“Good Vibrations and Food Donations” a Sixties Dance to Benefit the Marana Community Food Bank 2012

The Marana Community Food Bank is presenting an evening of reminiscing and fun on Saturday April 14, 2012
at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse in Dove Mountain.

photo booth           silent auction          cash bar           raffle prizes

Good Vibrations – Food Donations is a return to the 60s dance featuring the Sixties Garage Band and dinner prepared by award winning Chef Michael Veres. Last year’s event was a complete sell out and we expect nothing less this year.

Your participation will ensure that the Marana Community Food Bank can continue its work in meeting the food needs of the hungry in Marana, Picture Rocks, Avra Valley and northwest Tucson.

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For more information and tickets 682-3001

Diamond Sponsor

Emerald Sponsor
Edward Jones – Maeve Johnson

Sapphire Sponsors
Comcast Cable
Kurt Larsen Insurance Agency – Sate Farm
Mata Ortiz to You – Janis Diers
Mesquite Pediatrics
National Bank of Arizona
Dr. Zachary Shnek



Donors Respond to Bank of America’s Gift for Opportunity™ Fund Extending Their Support for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Thanks to the generous support of individuals and a matching contribution from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will receive more than $72,000 that will in turn provide 580,545 meals to assist families.

“At a time when many individuals and families are struggling to put food on the table, the opportunity for donors to contribute funds locally to food banks, and extend this support through Bank of America’s matching donation, helped motivate and increase donations to the fight against hunger,” said William Carnegie, President and CEO, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

The Food Action and Research Center (FRAC) reported last year that Tucson ranked 15th among the nation’s top 25 metropolitan areas for families struggling to put food on the table for their children.  The analysis of Gallup Data examined food hardship rates, or the inability to afford enough food.  As a state, Arizona was tied for the seventh-worst for food hardships for households with children, meaning that there was at least one time during a 12-month period when there wasn’t enough money for food.

The match offer from Bank of America proved to be the motivating factor during the holiday season for nearly $1 million in personal financial contributions from more than 8,000 donors nationwide, helping to provide more than 26 million meals across the United States through Feeding America’s “Give A Meal” campaign.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will receive $72,568 from Feeding America in March.

The campaign proved to be an overwhelming success. The Gift for Opportunity fund supported over 80% of Feeding America affiliates, reaching almost every state in the country.  The program was a collective effort to fight the pressing issue of hunger in large and small communities and the Give A Meal effort provided an opportunity to engage individuals – on a local level – to help fight hunger in the United States.

As the campaign’s signature partner, Bank of America, through its Gift for Opportunity fund, contributed $2 for every $1 donated.  Combined with Bank of America’s initial $1 million donation to Feeding America at the outset of the campaign, the successful outcome is a final donation of $2.5 million to hunger relief in the U.S.  Bank of America’s support of the Give A Meal effort stems from its longstanding commitment to serve pressing needs in the communities it serves.



Curves 14th Annual Food Drive Set for March 1st Through March 31st

Curves 14th Annual Food Drive Set for March 1st Through March 31st

Event to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Recognizing that the need for donations is greater than ever before for local food banks across the nation, Curves International is kicking off the 2012 Curves Food Drive on March 1st with the challenge to all Curves Clubs to meet or exceed last year’s donations.

The main goal of the food drive is to enlist the help of the Curves members and the local community to restock the shelves of their local food bank.  With the theme of “Good for your body and your soul,” this year’s drive encourages Curves members to feel doubly good about themselves as they make time to exercise for good health and take time to help others in the community with a donation of nutritious food to give back to their local community as they join the Curves Community.

In Tucson, Curves will collect non-perishable food items and monetary donations to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  Last year, locally, Curves collected over 8,625 pounds of food and wants to increase that amount this year.   “At the core of our business is the message that women are stronger when they rally together, and that is the point we hope to bring home with our food drive,” said Megg Giufurta.  “We want to show our community just how powerful the generosity of our members can be.”  Non-members who donate between March 12th through the 24th can join Curves for free.

If a church, business or employer would like to assist Curves in their effort to collect food, or make a donation, please contact Curves Rita Ranch at 664-0400 or Curves 22nd & Kolb at 514-8700

 

Curves locations in Tucson are at:

 

2040 W. Orange Grove Blvd.

Tucson, AZ 85704

(520) 531-9181

 

2816 N. Campbell Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85719

(520) 326-1251

 

6970 E. 22nd St., Suite 106

Tucson, AZ 85710

(520) 514-8700

 

8969 E. Tanque Verde Road, Suite 203

Tucson, AZ 85749

(520) 749-7401

 

9136 E. Valencia, Suite 130

Tucson, AZ 85747

(520) 664-0400

 

150 S. Houghton Road, #140

Tucson, AZ 85748

(520) 751-4242

 

5975 W. Western Way Circle, #117

Tucson, AZ 85713

(520) 578-3763

 For more information, contact Megg Giufurta at (520)514-8700 or megg@curvestucson.com



Laughing Liberally Tucson- Comedy Showcase

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El Pueblo Farm Stand Changes Day and Time

What:  El Pueblo Farm Stand is changing its day and time.

