Open House at the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center on January 6, 2012

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.



Cox Communications Donation to the Community Food Bank

 

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.



Skate Country Community Food Bank night

7980 E 22nd St

298-4409

4 cans donated = Free admission to Skate Country

Wednesday, 12/28 from 6-9PM



Villa del Rio neighborhood held a “Stuff the Van” yesterday! Thanks, all!



Lang/Peebles $60,000 Fill the Shelves Challenge

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.



Workshops on Chickens!

All workshops on Tuesday, Dec 13,

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.

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Maya Palace Locations to Collect Donations For the Community Food Bank

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



Find Unique Holiday Gifts at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

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.



Celebrate Mardi Gras 2012 with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Get your mask on, Tucson!

Celebrate Mardi Gras 2012 with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
and King & Queen of Carnivale Ron & Nancy Barber.

Saturday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.
The Manning House
$100 Per Person
Sponsorships & reserved tables available.

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.

Mardi Gras 2012 Masks

[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_terry_moss_ric_maledon_bandit_1.jpg]40Ric Maledon & Terry L. Moss
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_terry_moss_ric_maledon_beads_1.jpg]50Ric Maledon & Terry L. Moss
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_terry_moss_ric_maledon_peacock_1.jpg]40Ric Maledon & Terry L. Moss
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_terry_moss_ric_maledon_redbutterfly_1.jpg]30Ric Maledon & Terry L. Moss
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_terry_moss_ric_maledon_hotpink_1.jpg]50Ric Maledon & Terry L. Moss
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_terry_moss_ric_maledon_green_1.jpg]50Ric Maledon & Terry L. Moss
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_terry_moss_ric_maledon_firewhite_1.jpg]50Ric Maledon & Terry L. Moss
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_terry_moss_ric_maledon_butterfly_1.jpg]30Ric Maledon & Terry L. Moss
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_katherine_jendrzejewski_palmbark.jpg]50Katherine Ann Jendrzejewski
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_katherine_jendrzejewski_forks.jpg]40Katherine Ann Jendrzejewski
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_jennifer_vasko_goldhandle.jpg]30Jennifer Vasko
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_ilona_halderman_gourd.jpg]20Ilona Halderman
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_dallas_josephy_bwbeads.jpg]20Dallas Josephy
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_christine_scheer_wolf.jpg]30Christine Scheer
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_carolyn_king_diamondpainting.jpg]30Carolyn King
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_barbara_tietema_mosaic.jpg]50Barbara Tietema
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_barbara_brandel_stamps.jpg]50Barbara Brandel
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_bob_hassan_copper.jpg]30Bob Hassan & Charollet Render
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_alex_berger_fly.jpg]30Alex Berger
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_adam_frumhoff_metalbug.jpg]40Adam Frumhoff
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_lucy_masterman_greenleaves.jpg]30Lucy Masterman
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_nancy_tedesco_moonstars.jpg]20Nancy Tedesco
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_nancy_tedesco_music.jpg]30Nancy Tedesco
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_nicollette_daly_crystals.jpg]30Nicollette Daly
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_paul_ludovici_bluepaint.jpg]20Paul Ludovici
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_ryn_gargulinski_blacklines.jpg]40Ryn Gargulinski
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_terry_moss_ric_maledon_greenred.jpg]60Ric Maledon & Terry L. Moss
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_terry_moss_ric_maledon_marieantoinette.jpg]50Ric Maledon & Terry L. Moss
[img src=http://communityfoodbank.com/wp-content/flagallery/mardi-gras-2012-masks/thumbs/thumbs_troy_neiman_bikewheel.jpg]30Troy Neiman

Tucson Originals Restaurants that are displaying the masks:

  • Delectables Restaurant & Catering
  • Bushi Traditional Japanese & Asian Cuisine
  • Jonathan’s Cork
  • Renee’s Organic Oven
  • Vero Amore
  • Noble Hops Gastropub
  • Venice Restaurant & Pizzeria
  • Frankie’s South Philly Cheesesteaks & Hoagies
  • Pastiche Modern Eatery
  • Mr. An’s Sushi

Presenting Sponsor

Carnivale Sponsor

Royalty Sponsor

Jackson Square Sponsors

Krewe Sponsors

Revelers

Diane Frisch, Keegan, Linscott & Kenon, Williams Foundation, Palm Court Inn, Stephanie Porter, Quality Restoration, ResCare, Retro Trek, Doug Taren

Media Sponsors


Mardi Gras 2012 committee masking up for the most fantastic event of the year! L to R: Tara Bruce, Kristin Salerno, Stephanie Porter, Jessica Castillo and Whitney Misenhimer

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