Quail Creek Car Show benefiting the Green Valley Community Food Bank

Once again it is time for the Quail Creek Car Show benefiting the Green Valley Community Food Bank.

The show is being held on SundayMarch 28 th from 10 am – 2 PM at the Quail Creek Clubhouse. This is the 5th annual.  The event will start following a 9:00 am parade of cars starting down Campbell Ave & continuing around Quail Creek until they reach the club house.

Registration is $5.00 at the show.  This $5.00 will be donated to the food bank along with the moneies raised by two 50/50 raffle drawings.
There will be food & drinks available & entertainment by DJ Craig Perrillo.

Spectators and participants are encouraged to bring food items to donate.  A Quail Creek Security truck will be available for these donations.  Last year $801 & 230 pounds of food were collected & presented to Mary Jane Goodrickbranch manager of the Community Food Bank of Green Valley & Quail Creek residentfor donation.   This donation was in turn increased by the Feinstein Challenge an annual event made possible by Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Feinstein.  Each  participating food bank received a proportional share of $1 million dollars based on the amount of food and money raised from March 1 thru April 30 th.

The event is sponsored by Quail Creek & organized by Wayne Pottercar enthusiast & Quail Creek Resident.

For more information contact Wayne Potter @ 648-3393

Articles in the News about the Green Valley Community Food Bank

Check presentation from the Walden Family (FICO) to the GV Food Bank
Please click to read the article from the Green Valley News and Sun here

Letter to the Editor- Gleaning Program
Please click to read the article from the Green Valley News and Sun here

GV Community Food Bank says Goodbye to Loyal Worker
Please click to read the article from the Green Valley News and Sun here

National Feinstein Challenge helps Green Valley Food Bank

By Ellen Sussman, Special to the Green Valley News
Published: Saturday, February 27, 2010 1:41 PM MST

For the ninth consecutive year the Green Valley Community Food Bank is participating in the Feinstein Challenge, an annual event made possible by Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Feinstein. Since its first challenge in 1991, the Feinstein Foundation has offered $1 million to non-profit, anti-hunger agencies throughout the United States.

The challenge runs March 1 through April 30. Each participating food bank and agency receives a proportional share of the $1 million based on the amount of food and money raised.

Mary Jane Goodrick, executive director of the food bank, said cash and check donations received through April 30 will be reported to the Challenge.

Food donations received during this two-month period are recorded as a $1 donation per pound.

“As a result of the 2009 Feinstein Challenge, we raised $103,713 in monetary donations and the equivalent of $161,206 in food donations (for a total of $264,919.00),” she said.

“Multiply that by nine (the Food Bank’s buying power) and that’s the impact. In this tough economy, our goal is to maintain that level of giving for 2010.”

Last year, the Food Bank received $1,001 as their proportional share from the Challenge, which Goodrick said is the most they’ve ever received.

Donations and volunteers

She said the food bank has seen a 22 percent increase in food assistance provided in 2009 compared to 2008, as well as a change in the client base.

There are more young families where one or both parents have lost their jobs or had their hours cut and there are more seniors who don’t have enough to cover minimal expenses.

In 2009, 1,468 households received food assistance helping a total of 4,650 clients; 51 percent were adults ages 18 to 59, 12 percent seniors and 37 percent children.

In addition to ongoing donations, volunteers are another reason the food bank is able to help so many. In 2009, 272 volunteers donated a total of 18,811 hours, which Goodrick said is the equivalent of 9.5 full-time employees.

An appreciation luncheon will be held March 13 from noon to 2 p.m. for volunteers.

Once again, Carolyn and Win Tandy are donating their catering skills. Goodrick said it’s their way of giving back.

Contact Green Valley freelance reporter Ellen Sussman at ellen2414@cox.net.

Write-A-Will workshops

Do You Need a Will ?

A will can help you voice your values and
wishes, and ensure they are respected. It
also will alleviate your family of the burden of
trying to guess your final wishes, and prevent the
confusion that can result when there is no will.

Join us for a free workshop with a top estate planning attorney!
The Community Food Bank, together with Easter Seals Blake Foundation; Literacy Volunteers of Tucson,
Inc.; the Humane Society of Southern Arizona; Pima Community College Foundation; and YMCA
Foundation, is offering free workshops on updating and creating a will.