When:  March 5, 2012

Where:  El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, El Rio Clinic Parking Lot

 In response to customer and vendor feedback, on March 5, 2012 the El Pueblo Farm Stand will move to Mondays from 3:00 -5:00 PM.  The change in time and day will provide community members using the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, a more convenient shopping option on Monday afternoons.   Although, the Farm Stand will remain in the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, it will be set up slightly farther south in the El Rio Clinic Parking lot. The Farm Stand will continue to focus on providing residents on the south side of Tucson with fresh, locally and naturally grown produce.

All of the Community Food Bank farmers’ markets accept SNAP (food stamps), WIC checks, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit. El Pueblo Neighborhood Center is located on the SW Corner of Irvington Road and S. 6th Ave.

The El Pueblo Farm Stand 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.



Midtown Sertoma 5k Run & Walk for Better Hearing

March 10, 2012
8:30 a.m. start
AZ Schools for the Deaf & Blind Track

Come celebrate the work of the Arizona School for Deaf and Blind at the 3rd Annual 5k Run & Walk for Better Hearing. Your start and finish, for our super-fast and flat USATF certified course, will take place on the school track and football field, with the route traveling the path along the Santa Cruz River trail. Awards will be presented to top three overall men and women and in five year age groups. Tech shirts will be provided to all registered participants. Afterwards, you can enjoy our free Mexican breakfast, awards, music and information from our sponsors and those involved in the hearing related community.

All proceeds will benefit the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, which has experienced significant State funding reductions, Midtown Sertoma Audiology scholarships and the Adult Loss of Hearing Association – all operating in Tucson

Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food donations to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Drop off boxes will be available at the event entrance.
For more information and to register log on to www.everyoneruns.net.


 

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March 10, 2012

8:30 a.m. start
AZ Schools for the Deaf & Blind Track

Come celebrate the work of the Arizona School for Deaf and Blind at the 3rd Annual 5k Run & Walk for Better Hearing. Your start and finish, for our super-fast and flat USATF certified course, will take place on the school track and football field, with the route traveling the path along the Santa Cruz River trail. Awards will be presented to top three overall men and women and in five year age groups. Tech shirts will be provided to all registered participants. Afterwards, you can enjoy our free Mexican breakfast, awards, music and information from our sponsors and those involved in the hearing related community.

Description: Midtown Sertoma 5k Run & Walk for Better Hearing CommercialAll proceeds will benefit the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, which has experienced significant State funding reductions, Midtown Sertoma Audiology scholarships and the Adult Loss of Hearing Association – all operating in Tucson

Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food donations to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Drop off boxes will be available at the event entrance.

For more information and to register log on to www.everyoneruns.net. 



Thanksgiving on the Mayflower is largest single day fundraising event in the Food Bank’s 36 year history

 

Bobby Rich from 94.9 Mix FM did his annual Thanksgiving on the Mayflower event, raising $113,163 from the community.  TEP (Sharon Foltz in photo) matched what the community donated that day.  It is the largest single day fundraising event in the Food Bank’s 36 year history.



City donates an additional $100,000 to Community Food Bank



Who’s Your Farmer? a Photo and Video Showcase Set for February 11, 2012

Who’s Your Farmer?  A photo and video showcase of the Youth Farm Project is set for Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM  at the Dragonfly Gallery , 146 E. Broadway (between 5th & 6th Ave.).

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Youth Farm Project and Dragonfly Gallery will partner for an exciting show featuring photography and video created by the Youth Farm Project Media Crew.  This show celebrates food justice, youth power and farming in an evening of art, food and fun.  The event is free and open to the public.

The Youth Farm project works to engage youth in the food they eat and foster the consideration of how what they eat affects their health, community and the planet.  The Youth Farm Project works year around with youth from elementary through high school to address the root causes of hunger and food insecurity through “hands on” agriculture, farm work, nutrition education and community involvement.

Dragonfly Gallery benefits and supports Dragonfly Village, a state of the art children and family residential center located on the campus of Tucson Amity Foundation at Circle Tree Ranch, a sanctuary for family restoration.

For more information, contact Shanti Sellz at (520) 873-7401 or ssellz@communityfoodbank.org.