Community Food Bank Partners with Investing in Communities

charitable real estate
Investing In Communities (IIC) turns real estate transactions into philanthropic events by connecting socially conscious consumers to socially responsible real estate professionals.

This September IIC will distribute up to $42,000 to Nonprofit Partners through a one-time drawing.

Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center to Open in September

The long lines continue at the food bank.  Many of the people who come to us for food have related issues and need assistance. Because the food bank is a “One Stop,” they can obtain help from our family advocates in signing up for SNAP (food stamps), as well as a host of other services from organizations that reside at the food bank. Unfortunately, all of these ancillary services are upstairs, and many people are afraid to wander the halls; it’s a bit intimidating, and easy to get lost.  So they just check in, receive their food, and leave.

That’s going to change. On Friday, September 23rd, at 3:00 P.M., the food bank will open its new Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center.  People who need to sign up for SNAP* get information on how to obtain legal advice, receive assistance with their tax returns and numerous other services will have help available right downstairs.

According to Marco Liu, Director of Advocacy and Outreach, “We’re always looking for ways to improve the service we provide to our visitors.  Being downstairs is going to be an enormous help to them.”

We’ve had the drawings for such a center for several years, but not the money to make it happen. People who love Congresswoman Giffords solved that problem by making tribute gifts in her honor after she was nearly killed in a shooting on January 8, 2011. Gifts have ranged from 10 cents to $25,000, and have come from 590 cities in 48 states. As of this printing, $193,440.07 has been collected from nearly 2,000 gifts. We are deeply grateful to Gabby’s husband, for publicly suggesting that those who want to honor Gabby make a gift to the Community Food Bank or the Red Cross, two of her favorite charities.

Congresswoman Giffords’ association with the Community Food bank goes back to her childhood.  And through the years, she has been there for us, initiating food drives, helping with important projects and celebrating with us at our annual Mardi Gras party.

The Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center will contain two private offices and four cubicles, as well as comfortable seating for those who wait.  It will be air conditioned and carpeted, and the ceiling will be finished.  The new center is going to vastly improve the experience for those who come to us desperate for help.  And those of us who work and volunteer at the food bank are deeply grateful for this generous outpouring of support.

*Approximately $1.5 million in SNAP benefits were generated as a result of food bank outreach efforts, resulting in an economic impact equal to $2.7 million, the equivalent of 620,507 meals.

Chick-fil-A at El Con to Offer Free Chicken Sandwich for Canned Food Donation

Help the Food Bank fill its shelves during the summer months.

On Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM the Chick-fil-A location at El Con Mall (3605 E. Broadway) will offer a free original or spicy chicken sandwich with a donation of one or more cans of food to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

During the summer months donations are down for the Food Bank so help is needed now more than ever.  Needed items are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soups and tomato products.  Help families in Southern Arizona with a canned food donation and get a free chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A at El Con Mall on July 30th.

For more information, contact Diane Kephart at (520) 321-4232.

Wells Fargo Conducts Drive in Support of Arizona Food Banks

Wells Fargo is pleased to announce it is conducting its annual summer food drive to collect donations for food banks throughout Arizona July 15 to 30.  The event remains the only statewide food drive held in Arizona – with collection bins in all Community Banking stores throughout the state.Donations will benefit members of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which collectively distributed over 134 million pounds of food last year – a record enough to provide 287,029 meals every day through 1,600 sites.  People who wish to donate cash can send checks to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, 2100 N. Central Ave., Ste. 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004.  Donations also may be made online at

“All of our team members at Wells Fargo are excited to help with this food drive,” said Pam Conboy, regional president for Wells Fargo Regional Banking in Arizona.  “Last summer we collected 70 tons of food, equivalent to over 109,000 meals, and this year we hope to provide even more.  Ensuring the sustainability of our communities is at the heart of our Vision & Values and I couldn’t be more proud of our team helping to support this important event.”

With the changes in the economy, the needs of families and individuals around the state have grown.  According to the Association of Arizona Food banks:

  • 1 in 5 (20%) of Arizonans live in poverty ($22,350 or less for a family of four)
  • 1 in 4 (25%) of Arizona children under the age of 18 live in poverty
  • 15% of Arizonans, including 24% of our children, are food insecure and do not have enough to eat
  • 1 in 3 Arizonans are considered “working poor” and may not have enough to eat

“Local food shelves that are filled during holiday season collection drives in the fall are nearly depleted by summer,” said Ginny Hildebrand, President and CEO, Association of Arizona Food Banks.  “A food drive at this time of year will go a long way in helping meet critical needs and we couldn’t thank Wells Fargo enough for their continued support and efforts.”

