New Board Members for 2011-2012

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has announced the officers and new board members for 2011-2012.  Fran McNeely, Community Volunteer will continue as chair of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Board of Directors.  Joining her as Co-Vice Chairs are Karen Heyse, Director of Training Tucson Electric Power and Gregg Johnson, Southern Arizona Campus Director University of PhoenixGreg Kishi, Senior Technical Staff Engineer IBM will serve as secretary and Bret Berry, Senior Audit Manager, Keegan, Linscott, Kenon will serve as Treasurer.

Two new members were elected to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Board.  Alyssa Martinez, University of Arizona Eller College of Management student was elected as a Youth Board Member for a one year term and Katrina Heineking, Chief Executive Officer Sun Tran/Sun Van was elected to a three year term.

“The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is fortunate to have a diverse group of community leaders serving on its board,” said Bill Carnegie, Food Bank CEO. “Strong board leadership is instrumental in our attaining a 4-Star rating by Charity Navigator, “ he added.

The officers and board members were elected at the October 28, 2011 Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Board Meeting.

Other continuing board members are K.C. An, Rosalva Bullock, Jennifer Casteix, Barry Corey, Michael Dorer, Mark Fay, Diane Frisch, Jamie Gutierrez, Monique Grigg Harley, Sarah Jezairian, Jim Kolbe, Sam R. Levitz, Katie Maxwell, Stephanie Porter, Douglas Taren and Bill Young.

For additional information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 622-0525 x 215 or at

“U-Stor – U-Scor” program to benefit local non-profit organizations

U-Stor is kicking off its “U-Stor – U-Scor” program to benefit local non-profit organizations in Tucson!

The program is designed to contribute to the needs of the surrounding community by providing a needed funding source for non-profit organizations struggling to make ends meet in a depressed economy.

Each participating group can use referral cards provided by U-Stor (or copies of U-Stor referral cards) to raise funds for their organizations. When referral cards are redeemed at either the U-Stor Miracle Mile location, 1458 W. Miracle, Tucson, AZ 85705 or the La Cholla location, 2140 W. Ruthrauff Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705, a $20 referral bonus will be mailed to the signee on the card. There is NO LIMIT to the amount of cards that can be redeemed.

Referral cards can be delivered, picked up or emailed, just phone or email the number above contact Wendy Carlson, 520-561-5956 or There is no time limit on their use and they can be used by anyone — friends, family, neighbors or organization members.
U-Stor is grateful to offer this opportunity and encourages all organizations to take advantage of it.

Free Sonoran Hot Dog! from McGhee Insurance

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Is Making It Easier To Eat Sonoran Foods

Many in Tucson are familiar with the shady mesquite trees that fill our neighborhoods, but few may know that these native trees also provide an excellent source of food.  Mesquite pods are a versatile food that may be ground up into a nutritious flour or processed to make sweeteners.  Unfortunately, mesquite seeds are difficult to open using home methods.  On Nov. 17th, the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will partner with Desert Harvesters to provide an easier way to process these abundant seeds.  For a minimum of $5, those wishing to grind their clean and dry mesquite pods can bring them to the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market to be milled into flour they can take home and to use for baking.

Visitors to the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will also be treated with free bike tune ups and accessories provided by Menlo Bikes.  The group will teach cyclists how to fix flat tires and maintain their bikes.  Menlo Bikes is a neighborhood bicycle project that encourages and facilitates bicycle use for Menlo Park residents.

The mesquite milling is open to the public and runs from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  Shoppers will also be able to enjoy children’s activities and live music.   All of the Community Food Bank farmers’ markets accept SNAP (food stamps), WIC checks, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit cards.  Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM at El Mercado San Agustin, located at 100. S. Avenida del Convento, west of 1-10, near the corner of Congress and Grande.

Menlo Bikes 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.

Dillard’s and Feeding America® working together to help those in need this holiday season.

What:    During Dillard’s “Perfect Fit” lingerie fit event, Dillard’s will donate $2.00 for every regular price bra, shapewear garment, and sleepwear item sold on the day of the event to Feeding America®. Dillard’s will donate up to the monetary equivalent of up to $40,000.00 in meals to Feeding America.

Feeding America:     Feeding America is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of local food banks. It distributes funds to its network of local food banks, so donations stay in the community.

Dillard’s “Perfect Fit” Event:     Eight out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size bra! Experience the “Fit Your Life” when you let one of our certified bra fit specialists fit you in the right bra during our “Perfect Fit” event.

When:     Thursday, November 10th at Dillard’s Tucson Mall
Friday, November 11th at Dillard’s Park Place

$26,586.10 Donation from Valero “Fill Up to Fight Hunger Campaign”

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has received a $26,566.10 donation from Valero for the “Fill Up to Fight Hunger Campaign” that took place in Southern Arizona from April through the end of June 2011.

For each 8-gallon fuel purchase made at participating outlets, Valero donated $1.00 to the local food bank in the area, including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  The donations were coordinated through Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity.

“Valero has always believed in giving back to the communities where we do business and this will help local food banks address some of the increased demand for their services,” said David Parker, Valero’s Senior Vice President for Product Supply & Wholesale Marketing.

“This donation could not have come at a better time,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  “The need is greatest during the upcoming holiday season and we appreciate Valero’s support.”

For more information contact Valero Media Relations at (210) 345-2928.

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 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.