Band Concert and Food Drive featuring Mikey and the Maniacs

Party for Hunger at the Territorial Tavern 3727 S. Palo Verde.

Saturday, May 29, 2010, 4:00 to 10 PM.

Admission is $3.00 per person with a non-perishable food donation ($5.00 without).

Information at 670-0066

Memorial Day Vintage and National Baseball Event, Community Food Bank Fundraiser

Where: TEP

When: 11AM (vintage game), 2PM (Nationals Game)

What: $1 off $3 admission price with donation of 2 cans

The Vintage Base Ball game will be at 11am.  Immediately after the game, fans will have the opportunity to come down on the field to interact with vintage players, use vintage equipment, get lessons, take pictures, etc.  At 2pm, the Tucson Nationals will take on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Mustangs.  Immediately following the game, there will be a concert by Clutch Draggin’ and the Lug Nuts (Classic Rock from the ’50s and ’60s).  Players will be available for autographs after the 2pm game.

Goo Goo Dolls Concert at Sol Casinos AVA Amphitheater to Collect Food for the Community Food Bank

The Goo Goo Dolls and the Goo Goo Dolls Street Team will be in concert on June 7, 2010 at 7:30 PM at the Sol Casinos AVA Amphitheater (5655 West Valencia Road).  Fans are asked to bring non-perishable food donations for the Community Food Bank.

Watch for the white and green food drive boxes for your donations. The food drive will run from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.

Youth Farm Project

The Community Food Bank’s Youth Farm Project announces two upcoming programs.  They are the Youth Farm Project’s Summer Youth Street Team and the 2010 Fall Youth Apprentice Program.

Learn about the Youth Farm Project

Youth Farm Project’s Summer Street Team: This program is a three-week intensive exploration of our community’s food systems.  Street Team participants will navigate issues of hunger, nutritional poverty and food security in our community, while also investigating sustainable agriculture and local food resources as a way to build healthy communities. Participants will take field trips to visit local farms, backyard gardens, grocery stores, soup kitchens and other organizations, as well as participate in a community-wide event at the end of the program

Program dates are June 28th though July 16th, Monday –Friday.  Street Team members will receive a $200 stipend.  The program is seeking youth15 to 20 years of age.  We are still accepting applications, apply today! For more information, contact the Youth Farm Project staff at (520) 873-7401 or e-mail at

Download the application materials for our Summer Youth Street Team program (June 28-July 16, 2010):

View Youth Summer Street Team Fact Sheet

View Youth Summer Street Team Application

2010 Fall Youth Apprentice Program: This program will take place from September 11th through December 18th.  The Youth Apprentice program is a farm–based learning opportunity for youth who express interest in learning where their food comes from.  Youth will participate in Saturday work days and will learn the many aspects of sustainable food production including planting, harvesting, greenhouse propagation, irrigation, water harvesting, vermiculture, garden design and poultry care.  Apprentices will also explore our food system through hands-on learning and field trips.

Download the application materials for our Fall Youth Apprentice Program (Sept 11-Dec 19, 2010):

Youth Apprentice Fact Sheet 2010

Youth Apprentice Application 2010

The program takes place at the Community Food Bank’s 10-acre Marana Heritage Farm located off Tangerine Road in Marana, Arizona.  The program is seeking youth 15 to 20 years of age.  The application deadline is September 1st.  For more information, contact the Youth Farm Project staff at (520) 873-7401 or e-mail at

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Community Food Bank Receives Almost 250,000 Pounds of Food from Letter Carriers’ Drive, Recycles More Than 47,970 Plastic and Paper Bags

Thanks to Southern Arizona residents, who participated in this year’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, the Community Food Bank received almost 250,000 pounds of food for hungry families. Thanks to Food City, Community Food Bank also was able to recycle the more than 47,970 plastic and paper bags that held the food donations.
“Of all the drives that we participate in, this one brings in the most pounds of food each year,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO. “Every pound of food that’s been collected will immediately assist hungry families in Southern Arizona, and we feel good knowing that Food City will help us to recycle the plastic bags from this drive.”

“Stamp Out Hunger” is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Every year, on the second Saturday of May, more than 230,000 U.S. Postal Service letter carriers hit the streets to collect non-perishable food donations from homes across the country. The food is then delivered to food banks and hunger relief organizations in more than 10,000 communities, including neighborhoods throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona.

