“All Things Food” Class Starts June 6, Sign up now!

Interested in healthy food?

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will present a five-part class series around the food system, family nutrition, healthy meal planning, preparation, budgeting, and more.

Healthy food samples with recipes will be provided at each class.

When: Wednesday evenings, June 6- July 3, 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Grace St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St., near Elm St. and Tucson Blvd.

This series is free, but class size is limited so sign up early!

Call Leona at (520) 882-3295 to register.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend all five classes.

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All Things Food!  Class Schedule

Wed June 6:  Understanding Our Food System

Wed June 13: Sleuthing Your Supermarket (We’ll meet at Albertson’s on Campbell Ave. for this class!)

Wed June 20: Family Nutrition and Healthy Meal Planning

Wed June 27: Budgeting and Healthy Cooking

Tues July 3:    Thinking Outside the Supermarket – Home Gardens and Farmers’ Markets

Community Food Bank’s Bill Carnegie Named Feeding America’s Executive Director of the Year


Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona President/CEO has been named Feeding America’s Executive of the Year for 2012.  Mr. Carnegie received the award at the Feeding America 2012 National Summit on April 19, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.

The Executive Director of the Year Award honors the most outstanding Executive Director/CEO in the Feeding America network for going above and beyond their everyday responsibilities in the fight against hunger. Award recipients contribute an extraordinary effort to the network’s viability and momentum, and demonstrate excellence in leadership at both local and national levels as the network works together to provide hope to millions of hungry Americans.

Bill Carnegie has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, since January 2006.  He has over 20 years’ experience in food banking, previously working in South Bend, Indiana and Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Mr. Carnegie served in the United States Coast Guard as a Finance Officer, retiring in 1990 after a twenty-year career.  He holds a B.S. in Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

“The board of directors is very pleased and proud of Bill for being named Executive Director of the Year,” said Fran McNeely, Board Chair. “This reflects not only on Bill and his extraordinary leadership, but also on all the staff at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona—it really does take a team.  The Southern Arizona Community can rest assured our community food bank is in very capable hands.”

Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity; the network’s 200 members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors.

For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287 or cell at (520) 444-5412.

Allegro School of Music to hold Benefit Concerts and Food Drive

Sunday, May 20th, 2012, benefit concerts and a food drive for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will be hosted by Allegro School of Music. The concerts will be held at the University of Arizona School of Music in Holsclaw Recital Hall (located at the SE corner of Park and Speedway) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students of Allegro will perform a variety of musical styles on guitar, piano, voice, violin, bass and drums.

Admission is free and food donations will be accepted at the door for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (www.communityfoodbank.com)

Food donations will also be accepted from May 1st through May 31st at Allegro School of Music (4641 N 1st Ave #5) during school business hours Monday – Friday 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

**Those who donate food items are eligible to enter a raffle to win a FREE MONTH of music lessons ($104.00 value).  Allegro School of Music will be giving a free month of lessons to five people who donate to the food drive.**

Allegro School of Music is one of Tucson’s fastest growing music schools, offering quality music lessons in Guitar, Piano, Voice, Violin, and Drums to students of all ages.

For more information, contact the school at 670-9162 or visit www.AllegroSchoolOfMusic.net

Still Time to Support the Community Food Bank In Walmart’s “Fighting Hunger Together” Initiative

There is still time to support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona in Walmart’s “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative to help fight hunger and make a positive difference.

The 200 US communities hardest hit by unemployment were identified to participate in the initiative and Southern Arizona is on that list.  The community with the most votes will receive $1 million to help fight hunger. The next 20 communities will each receive $50,000 for hunger relief.

The Food Bank is in the running to win the $1 million grant from Walmart.  The public can help by visiting Walmart’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/walmart) and vote by clicking on “Arizona” and “Tucson Area.”  Only one vote per person per day is allowed, but the more people who vote, the better chance the Food Bank has of winning.  Voting ends April 30, 2012.  Those wishing to vote may also go online to www.communityfoodbank.org to vote and learn more about Walmart’s “Fighting Hunger Together.”

For more information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287 or cell at (520) 444-5412.

Vote for us on Facebook and help us win a $1 million grant from Walmart

Vote Daily! 

We are in the running to win a $1 million grant from Walmart. You can help by visiting Walmart’s Facebook page and voting for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Only one vote per person, per day. The more people who vote, the better chance we have of winning! The voting will start Monday, April 9th and end on Monday, April 30th. Check our facebook page for more information.

