Stuff the CatTran Food Drive

The University of Arizona Staff Advisory Council, Parking & Transportation and UA Community Relations will join forces for the third annual “Stuff the CatTran Food Drive” on Wednesday, April 6th to benefit the Community Food Bank.

The “Stuff the CatTran Food Drive” will take place from 5:30 AM to 7:00 PM at Cherry and University on the UA Campus and will benefit the Food Bank’s Child Hunger and Nutrition Programs and the Emergency Food Box program.  Departments that have completed their campus food drives are asked to bring their donations to the “Stuff the CatTran” on April 6th.

The Tucson community is also asked to bring non-perishable food items that are in great need such as cereal, canned meats and canned vegetables.  Cash contributions will also be accepted.

University of Arizona President, Robert Shelton is expected to stop by the “Stuff the CatTran” event at 12:00 Noon on April 6th.

The “Stuff the CatTran Food Drive” is part of the 2011 UA4Food campus wide-drive that brings together the efforts of the faculty, staff, and students.  UA4Food is a program of the Office of Community Relations and is supported by the Main Gate Square Merchants and the Marshall Foundation.

Visit the UA4Food website at to donate online, view a listing of UA4Food events and food collection information.

For information on the “Stuff the CatTran Food Drive” contact Claudia Arias at 621- 2546 or cell at (520) 444-7377.

Hi-Falutin’ Red Hatters Present a Check

Hi-Falutin’ Red Hatters Sharon Noll, Martha Soto, Sandra Reino, Kathy Shore, & Carol Garcia present Pauline Hechler a check

Learn About Local Art at the Community Food Bank’s El Pueblo Farmers’ Market

April 2nd

As a culturally diverse city, Tucson has many talented artists in a variety of different art forms.  On April 2nd, El Pueblo Farmers’ Market will host an art fair that will not only showcase local artists, it will also provide several free family oriented art workshops on Origami, Gourd Painting, Pointillism and Rock Painting.  Arts and crafts from neighborhood artists will be for sale, and free art supplies will be raffled.

The workshops will be coordinated by El Pueblo Activity Center and taught by art instructor Marcos Cardenas and other local artists. The workshops are scheduled to begin at 9:15 AM.

9:15-10:00 AM Origami

10:00-10:30 AM Gourd Painting

10:30-11:00 AM Pointillism

11:00-11:45 AM Rock Painting

All of the Community Food Bank Farmers’ Markets accept SNAP (food stamps), WIC checks, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit.  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.

New Marana Farm Stand Vendor Offering Container Garden Kits

John Keller, a former minister and pool salesman, is now selling container gardens and local tomatoes at the Marana Farm Stand.  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.

A resident of Arizona for nearly 25 years, Keller retired from designing outdoor living areas and is now pursuing his passion for teaching people about container gardening.  The Earthbox is an easy-to-use container garden that regulates water levels and allows novice and advanced growers to improve their harvest.

“People don’t realize you can grow tomatoes year-round in Arizona,” Keller said “It’s easy and a great way to do container gardening.”  He welcomes people to visit his home near Dove Mountain to see the Earthbox in use, and Farm Stand visitors will now see Keller regularly at the market.

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.

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.  Those interested in becoming a vendor at the Marana Farm Stand should contact Maggie Whiteside at (520) 468-1416.

UA4Food to Again Benefit Community Food Bank’s Hunger Programs

Click here to Donate to the Wildcats’ UA4Food Virtual Food Drive

Click here to donate to the Main Gate Merchants UA4Food Virtual Food Drive

For the seventh consecutive year UA4Food brings together the efforts of University of Arizona students, faculty, staff and local merchants to fight hunger.  Proceeds from this year’s UA4Food Drive will benefit the Community Food Bank’s Child Hunger/Nutrition Programs and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

The UA4Food Drive is a program of The University of Arizona Office of Community Relations and is supported by the Main Gate Square Merchants.  Detailed information is available at  Virtual donations can be made at the same Web site.

Various organizations on campus will conduct individual food drives throughout the school year.  Organizations and dates for the food drives follow….

  • UA4Food Faculty and Staff Drive – March 14– April 6, 2011 – During this time drop off locations for food and monetary contributions will be placed throughout the University of Arizona.  Check the UA4Food Web site for a list of drop off locations and departmental ambassadors. Give easily and securely through the Community Food Bank’s virtual giving center at

Contacts:  Holly Altman at 626-4671 or Jacob Coldsmith at 622-0525 x 260

  • Staff Advisory Council “Stuff the CatTran” – Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 AM to 7 PM – At the CatTran Passenger Drop Off Zone at Cherry & University.

Participate in the third annual “Stuff the CatTran” event organized by the Staff Advisory Council, Parking & Transportation Services and UA Community Relations.  Community members are encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items.  Cash contributions will be accepted. Drive up drop off will be available.

