Community Food Bank’s Community Food Resource Center to Host Cultivating Food Justice Event

The Community Food Bank’s Community Food Resource Center will host a Cultivating Food Justice event on Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The event will be held at the Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus at 1255 North Stone Avenue (the northwest corner of Speedway and Stone).  Enter through the main doors and follow the signs to the conference room.

Join guest Robert Gottlieb, co-author of Food Justice, in a community conversation about how to begin to share the risks and benefits of where, what and how food is grown, distributed, processed, accessed and eaten.  Local panelists and Professor Gottleib will share stories about transformations in the food system. Refreshments and childcare will be available at this bilingual event.  The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Cultivating Food Justice is part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative to prevent or reduce obesity through increased opportunities for improved nutrition and physical activity.  Led by the Pima County Health Department, CPPW is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service.

For more information, contact Monica Garcia at (520) 622-0525 x 265

Family Fun Before the Rodeo at the Community Food Bank’s El Pueblo Farmers’ Market

Families that are looking for a fun way to spend the morning before the Rodeo on Saturday, Feb. 26th are invited to look no further than across the street to the El Pueblo Farmers’ Market where they will find a venue full of family friendly activities and prizes.

El Pueblo Farmers’ Market regularly collaborates with PE Partners, a student group, from Desert View High School to provide fitness related activities to families, but on February 26th, the student group will launch an incentive program to keep families thinking about the market throughout the week. The market passport program will run for 6 weeks and provide a variety of activities for youth. Those who participate in the market passport program will receive a punch card that keeps track of each visit to the market. During each visit, Desert View High School students will engage kids with a fun fitness or nutrition related activity. The participating children will then receive a small prize to take home. Those children that attend the market 5 times during the 6 week period will receive a 10 dollar voucher to shop at the Farmers’ Market.

All of the Community Food Bank farmers’ markets accept SNAP (food stamps), WIC checks, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit cards.  El Pueblo Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday from 9 AM – 12 PM in the El Pueblo Adult Learning Center Parking lot, on the SW Corner of Irvington Road and South 6th Ave.

The El Pueblo Farmers’ Market is part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative to prevent or reduce obesity through increased opportunities for improved nutrition and physical activity. Led by the Pima County Health Department, CPPW is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Community Food Bank Selected One of the 2011 Best Nonprofit Organizations to Work for

The Community Food Bank in Tucson has been selected as one of the 2011 Best NonProfit Organizations to Work For by The NonProfit Times.

A special publication profiling the 50 organizations selected as the Best NonProfit Organizations to Work for will be published in the March 2011 issue of The NonProfit Times.

Thousands of employees at nonprofits across the country were asked to nominate their place of business as the best place to work.  Each organization’s employees were then asked to complete a 72 question internal employee engagement and satisfaction survey.  The NonProfit Times partnered with The Best Companies Group to handle the survey.

The NonProfit Times publishes 22 times a year and is a source for business information for the nonprofit industry.

“The Community Food Bank is proud to be recognized by the NonProfit Times as one of the 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in the U.S,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.  “We work hard to make sure our employees and volunteers feel empowered in the fight against hunger.”

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

Gary Nicholl Elected to Marana Community Food Bank Advisory Board

The Marana Community Food Bank has announced that Gary Nicholl has been elected to its Advisory Board.  Mr. Nicholl has been with State Farm Insurance for twenty years and Tucson resident since 1996.

Mr. Nicholl was elected at the February 9, 2011 advisory board meeting.

Gary Nicholl’s commitment to the community is expressed in his service as board member of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Marana Police Advisory Commission and in 2009 he received the Marana Chamber Community and Business Builder of the Year Award.

“He has been such an asset to our community and we are please to have him on our board,” said Carol McGorray, Marana Food Bank Board Chair.

The nine-member Marana Community Food Bank advisory board assists the Executive Director in fund raising, community relations, solicitation of volunteers and other duties.  The food bank provides food assistance to more than 1,700 families each month from the areas of Marana, Avra Valley. Picture Rocks, Northwest Tucson and Oro Valley.

For further information contact Linda Hampton at (520) 682-3001.

