We Need Your Votes! Help the Marana Farm Win an Orchard

Dreyer's LogoThe Community Food Bank’s own Marana Farm is in the running for an entire orchard of fruit trees! All we need to make this happen? Your vote through www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com. Once you register you can vote up to once daily to give the Marana Farm and our community the best chance at having this resource planted here.

Vote Now

Voting for “Communities Take Root” will run on or about April 15 – August 31, 2011. Visit www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com to read the inspiring nominations and cast your vote. The communities with the most votes will receive a fruit tree orchard, which will be planted in partnership with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to planting fruit trees to support healthy nutrition worldwide.

“Dreyer’s is passionate about helping neighborhoods become greener, healthier and of course, sweeter. Last year, tens of thousands of people voted at www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com to help select which 25 neighborhoods would receive a public orchard. After the votes were tallied, “It was amazing to witness people from all walks of life coming together in each community to help plant the fruit trees,” says Jia Li, Fruit Bars Associate Brand Manager.



Nourishing News Spring 2011

We Need Your Votes!

Dreyer's LogoThe Community Food Bank’s own Marana Farm is in the running for an entire orchard of fruit trees! All we need to make this happen? Your vote through www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com. Once you register you can vote up to once daily to give the Marana Farm and our community the best chance at having this resource planted here.

Vote Now

Voting for “Communities Take Root” will run on or about April 15 – August 31, 2011. Visit www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com to read the inspiring nominations and cast your vote. The communities with the most votes will receive a fruit tree orchard, which will be planted in partnership with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to planting fruit trees to support healthy nutrition worldwide.

“Dreyer’s is passionate about helping neighborhoods become greener, healthier and of course, sweeter. Last year, tens of thousands of people voted at www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com to help select which 25 neighborhoods would receive a public orchard. After the votes were tallied, “It was amazing to witness people from all walks of life coming together in each community to help plant the fruit trees,” says Jia Li, Fruit Bars Associate Brand Manager.


January 8, 2011Photo of Gabby

Gabrielle Giffords and her staff have spent countless hours working on behalf of the food bank, and visiting with us and our constituents. Several among our staff have crossed the boundary between colleague and friend. For everyone touched by the events of January 8, we would like to express our deepest sympathy and concern.

Out of the sadness comes hope. Donors from all over the country, and a few from the rest of the world, have stepped forward to support the food bank with gifts honoring those hurt or killed in this horrible tragedy. Over 1,700 people have contributed to the Gabrielle Giffords Hunger Fund. Over $160,000 has been donated. Forty-eight states and six countries are represented by the donors. Food also is being collected in huge quantities.

Gabby is much-beloved by those at the Community Food Bank, and we anxiously await her return. In the meantime, something special is in the works to be done in her honor with the gifts collected in the hunger fund. This spring, there will be an announcement about the plans. Thank you to all who have participated in this amazing outpouring of love. Click here to read comments by those who have doanted to the fund.


Caridad’s Volunteers Make it HappenPasta

The line stretched all the way around the large meeting room, out the back door and into the parking lot. It had formed outside before the doors were even open. People young and old—families, children, seniors, mostly people you would never guess needed help. They had all come to First Church of God (near Stone and Fort Lowell) for an evening meal. For some, it was the first time they’d eaten all day. First Church of God took over the evening meal program about four years ago when another area church was unable to continue. “There’s just a lot of need,” said Darlene Simson, co-pastor for the church. “I love doing it; it really helps you connect with people in the neighborhood and show them you care.” Caridad Community Kitchen meal preparation program, recently acquired by the Community Food Bank, prepares the meals for First Church of God. Darlene runs the program on Tuesdays and Thursdays with numerous volunteers. Caridad’s meals are served at six other sites like Darlene’s, all in Tucson.

Learn More

 


Deep Freeze Cripples Produce DonorsOrange

Residents of southern Arizona and northern Mexico woke up on February 3 to bone-chilling cold. The low temperature in Tucson hit 18 degrees overnight, breaking the previous record of 21 degrees, set in 1910. In some areas the temperature dipped even lower.

The cold weather was uncomfortable for humans, but was devastating for water pipes and crops in our area. Citrus fruit, especially susceptible to severe frost, was destroyed by the lower temperatures.

The Community Food Bank gleaning program soon discovered that the citrus they were picking was badly damaged. The decision was made to discontinue gleaning citrus this year since most of the fruit they were picking was not edible and had to be taken to the landfill. If a homeowner picked their citrus and could verify that it was still good, the food bank would still pick up the citrus.

Learn More


Letter Carriers Need Your Help!Logo

At the Community Food Bank, we see a huge jump in the number of young working families seeking assistance in the summer. The additional bills from childcare, and higher utilities, as well as the summer closure of school-sponsored breakfast and lunch programs, put many families living paycheck-to-paycheck over the edge. Don’t let Andy’s parents feel the distress and shame of opening the cupboard one morning only to realize they have nothing to give him for breakfast. We’re counting on you to help us make sure he has something to eat.