UA’s 2012 Spring Fling Benefits the Community Food Bank

The University of Arizona’s 2012 Spring Fling will again benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  The partnership with Spring Fling is part of the campus-wide UA4Food drive that brings together faculty, staff and students to raise money and food for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  2012 Spring Fling takes place at Rillito Downs (North 1st Avenue and River Road) April 12 through April 15, 2012.

UA Spring Fling is the largest student run carnival in the nation.  It raises money for student clubs, organizations, events, service work, and also benefits the Tucson Community.  This year Spring Fling will aid the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Child Nutrition Programs and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) food box program.

Attendees at this year’s Spring Fling on Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13, 2012 can combine fun and philanthropy.  A donation of three (3) cans of food will reduce their Spring Fling wrist band purchase by $5.00 (good for all rides that day).

“Spring Fling continues to facilitate its connection with Tucson beyond the boundaries of the University by proudly partnering with the Community Food Bank to collect thousands of canned goods to donate and help those in need,” said Brittany Steinke, Spring Fling Executive Director.  “ The success enjoyed by Spring Fling and the Community Food Bank each year keep the ties between citizens and students as strong as ever.”

UA4Food is a program of the Office of Community Relations and is supported by the Marshall Foundation.

For more information, contact Brittany Mae Steinke, Spring Fling Director at (520) 621-5610.

Nogales Kids Farmers’ Market Ribbon Cutting

The Kids Farmers’ Market Program official ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Friday, April 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM at Wade Carpenter Middle School (595 West Kino Boulevard).  The Kids Farmer’s Market is a program of the Nogales Community Food Bank.

The Kids Farmers’ Market Program will put fresh produce directly into the hands of students on their way home from school.  The program will help the Nogales Food Bank and the community celebrate children and their family member’s excitement about healthy eating.

The Kids Farmers’ Market Program has been aided by a grant from Walmart to purchase a refrigerated truck that will be used to travel to five area public elementary schools (during the growing season November through April) each month with the fresh produce for the students.

“It is the intention of the Kids Farmers’ Market to promote healthy eating among children,” said Arthur Espinoza, Executive Director of the Nogales Community Food Bank.  “We hope that it will also raise the awareness in the homes of the children of Santa Cruz County to help prevent childhood obesity.”

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

For more information contact Arthur Espinoza at (520) 281-2790, cell at (520) 982-2554 or aespinoza@communityfoodbank.org.

“Stamp Out Hunger” Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

20TH Annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive to Benefit the Community Food Bank

For the 20th consecutive year the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will team up to collect donations on Saturday, May 12, 2012 for the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive

“This is the 20th Anniversary of the Letter Carriers Food Drive,” said Bill Carnegie, Food Bank CEO.  “The problem of hunger in our community has never been greater and we need our community to help make this year’s food drive a success.  Thousands of local families are counting on your support,” he added.

To help “Stamp Out Hunger” in Southern Arizona, residents are asked leave a bag of non-perishable food, such as canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit or canned tomato products next to their mail box before the time of their mail delivery on Saturday, May 12th.   Food should be in non-breakable containers.  Letter carriers and volunteers will collect the food donations and forward them to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Monetary donations will be accepted for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive and on-line donations may be made as well:

For further information, contact the NALC Branch #704 at (520) 323-2117 or Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287.




Body and Sol™ Tucson’s Premier Women’s Expo to Benefit the Community Food Bank

It’s an experience not to be missed!

Body and Sol™ Tucson’s Premier Women’s Expo at the beautiful
Casino Del Sol Resort
May 3-4-5, 2012

Highlights include…
Tucson’s own Dr. Kevin Leman, bestselling author of books on birth order
Laura Munson, bestselling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is…
Eric Boles, President of The Game Changers Inc.
100+ hand picked exhibitors
Local treasures and pleasures
Fabulous food and drinks (tequila tastings!)
Dillard’s Fashion Show
Demonstrations: Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, Boot Camp
Artists share creative inspiration
and so much more!

The co-founders of Body and Sol Women’s Expo are committed to giving back to the community and will be donating a portion of the Expo’s ticket sales’ proceeds to four local non-profits including The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

See the website for schedule: www.bodyandsoltucson.com
Thursday, May 3: $35 – Keynote address; facilitated mega networking event
Friday or Saturday, May 4-5: $15 – All seminars, presentations, exhibits,
live music, fashion show on Saturday