“This large food donation couldn’t come at a more perfect time, as we’re experiencing such an increase in demand right now,” said Carnegie. “In part, this is due to kids being out of school during the summer months, but it’s also because more families are seeking assistance than in previous years. To give you an idea of what the demand is like, this large donation of food will only last us until August.”

Food City assisted the food bank by picking up more than 47,970 plastic and paper bags in one of its 48-foot semitrailers so that the bags could be recycled properly – into things like paper, plastic decking, park benches and playground equipment – rather than end up in a landfill.

“We were thrilled to assist the Community Food Bank with this drive because it helps so many local families in need,” said Tucson Food City Store Director Ramon Lopez. “We’re also committed to doing our part by encouraging residents to bring their plastic bags to their neighborhood grocery store so the bags can be recycled the right way.”

Most grocery stores in Tucson proudly and prominently display large recycling bins with clearly marked Bag Central Station signs at their entrances. Bag Central Station locations allow residents and visitors to recycle plastic bags as well as many other plastic materials that are not accepted in curbside recycling bins.

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Hosts “Buzzing about Bees” Celebration

Everyone welcome!

Market Hours:  4:00 to 7:00 PM
Bee Keeping Presentation: 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Songs from “The Singing Bee Keeper”: 5:00 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 “Buzzing about Bees” Celebration is designed to educate community members about the art and science of bee keeping.  Through story and song, Freddie Terry “The Singing Bee Keeper” will provide a hands-on presentation on working with bees, bee biology, hive construction, and the medicinal properties of honey.  Also on display will be tools for beekeeping, honey comb, a bee suit, and a variety of honey.

Local produce selections at the Farmers’ Market may include early apples, garlic, green beans, chilies, purslane, tomatoes, onions, melons, summer squash, potatoes, 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 and cash.  The Market also accepts AZ Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (AZFMNP) coupons 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.

Summer Food Service Program for Children

The Community Food Bank, Inc. announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Free Meals will be made available to all children, ages 18 and under, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service. Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:

The Summer Food Service Program runs from June 1 through July 23, 2010.
Listed below are the days, times and locations meals will be provided

Sopori Elementary School
5000 W. Arivaca Rd.
Amado, AZ 85645
Breakfast 7:30AM – 8:30AM
Lunch 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Meals will be provided Monday – Friday

Arivaca Community Center
16012 W. Universal Ranch Rd.
Arivaca, AZ 85601
Breakfast 9:00AM – 9:30AM
Lunch 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Meals will be provided Monday – Friday
* Lunch will not be available Monday and Friday.

Sahuarita High School – Central Cafeteria
350 W. Sahuarita Rd.
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Breakfast 7:30AM – 8:30AM
Lunch 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Meals will be provided Monday – Thursday

Swetlands Community Center – Sahuarita Park
15550 S. Sahuarita Park Rd.
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Breakfast 8:00AM – 8:30AM
Lunch 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Meals will be provided Monday – Friday

Ajo Elementary School
111 N. Well Road
Ajo, AZ 85321
Breakfast 7:30AM – 8:30AM
Lunch 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Meals will be provided Monday – Friday

Hickiwan Recreation Center
Tohono O’odham Nation
Breakfast 9:00AM – 10:00AM
Lunch 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Meals will be provided Monday – Friday

GuVo/Al-jek Recreation Center
Tohono O’odham Nation
Breakfast 9:00AM – 10:00AM
Lunch 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Meals will be provided Monday – Friday

Pissinimo Recreation Center
Tohono O’odham Nation
Breakfast 9:00AM – 10:00AM
Lunch 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Meals will be provided Monday – Friday

For further information, contact Debra Leffler, Child Nutrition Programs Coordinator, at (520) 622-0525 ext. 261 or

To file a complaint of discrimination, write or call immediately to:
Director, Office of Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C.  20250-9410
(800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY)
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Employees of Raytheon present the Community Food Bank with a check for $7,526.00 from the 2010 Hot Rods and Hot Dogs car show.  Hot Rods and Hot Dogs was held on Monday, March 29, 2010 to benefit the Community Food Bank with 105 classic car entries.

From Left to right back row:
Dan Aguirre. IAMAW 933- Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO -Hank Embltor, Rays of H.O.P.E

Front row left to right:
Karen Christensen, Rays of H.O.P.E. – Sue Stout, Rays of H.O.P.E. – Gerald Van Zee, Rays of H.O.P.E