On Saturday, May 14, we are teaming up with your letter carrier for the annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign. Soon your letter carrier may provide you with a bag to fill with food. On the 14th, letter carriers will pick up bags left next to mail boxes for the Community Food Bank. This is our largest and most important food drive of the year. Last year it brought in nearly 300,000 pounds of food.

It’s a long, hot day full of hard work, and it’s incredibly rewarding! We need volunteers to help us unload the trucks full of food when they arrive at the post office. Call Kristen Hershberger at 520-622-0525 ext. 204, if you’d like to volunteer or for details.

Sending a cash contribution is another great way to make a difference. We can convert every $1 you send into $10.50 of food. You can send your gift with the enclosed envelope or donate online. Make sure to give us your address so your letter carrier can receive credit for your gift!

Learn More


quilt imageQuilt Raffle 2011

Don’t miss your chance to win! This year’s Appliquéd Sampler Amish Quilt has a soft palette of colors set against an ivory background. It displays an array of creative designs, each one complementing the next. As a whole, the quilt is a balanced and beautiful example of the artistry of Amish quilters.

This quilt was hand-quilted with 346 yards of thread by Anna M. Miller, an Amish woman from Pennsylvania Dutch Country. It measures 99” x 112” which would give you a 19.5” drop on both sides of your queen-sized bed and room for a pillow tuck at the top.

Learn More

 

Your Gift Does More!

Donations of cash or food received between March 1 and April 30, 2011, are eligible for the Feinstein Challenge. Gifts to the quilt raffle count toward the 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.

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 hunger-fighting organization is given a proportional share of the million dollars, 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.

Donate!

 

 



Deep Freeze Cripples Produce Donors

Residents of southern Arizona and northern Mexico woke up on February 3 to bone-chilling cold. The low temperature in Tucson hit 18 degrees overnight, breaking the previous record of 21 degrees, set in 1910. In some areas the temperature dipped even lower.

The cold weather was uncomfortable for humans, but was devastating for water pipes and crops in our area. Citrus fruit, especially susceptible to severe frost, was destroyed by the lower temperatures.

The Community Food Bank gleaning program soon discovered that the citrus they were picking was badly damaged. The decision was made to discontinue gleaning citrus this year since most of the fruit they were picking was not edible and had to be taken to the landfill.

If a homeowner picked their citrus and could verify that it was still good, the food bank would still pick up the citrus. Last year the food bank’s gleaning program picked 126,000 pounds of citrus, but this year workers and volunteers were only able to pick about 36,000 pounds before the freeze.

The citrus from the gleaning program is normally handed out in several programs. Fortunately, we were able to replace the citrus with other donated items. More concerning is the lack of donated produce from growers in Mexico. “Since the freeze our donations
have dropped dramatically,” said Arthur Espinoza, executive director of the Nogales branch. “They just don’t have the produce. There is other product coming; we do have new donors, but they don’t have much.”

The full impact of the freeze remains to be seen, but the food bank remains confident that everyone’s food needs will be met. “Our donors may not have produce to give, but the people of southern Arizona have never let us down before. We know they won’t this time,” said Bill Carnegie, president/CEO.



Shred-a-Thon to Benefit Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank

The G.V. Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers in partnership with Shred-it
Presents …
A SPRING SHRED-A- THON EVENT TO BENEFIT GREEN VALLEY-SAHUARITA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

DOCUMENT SHREDDING AT:
ST. FRANCIS-IN-THEVALLEYEPISCOPALCHURCH
600 S. La Canada Dr.
(In the rear Parking lot off Alegria)

Saturday, April 30, 2011
9:00 a.m. -12:00 noon

Please bring non-perishable food or a cash donation

Don’t be a victim of IDENTITY THEFT. Bring personal documents to be shredded on site! Please limit amount to 2 (two) file size boxes!
For more information contact Green Valley SAVat 351-6744

Made possible by a grant from the Dr. Scholl Foundation

View Flyer



14 Years of Service

On April 9, 2011, Pauline Hechler presented Max and Patsy Shook with a special memento of their 14 years of service to the Community Food Bank.  Max & Patsy have been building Food Plus boxes all that time, and Max began a neighborhood food drive five years ago, which has raised thousands of dollars a year and tons of food.  Max & Patsy will be celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary this year!



Community Food Bank to Revise TEFAP Food Box Distribution in Tucson

After two years of temporarily distributing The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) food boxes at eight Parks and Recreation sites in Tucson, the Community Food Bank is now ready to handle distribution at regular agency sites and at the main warehouse.

In January 2009, due to budget cuts, the City of Tucson could no longer distribute TEFAP food boxes for Tucson Parks and Recreation sites.  As a temporary measure, the food bank agreed to use its staff and volunteers to distribute food once a month at eight sights (Archer, Armory Park, Clements, El Pueblo, El Rio, Freedom, Northwest and Quincie –Douglas) in Tucson.  This allowed the food bank time to build capacity at its main warehouse and help supply the smaller agency sites. Long-term distribution at these sites was never the intention.

