Community Food Bank Accounces the Summer Food Service Program for Children

The Community Food Bank, Inc. announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Free Meals will be made available to all children; ages 1 to 18 years old, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service.  Meals will be provided at the sites and times as follows:


Listed below are the locations, dates, days, and times meals will be provided:

*No meals will be served on Monday, July 4, 2011 in observance of Independence Day.

Sopori Elementary School

5000 W. Arivaca Rd.

Amado, AZ 85645

Dates of meal service: May 31 – July 20, 2011

Day’s meals will be provided: Monday – Friday

Breakfast: 7:30AM – 8:30AM

Lunch: 10:30AM – 12:30PM


Sahuarita Central Cafeteria

350 W. Sahuarita Road

Sahuarita, AZ 85629

Dates of meal service: May 31 – July 20, 2011

Day’s meals will be provided: Monday – Thursday

Breakfast: 7:30AM – 8:30AM

Lunch: 10:30AM – 12:30PM


Arivaca Community Center

16012 W. Universal Ranch Rd.

Arivaca, AZ 85601

Dates of meal service: June 6 – July 20, 2011

Day’s meals will be provided: Monday – Friday

Breakfast: 9:00AM – 9:30AM

Lunch: 12:00PM – 1:00PM


For further information, contact Debra Leffler, Child Nutrition Programs Manager, at (520) 882-3285 or

To file a complaint of discrimination, write or call immediately

Director, Office of Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C.  20250-9410

(800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY)

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Community Food Bank Receives 619,724 Pounds of Food from Letter Carriers Drive, Recycles 83,638 Plastic Bags

Thanks to Southern Arizona residents who participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers 19th Annual “Stamp Our Hunger” food drive, the Community Food Bank received the equivalent of 619,724 pounds of food, based on pounds of food and cash donations.  Thanks to Food City supermarkets, the food bank was able to recycle the 83,638 plastic bags that held the food donations.

“This is Southern Arizona’s largest food drive of the year,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank. “This food will immediately help hungry families. We deeply appreciate Food City’s partnership to recycle plastic bags so that we protect our environment.”

“Stamp Out Hunger” is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.  Every year more than 230,000 U.S. Postal Service letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations from homes across the country.  The food is then delivered to food banks and hunger relief organizations in more than 10,000 communities, including Southern Arizona.

Food City supermarkets assisted the food bank by picking up more than 83,638 plastic bags so they could be recycled into things like plastic decking, park benches and playground equipment – rather than end up in a landfill.

“We’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment by collecting plastic bags at our stores to be recycled properly,” said Tucson Food City Store Director Phillip MacKenzie-Low. “It’s important for us all to work together for a cleaner Tucson, for the families who live here today, and for future generations.”

Food City grocery stores in Tucson proudly and prominently display recycling bins with clearly marked Bag Central Station signs at their entrance.  Bag Central Station locations allow residents and visitors to recycle plastic bags as well as many other plastic materials that are not accepted in curbside recycling bins.

Community Food Bank to Relocate Growing Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

The Community Food Bank’s Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will move to Mercado San Agustin (MSA) on June 16, 2011.  The market, which has gained national recognition for serving low-income communities in Tucson, is responding to an increase in vendors and the need for more space. Market hours will remain 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursdays.

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is the largest and most well-established of the food bank’s six farmers’ markets in Tucson and accepts SNAP benefits (food stamp cards), WIC checks and AZ Farmers’ Market nutrition vouchers.  The market began with eight vendors in 2005 and has grown to 18 to 22 vendors from all over Southern Arizona.

Bill Stern of the Arivaca Community Garden has been selling produce there since 2005.  “This market has been steadily growing,” he says.  “There’s no other market like this one, totally comprised of local produce and food products made by local businesses.”

This growth in variety of Arizona-grown produce, meats, prepared foods, educational workshops and entertainment presents an opportunity to collaborate with MSA, another quickly-expanding community-minded project.  The June 16th relocation will offer more parking, more vendor space and more shelter from the elements.  It will also allow shoppers to visit some of the newly opened small local businesses of the MSA that sell a variety of goods including pastries, tacos and raspados.

