucson.com.  Entries are due by November 19th.



Bookmans on Grant – Community Food Bank Donation Drive

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Anyone who donates 5 food items or $5.00 in cash will receive 20% off their entire purchase that day at Bookmans on Grant.