Community Food Bank’s Marana Farm Stand Looking for New Vendors

The Community Food Bank’s Marana Farm Stand is looking for new vendors for the Monday afternoon weekly Farmers’ Market.  The Farm Stand is located at the Marana Heritage Farm, 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive in Marana, Arizona and operates on Mondays from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

As part of the continuing efforts to benefit and educate residents of Marana and surrounding communities, the staff at the Marana Farm Stand is actively welcoming new vendors for the Monday afternoon Farmers’ Market.

Vendors at the Farm Stand sell a variety of fruits and vegetables each week.  However, certain items are lacking.  Farm coordinator Maggie Whiteside believes that a vendor selling tomatoes, cucumbers, meat or dairy would be a major addition to the market.

“We would also consider anyone who bakes or wants to sell prepared food,” said Whiteside.  Selling ready-to-eat food may require vendors to follow certain health standards, but staff is willing to discuss these requirements with individuals.

The Marana Heritage Farm is a partnership between the Community Food Bank’s Community Food Resource Center, the Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department and dedicated community members.

Those interested in becoming a vendor at the Marana Farm Stand should contact

Maggie Whiteside at (520) 468-1416.

Cultivating Food Justice Event with Robert Gottlieb

What is the future of our food? A community conversation.
Featuring special guest Robert Gottlieb, co-author of Food Justice.

All are welcome to attend this free event!

Click to View Printable Flyer in English and Spanish

SUNDAY MARCH 6th, 2:00-4:00 PM
• Bilingual event
• Childcare and food provided

Pima Community College
Downtown Campus
1255 North Stone Avenue
NW Corner of Speedway & Stone Avenue
Enter through main doors and follow signs to the conference room

RSVP to: Mónica at (520) 622-0525 x265

Food Bank Recieves Anonymous Gift of $250,000

A young couple has anonymously given the Community Food Bank a gift of $250,000 on behalf of their family.  According to the food bank’s chief development officer, Pauline Hechler, “This is the largest one-time cash gift ever made to the food bank, and we are so grateful.”

Hechler says the couple chose the food bank for several reasons:  1) their family loves good, locally grown food and believes everyone, especially children, should have access to it, 2) they were impressed with the willingness of Nick Henry, who manages the Farm-to-Child program, to discuss their ideas, and 3) they liked the idea of putting some of the money into an endowment for the Farm-to-Child program.  “The care, passion and genuine qualities the food bank revealed to us” were the determining factors for their selecting the food bank for the gift, they said.

The Farm-to-Child program is being established as part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative to prevent or reduce obesity through increased opportunities for improved nutrition and physical activity. Administered by the Pima County Health Department, CPPW is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The program will begin working with childcare providers, forming them into groups to share resources, pool their buying power, and work with local growers to get healthy food at a reasonable price.  “This is an excellent opportunity to expose our future leaders to healthy foods and create a model program that can be implemented across the country,” says Community Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie.

For more information about the program, contact Nick Henry at (520) 622-0525 x 247.

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‘This Magic Moment’ with the Marana Community Food Bank

Marana will rock at the Community Food Bank’s first Annual 1960s-style event and you can get on board!

Friday April 8th
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Heritage Highlands Clubhouse at Dove Mountain

Come as you are—

or come as you were! We are going to boog-a-loo, shing-a-ling and twist the evening away as we remember some of the best music ever. The Sixties Garage Band will magically transport us back to a groovy time when life was less complicated. Order your tickets today!

This Magic Moment—

so different and so new—is the Marana Community Food Bank’s first, annual fund raising event. Your participation will ensure that the Marana Community Food Bank can continue its work in meeting the food needs of the hungry in Marana, Picture Rocks, Avra Valley and northwest Tucson.

Tickets are $35 a person or you can Purchase a table for ten for $350 and bring all your friends!

purchase tickets Table for 10

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Community Food Bank Cancels Citrus Gleaning for 2011

The Community Food in Tucson has cancelled the gleaning of citrus fruit for 2011 due to damage from recent cold weather.   The cancellation is also in effect for the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank in Green Valley, Arizona and the Marana Community Food Bank in Marana, Arizona.

“The recent Southern Arizona area record freeze has destroyed the citrus crops available for this year’s gleaning project,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO. “We are sorry for this development, but much of the fruit left on the trees is not edible.”

Homeowners who pick their own citrus and verify that it is good may call the Community Food Bank and arrange for pickup.

For additional information, contact Jacob Coldsmith at (520) 622-0525 x 260.