Community Food Bank Applies for USDA Rural Development ARRA Funding for Semi-Trailer

The USDA funding of approximately $200,000 will be utilized to purchase a rural distribution semi-trailer, this trailer will be used as part of the produce distribution program, distributing produce to the food bank’s rural feeding sites and moving produce to other areas outside of distribution area as needed.

The Community Food Bank’s current fleet is in use every day. Consisting of 17 refrigerated trucks it’s a struggle to keep up with demand for store pick up, agency, and branch bank deliveries. In fact, if a truck needs repairs the Community Food Bank does not have a truck to replace it and has to double-up pick ups and deliveries or ask agency partners to help.

The current rural distribution program includes 22 rural sites in Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties. The trucks used for these programs are in service full-time and unable to be utilized for any additional programs.

The requested truck for Amado, Arizona would allow the Community Food Bank to deliver additional fresh produce to underserved rural sites in southern Arizona and throughout the state. These areas often have limited access to retail grocery outlets and fresh produce. Produce is distributed to the Community Food Bank service area, including the rural sites mentioned above, and shared with sister food banks statewide when available.

Says CEO, Bill Carnegie ” This tractor-trailer will dramatically improve the Community Food Bank’s ability to move more fresh produce to more people in need in rural Southern Arizona communities. ”

The Community Food Bank obtains the bulk of it’s fresh produce from donors in Nogales, Arizona, one of the U.S.’s largest ports of entry. During the last fiscal year the food bank procured nearly 7 million pounds of produce from these donors; so far this fiscal year 4,800,000 pounds have been procured and distributed throughout the state, improving the diets of thousands of low-income Arizonans. According to the 2009 Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project report, 24% of the total product gleaned for the state is from Santa Cruz County.

In less than two years the Community Food Bank has tripled the number of produce distributors that donate product to the food bank; however, there are still many more potential donors. When the food bank receives a call to accept a donation, the turnaround is short. The donor will need the product picked up the same day or the donation may be lost. Currently the food bank uses a truck donated by St. Mary’s Food Bank to accept large donations but that truck is old and needs to be replaced. The addition of this semi-trailer will mean the Community Food Bank can increase the amount of produce procured by enabling us to better respond to donor requests, procure more produce and distribute it to rural areas throughout southern Arizona and statewide.



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University of Arizona UA4Food Drive Continues on April 17, 2010 with the “Run for your Life” 5k Run/Walk

The 2010 UA4Food Drive continues on Saturday, April 17th  with the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) “Run for Your Life” 5K run/walk on the U of A Mall (west end).

Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the 5K run/walk starts at 9:00 AM.  Early registration is $15 and includes an official race t-shirt, food and beverages, DJ entertainment, free giveaways and a prize raffle.  Proceeds go toward ending hunger here in Southern Arizona.

The UA4Food Drive brings together the efforts of the University of Arizona faculty, staff and local merchants.  Proceeds from this year’s UA4Food Drive will benefit the Community Food Bank’s Child Hunger and Nutrition Programs and the Emergency Food Box program

To register or for more info, go to www.rfyl.arizona.edu



Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Hosts “Eggstravaganza”

Who: Everyone welcome!

What: Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market “Eggstravaganza”

When: Thursday, April 1, 2010,
Hours:  3:00 to 6:00 PM

Where: NE corner of Speedway and Riverview, west of I-10 between Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind and El Rio Neighborhood Center

Admission: Free and open to the public

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market
“Eggstravaganza” is designed to encourage community members to eat healthy, save money and learn more about the local food system by raising their own chickens.  The “Eggstravaganza” will offer an opportunity for shoppers to talk with back yard egg producers, see some of the ducks and chickens that provide eggs for the market, and purchase fresh, local eggs for only $3/dozen.  There will also be a kids’ booth where children can decorate eggs to take home.

Local produce selections at the Farmers’ Market include salad and cooking greens, radishes, turnips, beets, leeks, fennel, potatoes, onions, citrus and much more.  Shoppers can also find Sonoran honey, dried beans and grains, free-range beef, fresh eggs, herbal remedies, locally roasted coffee, garden plants and cacti.

The Farmers’ Market accepts credit and debit cards, food stamps, cash, and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Cash Value Vouchers for fruits and vegetables.

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



Community Food Bank’s Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Hosts “Spring Cuisine with Chef Ralph”

Who: Everyone welcome!

What: “Spring Cuisine with Chef Ralph” at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’
Market

When:
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Market Hours:  3:00 to 6:00 PM
Cooking Demo:  4:30 to 6:00 PM

Where: Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market, on the NE corner of Riverview and
Speedway, West of I-10 between AZ School for the Deaf and Blind and El Rio Neighborhood Center

Admission: Free and open to the public

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market’s “Spring Cuisine with Chef Ralph” will encourage community members to cook and eat local seasonal produce, such as spinach, beets and citrus.  The event will feature a cooking demonstration by Chef Ralph Chavez, Executive Sous Chef of La Posada retirement resort in Green Valley.  Menu items may include Citrus and Beet Salad with Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette, Shaved Fennel and Apple Salad, and Spinach Salad with Free-Range Eggs and Honey Chive Vinaigrette.

Local produce selections at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market include citrus, salad and cooking greens, beets, turnips, carrots, radishes, cabbage, potatoes, green onions, fresh eggs, local honey, free-range beef and much more.

The Farm Stand accepts credit and debit cards, SNAP (food stamps), cash, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Cash Value Vouchers for fruits and vegetables.

