Give a Meal. Triple the Difference. Bank of America Triples your Gifts through Feeding America

Nov. 4, 2011- Jan. 9th, 2012

Bank of America has partnered with Feeding America to help fight hunger this holiday season. And they’re fighting hard by tripling your donation. For every $1 you give, Bank of America will give $2.* So if you give $15, they’ll make it $45. If you give $50, they’ll make it $150. Any amount you can give will truly help families in need.

Give a meal and make a difference in the fight against hunger this holiday season.

Bank of America is the signature sponsor of Give a Meal.

Bank of America is offering a double match. For every $1 donated through www.bankofamerica.com/give (active 11/14/11) or Bank of America’s text-to-give campaign, Bank of America will give $2 (up to a total match of $500,000).

Example of double match:

$10  Donation made by participant; in this example we will say the participants chooses for funds to go to the local food bank.
$20  Bank of America matches that donation with two times the donation amount
$30  Total donation to the local food bank

Donors who donate via www.bankofamerica.com/give (active 11/14/11) will have the option of donating to Feeding America or their local food bank (determined by zip code). Bank of America’s match will follow the donor’s intent (i.e. if the donor chooses to donate to their local food bank, the match will go to the local food bank.) Food banks are encouraged to promote the campaign to your constituents to take advantage of the double match. Funds donated via text will go to the national office as it is not possible to determine the location of the donor.

Bank of America is investing significant resources in promoting the campaign. They will be promoting it in banking centers, on ATM screens and receipts, in banking statements, on their homepage, via social media, and in theaters in select markets. They will also be holding PR/volunteer events in select markets. They are also planning to promote it during football games in select markets.

The bank is also donating an additional $500,000 to Feeding America for the campaign, as well as $500,000 for SNAP Outreach.

Questions? Contact Sharon Hurwitz at shurwitz@feedingamerica.org or 312-641-6750.



20,000 Turkeys for Tucson!

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is running in short supply of both food and cash this holiday season.  Over 250,000 Southern Arizonans receive help from the food bank each month, and this holiday season, the demand is greater than ever.

For this reason, three highly concerned local businesses have teamed up in an effort to collect twenty thousand turkeys…all for donation to The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. The collection will take place on December 15th, 2011.  Luis Gonzales, retired Diamondback baseball outfielder (20), has agreed to shoot TV commercial and radio commercials for the 20,000 Turkeys for Tucson Challenge.

Casino Del Sol Resort, Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi and An del Sol, and Tucson Appliance Company are coordinating this effort, an idea that the three key owners / operators developed out of concern for their local community.

Virtual Turkey Drive

Southern Arizonans are asked to  donate turkeys (or cash donations for food) at on Thursday, December 15th, Casino del Sol Resort, Mr. An’s Teppan Steak and Sushi, and Tucson Appliance from 6AM until 7PM. Trucks will be transporting turkey donations to The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona throughout the day.

The businesses will be competing to see who can secure the most turkeys and cash.  Each business owner has vowed to rally their customers to bring in more donations than the other.  Chris Edwards will dress up in a costume and collect each item; he has a special offer up his sleeve for all who donate.  Mr. An will be at his Oracle location and will personally except all donations as he has done for the past 3 years.  And Casino del Sol Resort promises to pull out all the stops and will have a gift for each person that donates.  The true winners are the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the families they serve.

Locations: 

Casino del Sol Resort
5655 W. Valencia

Mr.  An’s  Teppan Steak and Sushi
6091 N. Oracle

Tucson Appliance Companies
4229 E. Speedway



Wells Fargo Bank “Stuff the Stagecoach”

Wells Fargo Bank and KOLD-TV will team up on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 to “Stuff the Wells Fargo Stagecoach” to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  The stagecoach will be located at the Wells Fargo Bank at 6270 N. Oracle (near Oracle & Orange Grove) from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Non-perishable food donations will be accepted and the most needed items are peanut butter and tuna fish.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Help stuff the Wells Fargo Stagecoach on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at Oracle and Orange Grove.



62nd Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights December 10th through December 25th

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will benefit from the 62nd Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights to be held from December 10 through December 25, 2011.  Visitors to the Festival may walk through the neighborhood from 5:30 to 10:00 each night.  This year the drive through nights will be December 13th, 15th and 20th.

Visitors will enjoy the wonderful decorations, lights and majestic trees in the Winterhaven neighborhood.  While many people walk the streets of Winterhaven, visitors may also enjoy haywagon rides, heated trolley rides and carriage rides (on selected nights) through the neighborhood.

Last year the Winterhaven Festival of Lights collected 43,431 pounds of food and $23,692.70 for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

There is no entrance fee for the Festival, but attendees are asked to bring canned food or make a monetary donation to the Food Bank.  Most needed items are peanut butter and tuna fish, but all types of canned food are welcome

For more information about the Winterhaven Festival of Lights, call (520) 881-4483 or log onto www.winterhavenfestival.org



KGUN-TV and Sam Levitz Furniture Team Up for “Stuff the Bus”

KGUN-TV and Sam Levitz Furniture will team up on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 to “Stuff the Bus” for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Donations will be accepted at the Sam Levitz Furniture location at Broadway and Pantano from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Non-perishable food donations such at cereal, canned meat, canned vegetables , canned fruit, pasta, rice, beans and peanut butter are the most needed items.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Drop off your donations for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at the “Stuff the Bus” event at Sam Levitz Furniture, Broadway and Pantano on December 6th from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.



