Help the Community Food Bank win a brand new sign!

Our current sign is dated and is often missed from the main road, causing clients and even taxis to pass us by. We need an update and you can help!

1. Go to
2. Go to the right under the pictures and click “next 50″ four times; our photo is at the bottom of the 4th click.
3. Click “Vote for Us.”
4. Sign up to vote by entering requested information.
5. Once registered, your vote will be counted.

Note: You can vote once a day between now and September 2, 2011. Thanks so much for your help!

Help Vantage West make a difference in our community. Donate to the Community Food Bank.

Donate $10 or more to the Community Food Bank, using your Vantage West Credit or Debit Card, and you’ll get a 2011 Arizona Football Commemorative Coin from Vantage West.


Make a donation.Get a coin.

To receive your commemorative coin, you must use your Vantage West Credit or Debit Card to make your donation.
Then pick up your coin at any branch.
One coin per member account number. Coins available until end of football season or while supplies last.Certain restrictions may apply. Federally insured by the NCUA.

Weight Watchers 4th Annual Lose for Good Food Drive

August 28-October 15, 2011

Drop Off Location and Hours of Operation:
August 28 through October 15, 2011:
Weight Watchers at Mission Plaza, 4631 East Speedway, NW corner of Speedway & Swan
Fridays between 9 am and 5 pm
Saturdays between 7 am and 11 am

Amado Food Bank Asks for Turkey Donations During Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month and the Amado Community Food Bank is asking for donations for their annual turkey drive.  The Food Bank will accept donations from September 1 through September 30, 2011.  The turkeys will be used to help fill the holiday food boxes.  Without these donations families may go without meat this holiday season.

The Amado Food Bank would appreciate donations of 10 to 12 pound frozen turkeys to benefit families in the Amado, Tubac, Arivaca, Elephant Head, Tumacacori, Rio Rico and Lakewood areas.

Turkey donations may be dropped off at the Amado Community Food Bank at 28720 South Nogales Highway in Amado, Arizona.  Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  On Thursdays the office is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Turkey donations will gladly be picked up by calling (520) 398-2479 or (520) 398-2942.  Monetary donations will also be accepted to make turkey

Help the Amado Community Food Bank during Hunger Action Month and donate frozen turkeys for families in need in your community.

For more information, contact Mildred Lopez Feliciano at (520) 398-2942

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and Marana Health Center to Open New Marana Farmers’ Market

Who:  Everyone welcome!

What:  Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Marana Farmers’ Market at the new Marana Health Center

When:  Tuesdays, starting September 6, 2011.  3:00 to 6:00 PM

Where:  The new Marana Health Center

               13395 N. Marana Main Street. Marana, AZ 85653

Admission:  Free and open to the public

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and Marana Health Center are partnering to open a new Marana Farmers’ Market!  The new market will be open Tuesdays from 3-6 PM, starting on September 6th, at the new Marana Health Center (13395 N. Marana Main Street).  The weekly market will feature fresh, local fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey and garden seedlings.

The Community Food Bank has operated the Marana Farm Stand on Mondays at the Marana Heritage Farm since 2008, but increased demand for local produce has led CFB staff to consider more central locations in Marana.  The last day of the Marana Farm Stand at the Marana Heritage Farm will be on Monday, August 29th, 3-6 PM.

Local summer produce selections at the Marana Farmers’ Market will include melons, apples, pears, pomegranates, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, peppers, eggplant, okra, onions, garlic, sweet potatoes and more!

The Marana Farmers’ Market accepts credit and debit cards, SNAP (food stamps), cash, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Cash Value Vouchers for fruits and vegetables, and AZ Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons for WIC and senior Food Plus participants.

For more information, contact Sara Rickard at (520) 882-3313.

Fast Park’s 4th Annual Food Drive

September 5-29

Tucson Fast Park & Relax
6970 S Tucson Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85756

Travelers drop off your healthy non-perishable food items to help feed our hungry Tucson neighbors at the off-site airport parking facility, Fast Park & Relax. Fast Park is matching $1 for every pound you donate!

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Among Top 20 Finalists in America’s Favorite Farmer’s Markets™ Contest

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is among 20 leading farmers markets across the nation vying for the title of America’s Favorite Farmers Market in the boutique category (1-15 vendors).  In celebration of National Farmers Market Week, online leader-boards listing the top 20 markets in each category of the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest were released by American Farmland Trust.