As of June 1, 2011 the food bank will discontinue distributing food boxes at these eight Tucson Parks and Recreation sites and direct clients to the other 24 Tucson sites that are open weekly Monday through Saturday.  Several are close to the present sites where clients can receive food boxes and other services.  All are on regular Sun Tran bus routes.

Over 50% of food boxes in Pima County are now distributed from the food bank’s main warehouse on South Country Club Road. This change will also allow the Community Food Bank to provide delivery of food boxes to the existing agency sites and help them improve services to their neighborhoods.  Information about these changes and the alternatives will be distributed at the Parks and Recreation sites through April and May.

For more information, contact Eric Hitzeman at (520) 622-0525 x 238.

The Community Food Bank serves over 225,000 individuals each month in Southern Arizona.



Learn How to Save Time, Money and Food at the Community Food Bank’s El Pueblo Farmers’ Market

On April 16th, El Pueblo Farmers’ Market is hosting a unique food preparation workshop to address the challenges of preparing leafy greens and vitamin-rich fruits before they have passed their prime.  Typically when you have an over abundance of one fresh ingredient, spinach for example, you may try to make as many different types of spinach recipes as you can in a short amount of time.  Instead of growing tired of spinach, Tiffany Rose Wood, a local integrative nutritionist offers a different solution demonstrating that dehydration and freezing techniques can allow us to preserve our seasonal foods longer while maintaining the food’s vital nutrients.  Woods will also explain how these preservation techniques can help with meal planning to ensure you save time and money without letting any of those fresh fruits and vegetables go to waste.

This “Save Time, Money and Food” workshop is free and open to the public and runs from 9 AM to 11 AM.  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.



Hickman Family Farms Donate 58,968 Eggs to Community Food Bank

Hickman Family Farms from Buckeye, Arizona will deliver 58,968 (4,914 dozen) eggs to the Community Food Bank on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM.  The eggs will be delivered to the Food Bank at 3003 S. Country Club Road in Tucson.  Bill Carnegie, President/CEO will be on hand to accept delivery from Hickman Family Farms and their mascot the “Funky Chicken.”

The Hickman egg donation will be distributed to the Child Nutrition Programs, the Rural TEFAP food box program in Graham, Greenlee, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties and through the Agency Market Program in Pima County.

“The Community Food Bank is very pleased to receive this significant egg donation from Hickman Family Farms,” said Carnegie.  “The Food Bank does not often receive such high-quality protein donations.  Hundreds of local families will benefit from this donation from the Hickman Family.”

Photo and interview opportunities will be available following the unloading of the 58,968 eggs.

The Hickman Family Farm egg donations are being coordinated statewide by the Association of Arizona Food Banks.

For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215 or cell at (520) 444-5412.



One Can a Week- A Neighborhood Food Donation Program

Visit the blog

The recent economic downturn has impacted everyday life for many Tucsonans. As unemployment rates increase, more and more community members struggle to secure the necessary resources to care for their families. The increase in demand for basic food supplies has placed a tremendous strain on local food banks. In response to the growing need for food donations, Peter G. Norback turned to his neighbors to assist him with a community service project that aimed to collect donations for the Community Food Bank.

Peter Norback started his program, One Can a Week, in the Miles Neighborhood of Tucson, Arizona where he lives. His mission was simple, to unite his community for the cause of feeding the hungry. Mr. Norback started by knocking on the doors of his neighbors and asking if they would be willing to contribute one can a food a week, which he would collect every Sunday and donate to the Community Food Bank. The project started out small, 10 houses at a time, but has now expanded to multiple neighborhoods, schools and even includes booths outside several local grocery stores. To date, One Can A Week has grossed over 25,000 lbs. of food and more than $5,300.00 in donations for the Community Food Bank.

When you—and thousands like you across Tucson—donate a few food items or even a $5.00 check a week, it will make a huge difference to all those neighbors in need.

To Get Involved Contact The Miles Neighborhood Coordinator:
Peter G. Norback
1428 E. Miles Street
(520) 248-3694
pnorback@cox.net



Community Food Bank Named One of the 50 Best Nonprofit Organizations to Work for by the Nonprofit Times!

the Community Food Bank has been ranked number 3 in the 2011 Nonprofit Times, Top Nonprofits to work for in the United States publication, dated April 1, 2011.

View Article

The NonProfit Times has named the Community Food Bank as one of the 2011 Fifty Best Nonprofit Organizations to Work For in the United States. The Food Bank was the only nonprofit in Arizona and the only food bank in the nation to be recognized

The Community Food Bank ranked number three overall in the 2011 Fifty Best Nonprofit Organizations to Work For and number two in the medium size non-profits.

Organizations from across the nation entered a two-part process to determine the

Fifty Best NonProfit Organizations to Work For. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated organization’s workplace policies, practices and demographics.  This part of the process was worth 25% of the total evaluation.  The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience and was worth 75% of the total evaluation.  The combined scores determined the final ranking.  For more information visit www.BestNonProfitstoWorkfor.com.

“The Community Food Bank is proud to be recognized by the NonProfit Times as one of the Fifty Best Nonprofit Organizations to Work For.” 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