Donors Change Children’s Lives

Children are the saddest victims of hunger. Unfortunately, about 40 percent of the Community Food Bank’s clients are children. Food for children in need is more essential than for anyone else. They need adequate food both to grow up strong and healthy and to concentrate in school.

Luckily the effects of growing up in poverty don’t have to last a lifetime if a child’s nutritional needs are met. You and our other generous donors are giving local children a fighting chance every day. In addition to the various children’s organizations, after school programs and foster care facilities your donations help us provide food for, we have our emergency food assistance which can be accessed by families at pantries throughout Tucson and southern Arizona.

Additionally, the food bank has three programs especially for at-risk children. Snak Paks for Kids® provides a backpack full of healthy food for the weekends for children whose families rely on free school meal programs. Kid’s Club~Adventures in Nutrition® provides healthy after-school snacks/meals for children enrolled in after-school programs in at-risk neighborhoods. Summer Meals® provides food to children living in rural areas of southern Arizona who rely on free school meal programs during the year but cannot access them when school lets out for the summer.

Last year donors gave $74,000 specifically for these three children’s programs. These funds helped us bring support to thousands of children. So far this year we have received over $50,000 to strengthen our children’s programs.

Saving Money and the Planet with Solar

The Community Food Bank strives to be a leader in the Tucson community in our efforts to be energy efficient. “We are excited to add solar energy to our water harvesting, recycling, hybrid truck technology and energy efficiency programs at the Community Food Bank,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO. “We are proud to set the example for other businesses in the region.”

We have funding to install solar-covered parking for 42 of the 235 total parking spaces in our lot. We estimate the solar panels will save us nearly $10,000 annually. With the savings, we will be able to provide $90,000 of food. The funding for the solar project comes through the efforts of Congresswoman Giffords in the form of a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development with Economic Development Initiative Funds. The project also includes funding from TEP’s Up-Front Incentive Program.
The project will be constructed by Technicians for Sustainability, a local company. Construction is scheduled to start this fall and will be completed in four to five weeks. This is phase one of the project; additional solar panels will be added as funding becomes available.

The installation of solar panels at our main site is part of the food bank’s overall effort, not only to reduce operating costs so we can provide more food, but to be counted among the leaders in environmental conservation efforts in our community. Thousands of people visit our main site every year, making it an ideal location to showcase green projects.

In addition to our solar panels, the Community Food Bank has several hybrid trucks, a 14,000 gallon water collection tank that harvests rainwater from the roof of our 140,000-square-foot Tucson warehouse, and an excellent recycling program for the tons of cardboard that enters our facility every year.

A Holiday for Everyone

The Community Food Bank distributed over 29 million pounds of food last year; that’s a 30% increase over the previous year in requests for help.

“Summer can be a difficult time, as many of our donors are away for the season,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO. “Our demand is higher because children are out of school at this time of year and more people are unemployed.” Generous donors helped us fill the need during the long, demanding summer rush and we are grateful.

The only season more challenging is the holiday season. While it is shorter than the summer, the need in the community is more intense. “It’s like Black Friday at the mall down here,” said Eric Hitzeman, vice president of operations for the food bank. The lines of people and cars come close to unmanageable at our main warehouse in Tucson and at our branches and pantry sites.

This year we expect yet another increase in the number of people seeking assistance. It is imperative that we give people the same basic essentials that they count on us for at other times of the year, despite the increase in volume. However, we also make it a priority to give out holiday food items. We generally receive numerous donations of roasts and frozen turkeys. These perishable items are a perfect fit for our Agency Market program, which provides food to hundreds of local charities, many of which cook meals on-site for their clients. Charities shop at the Agency Market for free for the items they need. It’s then up to them to distribute the food to their clients—children, families, seniors, the unemployed, the homeless, people suffering from illness or addiction, people fleeing abuse, veterans, and more.

We also are including holiday items with our emergency food assistance. Branch food banks will each be handling their area individually, depending on the donations they receive. For example, the Green Valley-Sahuarita branch is able to provide its clients with frozen turkeys, thanks to generous area donors. Unfortunately, Tucson’s distribution methods don’t allow for turkeys to be included with the boxes, as most of our pantries don’t have the ability to safely store them. This year, in both November and December, clients can look forward to a ham in their food boxes, as well as a variety of other extras like potato flakes and stuffing mix, to help everyone provide a holiday meal.

Every year we count on our generous donors to make all of this possible. If you are interested in helping the Community Food Bank this holiday season, be aware that your donation may qualify for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.

An Afternoon at The Gaslight Theatre Hosted by “HIFALUTIN RED HATTERS” to support the Community Food Bank



While Supporting the Tucson Community Food Bank (a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Food Bank)

When: Sunday, January 16, 2011

Doors open: 2:15 PM,  MATINEE Show starts: 3 PM

Where: Gaslight Theatre, 7010 East Broadway, Tucson, Arizona 85710

Cost: $20.00 per person;  Deadline: December 10, 2010
Tickets will be mailed December, 2010  (ticket information

DONATIONS OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR (Food Bank cannot distribute food with expired dates)

View Flier with Ticket Purchase instructions (the deadline to purchase tickets is DEC 10th!)