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



University of Arizona’s 2010 Spring Fling to Again Benefit Community Food Bank

The University of Arizona’s 2010 Spring Fling will again benefit the Community Food Bank.  The partnership with Spring Fling is part of the campus wide  UA4 Food drive that brings together faculty, staff, students and area merchants to raise money and food for the Community Food Bank.  Spring Fling takes place at Rillito Downs (North 1st and River Road) April 8 through April 11, 2010.

The UA Spring Fling is the largest student run carnival in the nation.  It raises money for student clubs, organizations, events, and service work, but also benefits the Tucson community.  This year, Spring Fling will aid the Community Food Bank’s Child Hunger and Nutrition Programs and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Food Box program.

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Attendees at this year’s Spring Fling on Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9, 2010, can combine fun and philanthropy.  A donation of four cans of food will reduce their Spring Fling wrist band purchase by $5 (good for all rides that day).

“Over the years both Spring Fling and the Community Food Bank have benefited greatly from our partnership,” said Chase Sutton, Marketing Director for Spring Fling.  “Every year the Tucson and University communities continue to support the Community Food Bank through Spring Fling and strive to reach our goals of donations and attendance.”

For further information, contact Lexy Keffeler at 621-5610.



Staff Advisory Council “Stuff the CatTran Food Drive” To Benefit Community Food Bank Programs

The University of Arizona Staff Advisory Council, Parking & Transportation and UA Community Relations will join forces for the second annual “Stuff the CatTran Food Drive” on Wednesday, April 7th to benefit the Community Food Bank.

The “Stuff the CatTran Food Drive” will take place from 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM at Cherry and University on the UA Campus and will benefit the Food Bank’s Child Hunger and Nutrition Programs and the Emergency Food Box program.  The community is asked to bring non-perishable foods that are in great need such as cereal, canned meats and canned vegetables.  Cash contributions will also be accepted.

University of Arizona President, Robert Shelton will speak between 9:30 and 10:00 AM at the “Stuff the CatTran Food Drive” event.

The “Stuff CatTran Food Drive” is part of the 2010 UA4Food campus wide drive that brings together the efforts of the faculty, staff, and students.  UA4Food is a program of the Office of Community Relations and is supported by the Main Gate Square Merchants.

Visit the UA4Food website at www.ua4food.arizona.edu to donate online, view listing of UA4Food events and food collection information.

For information on the “Stuff the CatTran Food Drive” contact Joyce Childers at 621-7727 or (520) 349-6844.



Community Food Bank’s Marana Heritage Farm Stand Hosts Farm Tours

Who: Everyone welcome!

What: Tours of a 10-acre production and education farm

When: Monday, April 12, 2010
Farm Stand Hours:  3:00 to 6:00 PM
Farm Tours: 3:00 to 5:00 PM

Where: Community Food Bank’s Marana Heritage Farm at
12375 N. Heritage Park Drive (Tangerine Exit off I-10)

Admission: Free and open to the public

The Marana Heritage Farm Stand’s tours will cover the 10 acres of food producing fields, an “edible forest,” a passive water catchment system, composting, a chicken coop, a cob oven, and the Children’s Garden.  Community members will learn about the local food system by seeing the connection between the Marana Heritage Farm and the fresh fruits and vegetables they can purchase at the Farm Stand.

The Marana Heritage Farm is a partnership between the Community Food Bank, the Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department and many community members.  Produce grown at the Marana Heritage Farm is sold at the Marana Farm Stand, the Community Food Bank Farmers’ Market, and the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market.

Local produce selections at the Farm Stand include citrus, salad and cooking greens, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, radishes, cabbage, potatoes, green onions, apples, fresh eggs and much more.

All the Markets including the Farm Stand accept credit and debit cards, SNAP (food stamps), cash, and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Cash Value Vouchers for fruits and vegetables.

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



Geasa-Marana Library to Host Showing of the Movie “Food, Inc.”

The Geasa-Marana Library at 13370 North Lon Adams Road in Marana will host a showing of the movie “Food, Inc.” on Thursday, April 8, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.

The Marana Heritage Farm will hold a “Farm Stand” in conjunction with the showing of the movie and sell fresh vegetables from the farm.  Local produce selections at the “Farm Stand” will include citrus, salad and cooking greens, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, radishes, cabbage, potatoes, green onions, apples, fresh eggs and much more.

The movie “Food, Inc.” describes America’s industrial food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and workers’ rights.  A community discussion will follow the movie.

For more information, contact Nancy Lindeman at (520) 594-5259.



Hickman Family Farms to Donate 58,968 Eggs to Community Food Bank for Distribution in Southern Arizona

Hickman Family Farms from Buckeye, Arizona will deliver 58,968 eggs (4,914 dozen) to the Community Food Bank on Monday, March 22, 2010 at 10:00 AM.  The eggs will be delivered to the Food Bank at 3003 S. Country Club Road in Tucson.  Joy Tucker, Community Food Bank Senior Vice President for Facilities Management will be on hand to accept delivery from Hickman Family Farms and their mascot “Funky Chicken.”

The Hickman egg donation will be distributed to the Child Nutrition Program, the Rural TEFAP food box program in Graham, Greenlee, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties and through the Agency Market Program in Pima County.

“The Community Food Bank once again is grateful for the generous donation of eggs that Hickman Family Farms has provided,” said Tucker.  “Eggs are a source of high quality protein which will greatly benefit the nutritional needs of low income children and families in Southeastern Arizona.”

Photo and interview opportunities will be available following the unloading of the 58,968 eggs.

The Hickman Family Farm egg donations are being coordinated statewide by the Association of Arizona Food Banks.

For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215 or cell at (520) 444-5412.