Marana Community Food Bank Receives $10,000 TRICO Power Grant

The Marana Community Food Bank has announced that it has received a $10,000 TRICIO Electric Cooperative Power Grant for 2012.

With this TRICO Power Grant the 2,947 food insecure families in the Marana Community Food Bank service area will continue to receive peanut butter as one of the staples in the monthly TEFAP emergency food distribution.  6,536 jars of peanut butter will be purchased for the TEFAP food boxes.

“We are thrilled to partner with TRICO Electric Cooperative to ensure that those in need in our community continue to receive peanut butter in our food boxes,” said Linda Hampton, Marana Food Bank Executive Director.  “35% of our clients are children who will directly benefit from this purchase of peanut butter for our food boxes.”

The Marana Community Food Bank is a branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and serves the areas of Marana, Avra Valley, Dove Mountain, Tucson Estates, Three Point, Picture Rocks, Old Tucson and Pascua Yaqui.

Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a non-profit electric cooperative serving more than 38,000 customers in northwest Tucson, Marana, Corona de Tucson, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Three Points, Arivaca and Sasabe. Trico was formed in 1945 by farmers in Avra Valley seeking to bring electric power to their rural area.

For more information, contact Linda Hampton at (520) 682-3001.



Marana Community Food Bank to Change Hours April 3, 2012

Beginning April 3, 2012 the Marana Community Food Bank is changing the hours during which food will be distributed.  The Food Bank will add one late day during the week to make it easier for working people who require food assistance.

The new hours for food distribution are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Please note this reminder, that the Marana Community Food Bank is always closed on the first working day of each month.

“By staying open later on Wednesday we hope to help those working families who are still struggling to get by,” said Linda Hampton, Executive Director.  “We know that some families have one or two members working but, with the rising costs of other essentials, these families sometimes must turn to the food bank.  We want to be here for them.”

The Marana Community Food Bank serves the areas of Marana, Avra Valley, Dove Mountain, Tucson Estates, Three Points, Picture Rocks, Old Tucson and Pascua Yaqui.  In January 2012 the Marana Community Food Bank served 2,039 households or 7,137 people.

The Marana Community Food Bank is a branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

For more information, contact Linda Hampton at (520) 682-3001 or Cell at (520) 310-4662.



Amado Community Food Bank’s Shelves are Empty

The Amado Community Food Bank’s shelves are empty.  This is the time of year that food and monetary donations drop off dramatically and the Food Bank needs help to feed hungry families in the Amado area.

Winter visitors are about ready to head back home and before they do, they have the opportunity to clear out their pantry and make a donation to the Amado Food Bank.   Most needed items are peanut butter, rice, beans, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, tuna, soups, cereal, canned fruit and macaroni & cheese.  Please make sure items are unopened.

Donations may be dropped off at the Amado Food Bank, 28720 S. Nogales Highway or call to schedule a pick-up at (520) 398-2942.  The Amado Food Bank is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and on Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Food donation boxes are also located at Lavender Restaurant, Al’s Appliance and Care More, all in Green Valley.  Monetary donations are always welcome.

For more information, contact Mildred Lopez Feliciano at (520) 398-2942.



UA4Food Will Benefit the Community Food Bank

For the eighth consecutive year UA4Food brings together the efforts of University of Arizona students, faculty and staff to fight hunger.  Proceeds from this year’s UA4Food Drive will benefit the Community Food Bank’s Child Nutrition Programs and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

The UA4Food Drive is a program of The University of Arizona Office of Community Relations.  Detailed information is available at www.ua4food.arizona.edu.  Virtual donations can be made at the same Web site.

Various organizations on campus will conduct individual food drives throughout the school year.  Organizations and dates for the food drives follow….

  • UA4Food Faculty and Staff Drive – March 12– April 4, 2012 – Check the UA4Food Web site for participating departments and ambassadors.  Give easily and securely through the Community Food Bank’s virtual giving center at www.communityfoodbank.org

Contacts:  Holly Altman at 626-4671 or Jacob Coldsmith at 882-3288

  • Staff Advisory Council “Stuff the CatTran” – Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 5:30 AM to 7 PM – At the CatTran Passenger Drop Off Zone at Cherry & University.

Participate in the fourth annual “Stuff the CatTran” event organized by the Staff Advisory Council, Parking & Transportation Services and UA Community Relations.  Community members are also encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items.  Cash contributions will be accepted.  Drive up drop off will be available.

Contact: Angie Gomez at (520) 621-6596, Eddie Gomez at (520) 621-1645 or Claudia Arias at (520) 621-8051

  •  Spring Fling 2012 Food DriveApril 12 & 13, 2012, 4 – 10 PM – Combine fun with philanthropy! Receive $5.00 off your Spring Fling wrist band purchase with a donation of three (3) cans of food.

Contact:  Brittany Mae Steinke at 621-5610    

Web site:  www.springfling.arizona.edu



Amado Quilt Raffle

Don’t miss your chance to win this beautiful handmade quilt. Lay your eyes upon the traditional cross stitching of green colors set against a white background. It is in excellent condition and would complement your bedroom or display wall. It measures approximately 88” x 111” for a queen-sized bed.

No donation is necessary to participate. There is a suggested minimum donation of $10.00 per ticket or $25.00 for 3. Your donation to the quilt raffle is fully tax-deductible. The drawing will be held just before Mothers’ Day on Friday, May 11, 2012. No need to be present at the drawing to win; the winner will be contacted by phone. To participate without making a donation please call (520) 398-2942.