Breaking the record for most donations in one day! Thank you!

Thanksgiving on the Mayflower broke the record for the largest amount ever donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona from a public event in one day.

Donors gave more than 6,600 pounds of food and over $113,000 in cash to the Community Food Bank. The donations were matched dollar-for-dollar by Tucson Electric Power resulting in a total monetary donation of $226,000!

On November 17, in the parking lot of Sunflower Market on N. 1st Ave in Tucson, donors streamed in throughout the day with contributions that ranged from a jar of quarters to checks for $20,000. Families brought in boxes of food from their pantries. School children donated the pennies, nickels and dimes in their piggy banks.

Heartfelt thanks to Tucson Electric Power and 94.9 MIXfm! Thanks also to Meridian Mayflower Moving Systems, IBEW Local 1116, Rosemont Copper, Sunflower Markets, dedicated volunteers and all of our wonderful donors!gtdmsfnvgffgvzvc



The 14th Annual Sons of Orpheus Concert Will Benefit the Community Food Bank

The Sons of Orpheus, the Male Choir of Tucson, will perform their 14th annual Gala Holiday Concert to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM.  The concert will be held at the Berger Performing Arts Center at 1200 West Speedway on the campus of the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

Admission to the concert is at least one non-perishable food item or, preferably, a monetary donation which you can make right now. If you choose to make an online donation please keep your receipt for concert admission. To Donate to the online Virtual Food Drive Click here>>

Grayson Hirst, Founder/Artistic Director of the Sons of Orpheus will again conduct the choir in a concert of holiday music.  Besides the Sons of Orpheus, the concert will feature performances by;

  • The Students from the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Mariachi Sonido de Mexico
  • Special guest, Lindsey McHugh, soprano

Admission to the Sons of Orpheus concert is free, but a donation of non-perishable food or, preferably a monetary donation, will be greatly appreciated.  For every $1 donated to the Food Bank it can distribute over $9 worth of food.  The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona serves over 225,000 people each month through its many programs.

For tickets and donation information, contact Jim Hogan at (520) 237-3655 or e-mail at

jim@hoganschool.com.



Fox Theatre Playing Alice’s Restaurant. Free Admission with Donation

Saturday, November 26, 7:30 pm

The cult classic motion picture film adaptation of the eponymous Arlo Guthrie song. 1969.

Admission is free with a donation of food or cash.



Reduction in USDA & Produce Food Donations

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and its five branch food banks are experiencing a reduction in USDA food items and produce donations this year.  The Food Bank’s inventory is presently over a million pounds less than last year at this time.  “We are highly concerned about the holiday season”, indicated Bill Carnegie, Food Bank CEO, “this is a time of extremely high demand due to the economy and we have less to give”, he added.

Delivery of the USDA food items has slowed due to reductions in spending by the federal government.  Lower produce donations are a result of freezing temperatures experienced by farmers in Mexico earlier this year and farmers now, are just beginning to recover.

The demand for help from families in Southern Arizona continues to rise.  In 2007, the Food Bank was assisting about 98,000 men, women and children each month, today the number in need has risen to nearly 240,000.

“This is a perfect storm scenario for the Community Food Bank, with increasing numbers of people in need and reductions in donations of money and food”, Carnegie added.

For those who wish to help, log onto www.communityfoodbank.org or call (520) 622-0525 to make a donation, learn how to conduct a food drive or volunteer.

For more information, contact Bill Carnegie at (520) 622-0525.



Amado and Green Valley-Sahuarita Food Banks to Share Grant from Caterpillar Foundation

 

Presenting check

Derrick Harris from Caterpillar, Arturo Lopez, Chair of the Amado Community Food Bank Advisory Board and Mildred Lopez Feliciano, Amado Community Food Bank Executive Director.

Mildred Lopez Feliciano, Executive Director of the Amado Community Food Bank and Mary Jane Goodrick, Executive Director of the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank have announced that a $7,000 grant from the Caterpillar Foundation will be shared by both food banks.

The $5,000 Amado Food Bank portion of the grant will be used to buy shelving for food storage.  The $2,000 Green Valley-Sahuarita Food Bank portion will be used to offset operating expenses.

The grant was presented at the Amado Food Bank Advisory Board meeting on November 1, 2011.

 

Pictured from left to right in the attached photo are Derrick Harris from Caterpillar, Arturo Lopez, Chair of the Amado Community Food Bank Advisory Board and Mildred Lopez Feliciano, Amado Community Food Bank Executive Director.

 

For more information on this grant, contact Mildred Lopez Feliciano at (520) 398-2479 or Mary Jane Goodrick at (520) 625-5252.