Wells Fargo begins collection drive for Arizona food banks

Wells Fargo is conducting a summer food drive in Arizona to collect donations for food banks, July 15 to 31.  The event is the only statewide food drive held in Arizona – with collection bins in all 261 Community Banking stores throughout the state.

Donations will benefit members of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which collectively distributed more than 110 million pounds of food last year – enough to provide 235,445 meals every day through 1,600 sites.  People who wish to donate cash can send checks to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, 2100 N. Central Ave., Ste. 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004.  Donations also may be made online at http://www.azfoodbanks.org.

“All of us at Wells Fargo are excited to help with this food drive,” said Pam Conboy, regional president for Wells Fargo Regional Banking in Arizona.  “Last summer our team collected 58 tons of food, and this year we hope to provide even more.  The need is so great – more than 16 percent of Arizonans live in poverty, including more than 20 percent of children under the age of 18.  Our Arizona Wells Fargo team wants to help.”

According to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, local food shelves that are filled during holiday season collection drives in November and December are nearly depleted by summer.

“Today’s economic challenges have placed more pressure than ever on our members and their agencies,” said Ginny Hildebrand, President and CEO, Association of Arizona Food Banks.  “With rising unemployment, demand for food bank service is at record levels.  With this drive, Wells Fargo is helping our food banks at a time when the need is critical.”

About Wells Fargo

In Arizona, Wells Fargo has 14,000 team members and 261 stores.   Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $1.2 trillion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 10,000 stores and 12,000 ATMs and the Internet (wellsfargo.com and wachovia.com) across North America and internationally.

Street Feast! Takin’ Food and Art to the Streets

on 7th st. between 4th ave. and 5th ave.

A Community Celebration With:

~A unique and delectable Local Foods Dinner, supplied by local growers, and prepared by Café 54.
~Art Performances, Displays, and Presentations on Food Systems and Food Justice by the Youth Farm Project’s Street Team members.

The Youth Farm Project‘s summer Street Team is a three week intensive program for youth ages 15-20.  It is an in depth investigation into sustainable agriculture, food systems, and food justice.  Street team members will be visiting many sites throughout Tucson and southern Arizona and using what they learn to create art that will entertain, enthrall, and educate our community. A delectable local foods dinner will be served in a community-style atmosphere in beautiful downtown Tucson. Dinner will be prepared by community chefs, using local ingredients which support and benefit our Arizona farmers.  The art performances and exhibitions are free and open to anyone interested in celebrating youth empowerment and food in our community.

This celebration of food and art is brought to you by the Youth Farm project, a program of the Community Food Resource Center, a department of the Community Food Bank.  Our much appreciated partners are Cafe 54, the Food Conspiracy Coop, and the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association.

Dinner = $25
Art = Free!

Tickets Available At:

Antigone Books.
411 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705


Call the Youth Farm Project

Edible Desert: Harvesting Native Foods Class

We are excited to offer a summer class with Desert Harvesters http://www.desertharvesters.org that will introduce techniques to harvest and process different edible desert plants such as prickly pear, mesquite and cholla.  The class will be July 17th from 9-11 am.  Please register in advance with Melissa Mundt at the Community Food Bank at 622-0525 x 263 or through email: mmundt@communityfoodbank.com

Clare E. Cullen and Kirsten K. French Join the Community Food Bank

Clare E. Cullen and Kirsten K. French have joined the staff of the Community Food Bank in Tucson.

Clare E. Cullen has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and will be responsible for the overall financial management of the Community Food Bank. Ms. Cullen has held several financial management positions and since 2001 has been Director of Finance and Administration of The Providence Plan in Providence, Rhode Island.  She has a BA degree in Foreign Languages from Assumption College, L’Universite de Paris/La Sorbonne and an MBA degree in Accounting Concentration from Western New England College.

Kirsten K. French has joined the food bank as Special Events Coordinator and will be responsible for numerous food bank events including the annual Hunger Walk.  Ms. French spent eight years at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank as Volunteer and Special Events Manager and most recently was Community Relations Manager for the American Cancer Society in Tucson.  She has a BA degree in History from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

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

Members of Sahuarita Elks Club Tour Community Food Bank in Tucson

Members of the Sahuarita Elks Club toured the Community Food Bank in Tucson on May 28, 2010. Pauline Hechler, Vice President of Development (far right) conducted the tour.

Also joining the tour were Mary Jane Goodrick, Executive Director of the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank (second from right) and Shirley Pavlovich, Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank Board Chair (third from right).

Atria Valley Manor Residents Hold Yard Sale to Benefit the Community Food Bank

The residents held the Yard Sale on May 7th and 8th with ½ if the proceeds going to the Community Food Bank.

Pictured from left to right are Wally Kehm, Ana Evans, Jack Parris from the Community Food Bank, Marilyn Leonard and Janet Kehm.

We would like to thank the residents of the Atria Valley Manor for their hard work and their generous donation to the Community Food Bank.

The Classic Chevy Club of Tucson

The Classic Chevy Club of Tucson held their Annual Car Show on April 24, 2010 and designated the Community Food Bank as the recipient of a portion of the proceeds. from the show.  Sue Cisneros, Club Treasurer and Ray Cisneros, Board Member are shown presenting Jack Parris, CFB Public Relations Manager with a check for $1,115.00.

Our sincere thank you to the Classic Chevy Club of Tucson for their continued support.

SHAC 5K run check presentation

Lyandra Rodriguez and Maggie Saccomano, Co-chairs of the 2010 Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) 5 K Run/Walk present Jack Parris with a check for $1,313 from this year’s event.

The SHAC 5 K Run/Walk was held on the U of A Mall on April 17, 2010 and is part of the annual UA4Food Drive at the University of Arizona.

2nd Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival

FICO and Green Valley Pecan Company have a strong record of giving back to the community and community service is a key element of the Sahuarita Pecan Festival. Each year, the Sahuarita Pecan Festival will select three nonprofit beneficiaries to receive a portion of the event’s proceeds.

This year, FICO and Green Valley Pecan Company have selected the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank and Friends of Madera Canyon as the first two beneficiaries. The third beneficiary will be chosen by community vote.

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