 

 

There is a suggested minimum donation of $10.00 per ticket or $25.00 for 3.

Amado Community Food Bank: Serving seniors and families in the Amado, Aravaca, Elephant Head, Lakewood, Tubac and Tumacocori. We serve 650 families every month, fighting hunger in our community.



Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Open House

April 14 & 15, 2012

Celebrating 100 years of Statehood!
Honoring the Past,  Inspiring the Future.

accepting non-perishable food items for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

General Information:

Gates will open at 8:30a.m.
Flying is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. and will ended approximately around 4:30 p.m.

Admission for the Open House is FREE.

No tickets are available or required for general entry.

General parking is also FREE.

More info Here

Transportation: At this time public transport has not been established and may not be available. Personal vehicles are allowed entry through general public access areas.

Food, beverages and novelties will be available for purchase.

Water buffalos will also be available free to the public to fill the permitted clear water bottles.

Flight Line Club:

Enjoy all the actions of the air show and feel the rumbling of the planes as they take off and land right in front of you!
In the Flight Line Club Chalet you will experience:

  • -Preferred parking passes
  • -Shaded front line seating in spacious and exclusive viewing area
  • -Catered continental breakfast
  • -Catered lunch
  • -Afternoon snacks
  • -Unlimited water and soft drinks
  • -Private cash bar
  • -Private restrooms

Last day to purchase tickets is April 11, 2012!

Beer Garden:

  • The Beer Garden, on the flight line, is a great place to unwind and enjoy the 2012 Thunder and Lightning over Arizona Airshow!
  • Craft beers as well as Bud Light will be available in the Beer Garden. In addition, this destination spot offers a shaded area, seats to relax, and bathrooms only open to beer garden guests. Also all Beer Garden guests will receive a 2012 D-M Open House souvenir cup!


Pima County Fair on April, 19, April 25 and April 26

Community Food Bank to Collect Donations At  Pima County Fair on April, 19, April 25 and April 26, 2012

This year’s Pima County Fair (11300 S. Houghton Road) runs from April 19th through April 29th.   The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has been invited to collect donations as follows:

Thursday, April 19th – 1:00 to 3:00 PM – Free entry with a donation of 2 or more cans of food.

Wednesday, April 25th – 2:00 to 9:00 PM – Attendees who donate unopened can or 20 oz. bottle of Dr. Pepper will receive a $5.00 discount towards the purchase of a wristband for unlimited rides.

Thursday, April 26th -2:00 to 9:00 PM – Attendees who donate unopened can or 20 oz. bottle of Dr. Pepper will receive a $5.00 discount towards the purchase of a wristband for unlimited rides.

Volunteers will be located at the main Pima County Fair entrance to take donations.

For more information, contact launa@pimacountyfair.com.



Peanut Butter Shortage

The Community Food Bank purchases peanut butter, every five weeks, but due to the recent droughts and tornadoes in the South, the price of these jars has just increased 80% from $40,000 to $72,000.

We serve 24,000 jars of Peanut Butter every month in our Emergency Food Boxes. The cost has just risen from 99 cents to $1.53 per jar. Donate today!

Call (520) 882-3288 to host a food drive.

 



Quilt Raffle 2012- Tucson

Halley’s Comet Amish Quilt

Don’t miss your chance to win a handmade Amish quilt! This year’s quilt features the Halley’s Comet pattern beautifully coordinated with brown, teal and lime fabric; and scalloped edges. This quilt is perfect for any bedroom.

The quilt was designed by Ann Lapp, an Amish woman from Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Additionally, Minerva Reiff did the work of putting the quilting together. There are around 200 hours of hand quilting with 192 yards of thread put into this masterpiece. This quilt measures 96 inches by 114 inches, so on a queen bed you will have an 18 inch drop on each side of the bed.

Last year, proceeds from the quilt raffle totaled over $90,000 which allowed us to provide enough groceries for over 380,000 meals — enough meals to feed 350 families through the months of March, April and May! Families were able to sit down for a much-needed nutritious meal because of the generosity of people like you.

Tickets are not available after 4/30/2012 at 4:00 PM

No donation is necessary to participate. There is a suggested minimum donation of $10.00 per ticket. Your donation to the quilt raffle is fully tax-deductible. To participate without making a donation please call (520) 622-0525.

The drawing will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. There is no need to be present at the drawing to win; the winner will be contacted by phone.

Every dollar you send between March 1 and April 30, 2012 will be eligible for a partial match by the Feinstein Foundation!  Learn more about the Feinstein Challenge.

 



Feinstein Challenge to Match Gifts to from March 1 to April 30

Donations of cash and food made between March 1 and April 30, 2012 to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are eligible for the Feinstein Challenge.  During this nationwide challenge, the Rhode Island-based Feinstein Foundation will provide a partial match for every dollar raised or pound of food donated.

For the 15th consecutive year, $1 million will be divided among hunger-fighting agencies nationwide, including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

The Feinstein Foundation was founded by Alan Shawn Feinstein and is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood.

“This is a great opportunity for local businesses, schools, churches and the entire community to come together and have their contributions of food or dollars matched by the Feinstein Challenge to benefit local families in need,” said Bill Carnegie, Food Bank President/CEO.

To make donations eligible for the Feinstein Challenge, they must be received by the Community Food Bank between March 1 and April 30, 2012.  Donations may be made online  or by calling (520) 622-0525.

For further information about the Feinstein Challenge, contact Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287.