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

100 S. Avenida del Convento (at Mercado San Agustin)

Thursdays, 4-7 PM

“We are excited to be listed among the top 20 markets in the boutique category,” said Sara Rickard, Community Food Bank Farmers’ Market Manager.  “We are unique because we make fresh, local food more accessible to community members of all income levels by accepting food stamps and AZ Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers for WIC participants and seniors.”  If you haven’t already voted, please go to and select the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market.

Online voting for America’s Favorite Farmers Markets” opened June 1 and runs through midnight on August 31, when four winning markets—one large, one medium, one small, and one boutique—will receive the title of America’s Favorite Farmers Market for 2011.  The market in each state with the most votes will also win a prize from American Farmland Trust and its partners.

National Farmers Market Week, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), recognizes the 7,175 farmers markets across the country that support local farms, provide fresh, seasonal foods, and serve as community gathering places.  According to the USDA, the number of farmers markets across the nation increased by 1,000 markets between 2010 and 2011.

“It’s exciting that consumers are fueling the growth of farmers markets across America,” said American Farmland Trust President Jon Scholl.  “Voters in our contest are enthusiastic about their local markets and appreciate the opportunity to get to know the people who grow their food.  I look forward to watching the competition heat up even further as the leading markets race to the finish line!”

The America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest is a part of American Farmland Trust’s No Farms No Food® campaign, which raises awareness of the dangers of farmland loss by making connections to food.  Farms near metropolitan areas produce 91 percent of the nation’s market value of fruit, 78 percent of vegetables, and 67 percent of dairy products.

To view the top 20 leader-boards or to vote in the America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest, visit

Applications for Punch Woods Endowment Grants to Be Accepted until October 1, 2011

The Community Food Bank, Inc. has announced that applications for the Punch Woods Endowment Grants will be accepted until October 1, 2011.

The purpose of the Punch Woods Endowment is to improve Community Food Security (CFS), which is defined as the state in which persons obtain a nutritionally adequate, culturally acceptable diet through local non-emergency sources. CFS programs build strong, sustainable, local food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to all people at all times. This includes physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet their dietary needs for a productive and healthy life.

Funding will be restricted to Arizona with preference given to Southern Arizona and 501 (c) (3) organizations. Applications may be obtained at or by calling (520) 882-3301.

Applications are due October 1, 2011. Applicants will be notified of the action of the committee by November 1, 2011.  Submit an original and four copies of the completed application to:

Community Food Bank, Inc

Punch Woods Endowment Review Committee

P.O. Box 26727

Tucson, AZ 85726-6727


Questions concerning the Punch Woods Endowment Grants may be directed to Meghan Heddings at (520) 882-3301.

Fry’s Food Stores to Present Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona with Check for $40,478 on August 5th

Jon Flora, President of Fry’s Food Stores will present Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona CEO with a $40,478 check on Friday, August 5, 2011 at 7:30 AM at the re-opening of the Fry’s Food Store at 3920 E. Grant Road (near Grant and Swan).

The $40,478 donation is from Fry’s “Bringing Hope to the Table” annual cause-marketing program partnership.  Since its inception the program has directed $20 million in funds and food to local food banks serving communities across the country.  Fry’s 2011 “Bringing Hope to the Table” campaign raised $168,478

“Fry’s has partnered with the Community Food Bank for three decades,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.  “We are proud to be associated with a company that so generously demonstrates its sense of responsibility in our community.”

Fry’s Food Stores is headquartered in Tolleson, Arizona.  The company employs more than 18,300 Arizona residents. The 121 Fry’s Food Stores service more than one million households per week. Fry’s Food Stores is a proud member of the Kroger Co. based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit the company’s web site at

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

Kathryn Bye Maxwell Joins the Board of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of Kathryn Bye Maxwell as a new member of the Board.

Since 2005 Ms. Maxwell has been a lecturer on the Faculty of the Eller College of Management, Accounting Department at The University of Arizona.  She is Leader of the Business Careers Awareness Program, Honors Faculty Advisor for Accounting and performs other administrative duties including course scheduling, student professional development event planning and outreach with recruiters including fundraising.

Ms. Maxwell was awarded a Bachelor of Arts, Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa in May of 1993 and Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University in May of 2000.  She worked in private industry for Honeywell, Inc. from 1995 to 2006.

“We’re very pleased to have Katie Maxwell join our Board of Directors,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.  “Katie’s expertise in the accounting field will prove to be invaluable to the organization.”

Ms. Maxwell was elected at the June 24, 2011 Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Board meeting and will serve a three year term.

For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287 or cell at (520) 444-5412.