“Scouting for Food” day

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tucson: Saturday, December 11, 2010 will be “Scouting for Food” day in Southern Arizona.  Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from the Catalina Council of the Boy Scouts of America will deliver collection bags to homes in their neighborhoods during the week of December 4th and will then return to collect the bags on Saturday, December 11th.  All food collected will benefit the Community Food Bank and other hunger relief organizations in Southern Arizona.

Residents are asked to place non-perishable food items in the collection bags at their front door by 8:00 AM on Saturday, December 11th.  The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will collect the food and deliver it to the appropriate organization to help feed hungry families in Southern Arizona.

Scouting teaches youth the value of helping others and giving back to their communities.  By collecting food for hungry families throughout Southern Arizona, the Scouts are doing a good turn and helping other people

There are 430 units and almost 6,000 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in The Catalina Council of the Boy Scouts in Southern Arizona.  It is hoped that a majority will participate in “Scouting for Food.”

For information about “Scouting for Food,” contact Justin Rice, Program Director of the Catalina Council at (520) 750-0385.

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Wilmot office of Picor Commercial Real Estate Service presents a donation of $766.56

Tina Olson and Diane Carlson from the Wilmot office of Picor Commercial Real Estate Service present Jack Parris, CFB Public Relations Manger with a donation of $766.56.  The donation was raised by the employees from that office. Thank you Picor Employees!

1 in 4 AZ children live in poverty: New Census Poverty Data Released

The U.S. Census Bureau released a second wave of poverty data from 2009 today, breaking down poverty by geographic region and ethnicity.  The key data point being that nearly 1 in 4 Arizona children (23.4%) lived in poverty in 2009, a 12.5% increase from 2008.  Complete 2009 data reports are available on the American Community Survey section of the Census website.

Eye-opening statistics released on September 16 showed 1 in 5 (19.6%) Arizonans lived in poverty in 2009, a staggering 37% increase from the 2008 numbers and the largest jump in the country.  This new figure ranks Arizona 2nd behind only Mississippi for highest percentage living in poverty in the country.  Nationwide, 1 in 7 Americans (43.6 million) lived in poverty in 2009, up 13.2% from 2008.

Actus Lend Lease Gives Back to Community Food Bank

The Tucson Community Food Bank will be one of many worthy organizations given a helping hand when the Lend Lease Group holds their annual Community Day on Thursday, September 30, 2010.

Community Day encourages Lend Lease employees around the globe to give something back to the communities in which they live and work. Employees select a local charity to work with and agree on a project which will best benefit that organization. Past activities have included visiting senior citizens, working at homeless shelters, cleaning up the local environment, raising money for animal shelters, and spending the day with underprivileged children.

Community Day is dedicated to utilizing Lend Lease employees’ time, energy and skills to reach out to the community and show we care. However, the chosen organization is not the only one who benefits, employees benefit from this experience as well seeing that it helps to create a strong team spirit and overall very enjoyable day. Employees unanimously agree – Community Day is an immensely rewarding experience.

On September 30, Around 30 employees from the Lend Lease Group at Soaring Heights Communities will converge at the Food Bank Farm in Marana and the Food Bank Warehouse to pick vegetables, weed gardens, prepare vegetables for the market, pack boxes of food and snack bags for kids, as well as any other chores needed to help the Tucson Community Food Bank feed those in need.

Vicki Becker, team leader of the Food Bank Project, says “This project was chosen because we believe in their mission and we have been working diligently for a couple of years now to establish an ongoing relationship with the food bank. Our endeavours include an ongoing “Virtual Food Drive”, annual Community Day projects, collecting food and monetary donations at company events, recycling aluminium cans with proceeds given to the food bank, even recycling plastic bags by collecting and donating them to the food bank for their reuse.”

Soaring Heights at Davis-Monthan AFB is proud of the long term community partnership it has created with the local food bank. Community Day always brings out the best in employees and enables them to show their commitment to Southern Arizona, particularly to those who have been affected by current economic conditions. In Vicki’s words, “It is the very essence of what Community Day is all about!”

This is Lend Lease’s 15th consecutive Community Day. Since the initiative began in 1996, employees have volunteered over 450,000 hours.

2010 Annual Jewish Food Festival to Support the Community Food Bank

Come to Tucson’s third Annual Jewish Food Festival, serving the entire Tucson community, at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park on November 7, 2010 at 11:00 am – 4:00 pm INFO: 520.512.8500

  • Jewish Foods – Prepared by Tucson’s leading chefs, Jewish food will be sold in generous portions.
  • Family Entertainment – There will be family entertainment, including children’s activities, vocal groups and bands.
  • World’s Largest Matzo Ball – The 2010 edition of the Jewish Food Festival will host a Guinness Book World Record attempt – 500 pounds of matzo ball…WOW!
  • Admission – Admission is $4 for adults. Childrent under 13 are free.

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