The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona ( 3003 S. Country Club Road) will hold an open house at the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center on Friday, January 6, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. The public is invited to tour the Center and learn from staff members about the work they are doing to help families in our community.
“This center is a positive outcome of the January 8th Tucson tragedy,” said Bill Carnegie, Food Bank CEO. “Future contributions to the Gabrielle Giffords Hunger Fund will be used to expand the Center’s reach into other communities.”
A photo panorama will be on display that details Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords long time involvement with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Funding for the Giffords Family Assistance Center came from a special fund that Gabby’s husband Mark Kelly publically suggested after the January 8, 2011 tragedy in Tucson. He suggested that those who wanted to honor Gabby make a gift to the Community Food Bank or the Red Cross, two of her favorite charities. As a result over $215,000 in gifts to the Food Bank have come from 48 states and several foreign countries to build the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center. Donations to the fund may continue to be made online by clicking here.
For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287 or Cell at (520) 444-5412.
Vivian Archuleta, Cox Community Relations Specialist, Jose De Alba, Cox Field Operations and Ken Guglielmo, Cox Facilities
Three members of the Cox Communications family stopped by the Community Food Bank on Thursday, December 8, 2011 to drop off a donations of 642 pounds of food and frozen turkeys. Pictured from left to right are Vivian Archuleta, Cox Community Relations Specialist, Jose De Alba, Cox Field Operations and Ken Guglielmo, Cox Facilities. Our sincere thanks to Cox Communications for their continued support.
Barry and Janet Lang and Jim and Sandy Peebles will each make a gift of $30,000 to launch the “Lang/Peebles $60,000 Fill the Shelves Challenge” to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. The community is asked to meet the challenge by going online and making a donation. If someone does not have access to the internet, they may call (520) 622-0525 and ask to donate to the challenge.
The Langs and Peebles are challenging the community to match their gifts now through December 31, 2011 to help replenish food supplies that have been depleted by increased demands and decreased government food during these difficult economic times. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can distribute $9.50 worth of food; therefore, with the match, the Food Bank will be able to distribute over $1 million worth of food!
One in four children in Pima County is at risk of hunger. According to the Langs and Peebles, “One of our goals is that no child goes hungry this holiday season, and we sincerely challenge the community to help us meet this goal.”
For more information on the “Lang/Peebles $60,000 Fill the Shelves Challenge” contact Pauline Hechler at (520) 882-3308.
at Manzo Elementary School, 855 N. Melrose. Tucson, Arizona 85745
9:00-10:00 (English) and 10:00-11:00am (English and Spanish), two hands-on basic chicken care and “chicken whispering” workshops. Both are open to the public, kids are encouraged.
5:30-7:00pm (English and Spanish) This larger event will be partially outside in the courtyard and partially (or entirely, if it’s especially cold that night), in the cafeteria. This workshop focuses on using chickens not only for egg production but also for gardens, classroom assistants, etc.
On December 10 and 11, 2011, both Maya Palace locations (6332 E. Broadway Blvd and 7057 N. Oracle) will donate 10% of all sales to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. They will also have collection boxes for customers to donate non-perishable food items.
Maya Palace will also have their Holiday Open House at the El Mercado location (6332 E. Broadway Blvd.) on December 16th and our encouraging other businesses in El Mercado to join in the food drive that day as well.
For more information on these events, contact Wendy Carlson at (520) 748-0817
This holiday season Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market shoppers will find a variety of distinctively southwest gifts to choose from at the weekly Thursday market. Healthy and locally made gifts include raw mesquite honey, prickly pear jams, mesquite flour mixes, Sonoran plants and more. If market goers are looking for a more personal gift, on December 15th they will also have the opportunity to make holiday ornaments with their children at the arts and crafts table. These family friendly craft activities are free and will be located alongside live music and a comfortable grassy courtyard. Those shoppers preparing for an upcoming holiday meal can also expect to find a great selection of sweet potatoes, green onions, apples, early citrus and a variety of leafy greens and winter squash.
All of the Community Food Bank Farmers’ Markets accept SNAP (food stamps), WIC checks, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit cards. The 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.
For more information, contact Monica Garcia at (520) 882-3304.
Tarot card readers, live entertainment by Zo Carroll and the Soul Breakers, Batucaxe, Flam Chen, and 80s and Gentleman. Enjoy a New Orleans style dinner and desert, cocktails, dancing, photo booth and mask raffle.
Tickets are no longer available online. They may still be purchased at the door.
Masks created by local artists
There will be over 30 handmade masks displays at local Tucson restaurants leading up to the event. The masks will be raffled at Mardi Gras with proceeds benefiting the food bank.
The Community Food Bank, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, relies on 120 employees and hundreds of community volunteers to ensure that the people of Southern Arizona have access to the food and programs they need. The food bank is based in Pima County and also serves Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties. The Community Food Bank provides services to eligible applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, handicap, age, national origin, sexual orientation, political beliefs or gender. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.