About Wells Fargo

In Arizona, Wells Fargo has 14,000 team members and 262 stores. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.2 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet ( and, and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With approximately 280,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 23 on Fortune’s 2011 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

Community Food Banks Receiving Donations from local Wells Fargo Store Teams:

The Valley and nearby cities:

  • · St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
  • · United Food Bank

Northern Arizona and River Cities:

  • · St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance (Flagstaff)
  • · Yavapai Food Bank
  • · Dessert Mission Food Bank
  • · Salvation Army (Bullhead/Laughlin Corps)
  • · Yuma Community Food Bank
  • · Lake Havasu Community Food Bank
  • · Kingman Area Food Bank
  • · Shepherd’s Kitchen Food Bank
  • · Gila Community Food Bank
  • · Love Kitchen, Inc.
  • · Food Bank of Payson
  • · Whiteriver Assembly of God
  • · Sedona Community Food Bank

Tucson and Southern Arizona:

  • · Community Food Bank
  • · St. Vincent de Paul Community Food Bank

Yuma, Nogales, Douglas:

  • · Nogales Community Food Bank
  • · Yuma Community Food Bank (Yuma/Parker)
  • · Douglas Area Food Bank


Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Celebrates its new Location

On July 28th from 4-7pm, the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will host a summer celebration in honor of its new location.  Shoppers can enjoy live Peruvian music, two cooking demonstrations to showcase the many uses of our native prickly pears and other seasonal foods.  The celebration will feature guest speakers from the neighboring community and a great new space that includes small shops and a grassy courtyard.

This will be a wonderful event for the entire family to enjoy refreshing summer fruits and vegetables. Shoppers will find a selection of fresh watermelons, peaches, cucumbers, summer squash, chili peppers, garlic, tomatoes and other locally harvested produce.

The Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM and is located at 100 S. Avenida del Convento, west of I-10 near the intersection of Congress and Grande.  All of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona farmers’ markets accept SNAP (food stamps), WIC checks, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit.

For more information, contact Monica Garcia at (520) 882-3304.

Two Cans of Donated Food Will Get One Free Admission to the Tucson Padres Baseball Game

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 will be Community Food Bank Night at the Tucson Padres baseball game at Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way.  Gates open and 6:00PM and the game against the Tacoma Rainiers gets under way at 7:00 PM.

Each person who brings two (2) cans of food, as a donation for the Community Food Bank, will be admitted free.  Community Food Bank donation boxes will be located at each entrance.  Most needed items are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, canned fruit and canned tomato products.

“During the summer months the Food Bank’s donations are down, so we especially appreciate the Tucson Padres conducting this food drive for us,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona serves over 225,000 each month through all of its programs.

“When Triple-A baseball returned to Tucson and the Padres were formed, we made a commitment to get involved in the community,” said Mike Feder, Vice President & General Manager.  “We are delighted to be involved in a project that will result in making sure needy families have enough to eat.”

For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287

Community Food Bank Changes its Name to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

At their June 24, 2011 meeting the Community Food Bank board of directors voted to change the name of the organization to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. The name change was made to better reflect the service area of the Food Bank.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona serves Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima and Santa Cruz Counties.  Last year, the Food Bank distributed nearly 30 million pounds of food in Southern Arizona and assists over 225,000 men, women and children monthly.

“The name change to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona clearly identifies the area and the people we serve,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO. “The Food Bank will continue its goal of helping families in need in Southern Arizona.”

The Food Bank’s legal entity remains Community Food Bank, Inc.

For further information, contact Bill Carnegie at (520) 622-0525 x 214.

Dinner with Janos

Enjoy fresh, local produce from our Marana Farm, prepared by Tucson’s own chef.

Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at Janos (at La Paloma Resort)

A dynamic and delicious four course meal complete with wine and made by Tucson’s own celebrated Chef, Janos. This dinner will highlight the finest in locally grown produce and meat, grown at the Food Bank’s Marana Heritage Farm or sourced directly from regional farmers. This is a very special event that should not be missed. Your ticket will help our Youth Farmers go to the annual conference on food systems.

Sorry, online ticket sales have been closed

Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Janos 3770 E. Sunrise Drive on the grounds of the Westin La Paloma Resort. Event begins at 5:30 P.M. on the Janos patio with no host cocktails, a Farmers’ Market and Peruvian music. Then join us for “Dinner with Janos” at 7:00 P.M in the Janos Great Room. Tickets are $75/person; proceeds will benefit the Marana Heritage Farm’s Youth Apprentice Program. Menu will be available.