The Mercado San Agustin is located at 100 S. Avenida del Convento, west of I-10 near the intersection of Congress and Grande in the Menlo Park neighborhood.  It’s across the street from El Rio Community Health Center on bus routes 21 and 22.

Community Food Resource Center to Present Series on “Home Sustainability”

The Community Food Bank’s Community Food Resource Center will team up with the Pima County Library system in May and June 2011 to present a series of workshops on Sustainability and Home Food Production.  Staff member Leona Davis will host the series at various Pima County Libraries at dates and times listed below.

May 14, 2011, 10:00 – 11:30 AM – Mission Library (3770 Mission Road) – “Chicken Raising Basics.”

May 25, 2011, 5:30 – 7:00 PM – Martha Cooper Library (1377 N. Catalina Ave.) – “Introduction to Water Harvesting.”

June 11, 2011, 10:00 – 11:30 AM – Mission Library – “Introduction to Water Harvesting.”

June 18, 2011, 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon – MAIN Joel D Valdez library – Urban Farming Part -1 “The Homegrown Movement.”

June 23, 2011, 5:30 – 7:00 PM – Martha Cooper Library – “Introduction to Urban Farming.”

June 25, 2011, 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon – MAIN Joel D Valdez library – Urban Farming Part – 2 “How to Grow Food at Home in Tucson.”

The workshops are free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is not required.

For questions or information on this series, contact Leona Davis at (520) 882-3295 or by

E-mail at

Novo Nordisk Tucson District

On May 6, 2011, seven employees from Novo Nordisk Tucson District donated 642 pounds of food to the Community Food Bank. Each employee purchased the food and was reimbursed by Novo Nordisk.

Our thanks to Novo Nordisk and their employees for their generous donation.

17th Annual Pima County Library Auction

Monica Bujak from the Pima County Library presents Jack Parris, Food Bank Public Relations Manager with $6,827.  These were the proceeds from the Pima County Library’s 17th Annual Auction to Benefit the Community Food Bank that took place on April 15, 2011.  Home made and donated items were auctioned by the very animated and enthusiastic Pima County Library Staff.

Locally Made Arts and Crafts added to El Pueblo Farmers’ Market

On May 7th, El Pueblo Farmers’ Market will expand to include local arts and crafts, making it the perfect destination to find that special Mother’s Day gift as well as fresh fruits and vegetables.  Shoppers can find jewelry, paintings, decorative crafts, cookware such as aprons, and personal care products, all created by local artists.

After the initial Mother’s Day event, shoppers will continue to find arts and crafts at El Pueblo Farmers’ Market every 2nd Saturday of the month.

With the summer season quickly approaching in June, El Pueblo Farmers’ Market will also soon be carrying some of its most popular produce including squash, chilies, cucumbers, watermelons and tomatoes.  Shoppers can look forward to a summer full of delicious produce, ongoing events and entertainment at this exciting new market.

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.

Valero Launches “Fill up to Fight Hunger” in Southern Arizona

Participating Valero outlets in Southern Arizona will join the “Fill Up to Fight Hunger” program now through the end of June 2011.  For each 8-gallon fuel purchase made at participating outlets, Valero will donate $1.00 to the local food bank in that area, including the Community Food Bank in Tucson and its affiliated branch food banks in Southern Arizona.

Total amounts donated to each food bank will depend on the amount of fuel purchases in that area.  By partnering with Feeding America, a network of 200 local food banks, Valero expects to donate up to $3 million when the “Fill Up to Fight Hunger” program is completed at the end of the second quarter.

“Valero has always believed in giving back in the communities where we do business and this will help local food banks address some of the increased demand for their services that typically occurs when kids are out of school for the summer,” said David Parker, Valero’s Senior Vice President for Product Supply & Wholesale Marketing.  “The great thing about this program is that it encourages our customers to help their communities, simply by stopping in and filling up.”

For more information about the “Fill Up to Fight Hunger” program, contact Valero at 210-345-2928.