Thurs., March 4, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Kay Richter
Northern Trust Bank
6444 E. Tanque Verde Road

Mon., March 8, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Presenter: Kay Richter
PCC Community Campus
401 North Bonita Ave, #109/112

Fri., March 12, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Presenter: Jane Larrabee
Northwest YMCA
7770 N. Shannon Road

Mon., March 15, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Presenter: Bill Asdell
PCC District Office
4905 E. Broadway Blvd, Bldg C

Wed., March 17, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Robby Adamson
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2331 E. Adams Street

Tues., March 23, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Presenter: Jane Larrabee
Community Food Bank
3003 S. Country Club Road

Thurs., March 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Advanced Panel Session with elder law attorney,
financial planner and CPA
PCC District Office
4905 E. Broadway Blvd, Bldg C

Workshops will fill quickly! To reserve your space,
RSVP to Laura Dickerson at (520) 622-0525, Ext. 492.

Davis Monthan Officers and Enlisted Spouses Clubs and Community Food Bank Team up for Aerospace & Arizona Days

: Both the Officers and Enlisted Spouses Clubs at Davis Monthan Air Force Base will team up with the Community Food Bank to host a canned food drive during the Aerospace & Arizona Days air show on March 20 & 21, 2010.  Gates open each day at 8:00 AM.

Admission is free, but anyone interested may drop off canned food donations at the north ramp entrance when entering the base by car.  Those utilizing bus transportation can drop off their canned food donations at gate 29B as they arrive. The suggested donation is two cans of food.

All donations will go to support the Community Food Bank and its almost 200 affiliated agencies in Southern Arizona.

“This food drive provides Davis Monthan spouses a fantastic opportunity to give back to the local community,” said Heather Krauss, wife of Lt. Col. Timothy Krauss Air Show Coordinator.

For more information, contact Heather Krauss at (520) 282-3070 or Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215.

UA4Food to Again Benefit the Food Bank’s Child Hunger/Nutrition Programs and the TEFAP Food Box Program

For the sixth consecutive year UA4Food brings together the efforts of University of Arizona students, faculty, staff and local merchants.  Proceeds from this year’s UA4Food Drive will benefit the Community Food Bank’s Child Hunger/Nutrition Programs and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

The UA4Food Drive is a program of The University of Arizona Office of Community Relations and is supported by the Main Gate Square Merchants.  Detailed information is available at www.ua4food.arizona.edu.  Virtual donations can be made at the same Web site.

Various organizations on campus will conduct individual food drives throughout the school year.  Organizations and dates for the food drives follow….

UA4Food Faculty and Staff Drive – March 15– April 7, 2010 – During this time drop off locations for food and monetary contributions will be placed throughout the University of Arizona.  Check the UA4Food Web site on Friday, March 12th for a list of drop off locations and departmental ambassadors. Give easily and securely through the Community Food Bank’s virtual giving center at http://communityfoodbank.com/donate/ua4food/


Contacts:  Holly Altman at 626-4671 or Jacob Coldsmith at 622-0525 x 260.

Staff Advisory Council “Stuff the CatTran” – Wednesday, April 7, 5:30 AM to 7 PM – At the Tran Passenger Drop Off Zone at Cherry & University.

Participate in the second annual “Stuff the CatTran” event organized by the Staff Advisory Council, Parking & Transportation Services and UA Community Relations.  Community members are encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items.  Cash contributions will be accepted.

Contact:  Joyce Childers at 621-7727 or Randy Livingston at 247-2213.

Spring Fling 2010 Food DriveApril 8 & 9, 2010, 4 – 11PM – Combine fun with philanthropy! Receive $5.00 off your Spring Fling wrist band purchase with a donation of four cans of food. .

Contact: Lexy Keffeler at 621-5610

Web site:  www.springfling.arizona.edu

Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) “Run for Your Life” 5K Run and Food Drive Celebration– Saturday, April 17, 2010, 7:00 AM – 12 Noon – SHAC presents the fourth annual “Run for Your Life” 5K fun run/walk on the UA Mall.  Partnering with the UA Office of Community Relations, the run will serve as a celebration for the UA4 Food campaign. Proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank and Heifer International, to help end hunger here at home and abroad.  A $15 pre-registration fee and $20 day of the run/walk fee will cover the cost of donations and includes a t-shirt, refreshments and a chance to win prizes and giveaways on the day of the event.

Contact: David Salasfsky at 621-8297

Web site: www.RFYL.arizona.edu


For information on the UA4Food Drive, contact Holly Altman at the University of Arizona Office of Community Relations, 626-4671 or log on to www.ua4food.arizona.edu

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Hosts Spring Garden Celebration

Everyone welcome!

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
Spring Garden Celebration is designed to encourage community members to eat healthy, save money and learn more about the local food system by growing their own fruits and vegetables.  The Celebration will feature the annual spring seed exchange; information on desert gardening; live music; recipes and cooking demonstrations with seasonal produce; and vegetable seedlings, shade cloth and bird netting for sale.

Local produce selections at the Farmers’ Market include salad and cooking greens, radishes, turnips, cabbage, potatoes, onions, apples, 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.