Contact: Claudia Arias at 621-2546

  • Spring Fling 2011 Food DriveApril 7 & 8, 2011, 4 – 10 PM – Combine fun with philanthropy! Receive $5.00 off your Spring Fling wrist band purchase with a donation of four (4) cans of food.

ContactBrittany Steinke at 621-5610

Web site:

For information on the UA4Food Drive, contact Holly Altman at the University of Arizona Office of Community Relations, 626-4671 or log on to

Junior League of Tucson’s rummage sale

April 30th, 2011

(entrance fee will be $1 or one can of food for the CFB — $1 goes to Jr. League)

Ahoy Matey!  Looking for buried treasure?  Gather your family and friends and embark on your search at “Treasure Island“, The Junior League of Tucson’s 53rd Annual Rummage Sale, on April 29th and 30th at Hi Corbett Field.

Pillage and plunder through truckloads of quality items including clothing, furniture, antiques, household items, sporting goods, books, toys, new items and more!

Be the first to discover the loot at the Rummage Pre-Sale & Party on Friday, April 29th starting at 6p.m.  Entry is only $5 or free with the purchase of a $20 dinner ticket. This family-friendly event features a silent auction, $1,000 cash raffle, games and fun that are sure to bring out the “pirate” in everyone.

Join us for more treasure on Saturday April 30th from 7a.m.-1p.m. Entrance fee is only $1 or 1 canned good to support the Community Food Bank.

All proceeds from the Junior League of Tucson’s Rummage Sale support charitable services that make a positive impact in our community. Make a difference and find your buried treasure!

For more information or to donate rummage items, visit

Feinstein Matching Gift Challenge

Your Gift Does More!

Donations of cash or food received between March 1 and April 30,  2011, are eligible for the Feinstein Challenge. During this nationwide challenge,
the Rhode Island-based Feinstein Foundation will provide a partial match for every dollar raised or pound of food donated. Your recent gift qualifies and will be partially matched!

Founded in 1991 by Alan Shawn Feinstein, the Feinstein Foundation is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood. Each hungerfighting organization is given a proportional share of the $1 million, based on how much money and food they raise. As a result of the 2010 challenge, the food bank received over $15,000 in matching funds.

Visit from Casas Adobes Elks Lodge 2660

Carolyn Shelton and Don Baker present Pauline Hechler with a check for $500 from Casas Adobes Elks Lodge 2660

13th Annual Curves Food Drive Kicks Off in April 2011

Curves of Tucson offers incentives to members and the community to donate food and cash to benefit Tucson Community Food Bank

During the month of April, Curves of Tucson will participate in the 13th Annual Curves Food Drive to collect non-perishable food and  cash donations to benefit the Tucson Community Food Bank.  Current members who make a $30 donation or an equivalent donation of food are eligible to join Curves with a special discount. From April 4-17, Curves will waive the membership fee for new members who donate a bag of non-perishable food or make a minimum donation of $30.

“Our goal is to top the donation that we made last year,” said Curves International 2009 Franchisee of the Year award winner Megg Giufurta. “This is a great opportunity for the members of our Curves community to help strengthen the Tucson community, too. Everything that our members donate at our club will benefit local families in need.”

In addition to the food and monetary donations that each gym collects, Curves International is offering gyms the opportunity to win cash prizes for their local food banks. Prizes will be awarded to clubs with the most food collected, clubs who beat their 2010 donation level by the largest amount and to two randomly selected clubs drawn from all the clubs who enter the contest. Curves clubs have donated more than 61 million pounds of food in the U.S. and Canada since 2004.

This year’s Food Drive will get off to a strong start when Curves International founders Gary and Diane Heavin are featured on ABC Television’s inspirational new show, Secret Millionaire, airing Sunday, April 3 at 8/7c. The Curves founders’ moving episode will help Curves members understand how the Curves Food Drive is the perfect opportunity for each of them to give back to their own communities.

“The past few years have been difficult for many families,” said Curves founder Diane Heavin. “Curves Annual Food Drive is one way that everyone in the Tucson area can make a real difference for a local family that is struggling. We encourage everyone, not just our members or those who are thinking about joining our gym, to make a cash donation or drop off a bag of non-perishable food items in April.”

For more information about Tucson Curves and the 2011 Curves Food Drive, visit our website at

Gap Give and Get Event

- The event takes place March 17th – 20th.

- The customer is given a coupon for 30% off their purchase and 5% goes to a charity such as Feeding America.

- Last year Gap was successful in making around 14 million dollars for the charities.


Gap locations at Tucson Mall and Park Place Mall will also serve as drop off points for donations to the Community Food Bank.