Watch “A Tale of Two Women: Crossing L.A.’s Grocery Divide”

Posted by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy “A Tale of Two Women: Crossing L.A.’s Grocery Divide” features two women–one who lives in a food desert, the other who lives in a neighborhood with full-service supermarkets–as they switch places. The video also highlights LAANE’s (Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy)  effort to pass a citywide policy that will bring supermarkets to underserved communities.



Gardening Workshops

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Complete Schedule (View Workshops in Spanish)

Call to sign up!- Contact  Luis or Mellissa at the Community Food Bank by  phone:  622-0525 ext, 264, or 263 or by email: lherrera@communityfoodbank.org or mmundt@communityfoodbank.org

Site Design FRI, 8/27, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Soil and Compost FRI, 9/10, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Planting a Healthy Garden FRI, 9/17, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Hands-On Irrigation with Marana Farm Manager, Cie’na Schlaefli FRI, 9/24, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Raised Bed and Container Gardenening Tips with Master Gardner Marie Hirsch WED, 9/22, 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Seed Saving with Native Seed/SEARCH Farm Technician, Chris Lowen SAT, 9/29, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Composting with Worms! With Chris Mazarella, the Marana Farm worm caretaker WED, 10/6, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Harvesting Foods of the Desert with Desert Harvesters’ Dana Helfer SAT, 10/9, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Chicken-Raising Basics Food Bank staff and Poultry guru, Tony Bruno WED, 10/13, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Site Design SAT, 10/16, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Herbal Medicine Making: Prepare for the Cold Season! with herbalist John Slattery MON, 10/18, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Growing Fruit Trees with Master Gardener, Phil Wade WED, 10/20, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Soil and Compost SAT, 10/23, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Rainwater Harvesting with Dan Dorsey from Sonoran Permaculture Guild THURS, 10/28, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Planting a Healthy Garden SAT, 10/30, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
All About Soil with retired soil scientist, Don Breckenfeld SAT, 11/6, 9:00 AM -11:00 AM Community Food Bank Garden
Garden Basics Sat, 11/13, 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Marana Heritage Farm
Simple and Seasonal Cooking with Tiffany Rose Wood, Integrative Nutritionist THURS, 11/18 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Community Food Bank Garden
Cooking and Canning from the Garden Sat, 11/20, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM Marana Heritage Farm
Hands-on Passive Water Harvesting Sat, 12/4, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM Community Food Bank Garden


Muslim Student Association at the University of Arizona presents the Community Food Bank with a check for $415.75

Aqib Zehri from the Muslim Student Association at the University of Arizona presents Jack Parris from the Community Food Bank with a check for $415.75.  The donation was from a “Fast-A-Thon” that the Muslim students held in September of 2009.  Students fasted for one day and donated the money they would have spent on food to the Community Food Bank.

We wish to thank the Muslim Student at the University for their efforts on behalf of the Community Food Bank.



Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Hosts Prickly Pear Harvest Market

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 Prickly Pear Harvest Market will demonstrate to community members how to harvest, process and cook with one of the desert’s most abundant and nutritious foods!  The Market will feature prickly pear harvesting tips, a cooking demonstration, recipes, samples, ready-made prickly pear products for sale and live music.

Local produce selections at the Farmers’ Market include tomatoes, purslane, onions, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, okra, eggplant, garlic, basil, melons, apples and much more.  Shoppers can also find honey, dried beans and grains, eggs, herbal remedies, locally roasted coffee, chia seeds, garden plants and cacti.

The Farmers’ Market accepts credit and debit cards, food stamps, cash, WIC Cash Value Vouchers, and Arizona Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers for purchases.

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



Nogales Community Food Bank Receives Santa Cruz County’s First Commercial Hybrid Truck

The Nogales Community Food Bank has received Santa Cruz County’s first commercial Hybrid diesel/electric truck.  The 2011 Peterbilt Hybrid has a twenty foot refrigerated box and will be used to pick up donations and distribute produce in the Nogales, Arizona area.

The new Hybrid truck should not only increase fuel efficiency by 30%  over other trucks, but is equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system that can deliver near-zero emissions of NOx, an acid rain and smog-causing pollutant and greenhouse gas. The truck was purchased from the Rush Truck Center at 755 S. 44th Street in Tucson.

“We are pleased to have this new Peterbilt Hybrid truck to improve the efficiency of collection and distribution of donated food for our local families,” said Arthur Espinoza, Nogales Community Food Bank Executive Director.  “With this new Hybrid truck, we can improve our services and help protect the Southern Arizona environment.”

The Hybrid truck was purchased with a low interest loan from Feeding America and the Kresge Foundation.  Feeding America also provided $84,000 for operating expenses to go with the Hybrid.

For furthermore information, contact Arthur Espinoza at (520) 281-27090



Cricket Communications Food Drive

Cricket Mission Plaza
4605 East Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85712
520-746-6991

Cricket Centre Point
2002 E. Irvington Rd
Tucson, AZ 85714
520-746-6993

Cricket Wetmore
405 E. Wetmore Suite G-103
Tucson, AZ 85705
520-746-6992

Cricket Nogales
377 N. Grand Avenue
Nogales, AZ 85621
520-287-2029

Cricket’s Southern Arizona Diversity team is very excited about doing its part to help anyone in our community that could benefit from our local community food bank.  Our goal is to continue Crickets great practice of celebrating our companies diversity within our employees, customers and our community!  We have participated in a number of activities in 2010 including serving food at our local Ronald McDonald House to celebrating different cultures within our retail stores such as Cinco De Mayo and Martin Luther King Day.  Cricket has three locations in Tucson and one in Nogales and we will be collecting food for the entire month of July – Please help Cricket give back to our community!!!

Special Offer:
Waived $3 Payment fee at all 4 Corporate store locations for month of July with 3 or more cans of non-perishable foods delivered at time of payment.