“Ginger’s Challenge II” A Fundraising “Baby Shower” for the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank

Saturday, July 28, 2012

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Legion Post 66
Banquet Hall

Cocktails:  5:00pm
Dinner:  6:00pm
Entertainment: 6:30pm
Awards:  7:30 (for best centerpieces)

Menu:
“Aunt Jen’s” Fried Chicken  with baked beans, cole slaw, rolls/butter
Carrot Cake for Dessert!
Ice Tea/Coffee Station
$12.00 per person

Dress:  Casual

Suggested “gifts:”
Diapers…baby shampoo…Baby wipes…powder…lotion
Baby food…juice…fruit…Formula…anything for baby

Gift cards are also welcome.  Please remember that money donated to the Food Bank has to be used to purchase regular client food box items…baby/infant items do not qualify.

The Lodge however, can purchase these items.  So if you want, please make your checks payable to Sahuarita Elks with the word “baby” in the memo section.

Entertainment by Larry……Musician/Magician Extraordinaire

Providing dance music and “A Touch of Magic!”

Tickets available from Ginger Wait (648-3707), at the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank, lodge meetings and at the Lodge Office (625-3939).  Deadline for purchase is July 23rd.

 

 

 

 



Hunger Walk 2012!

Join us as we come together to walk to make a difference in the fight against hunger in Southern Arizona.

WHEN: Saturday, September 29th, 2012. 8:00AM Registration

WHERE: Sam Lena Park*. Sam Lena Park*. The Hunger Walk is a three and one half mile walk around the scenic Sam Lena Park walking path, then north on Country Club Road to the Community Food Bank. An informative tour of the food bank is included before returning to the park. Not up for a three mile walk? Please see other options below.

If you have any questions please call (520) 622-0525 ext. 492.

Register for the Tucson Race

*Our branch banks are having walks on the same date! Join a walk to support one of our branch banks instead:

Amado / Green Valley-Sahuarita Hunger Walk 2012

Marana Hunger Walk 2012

Nogales Hunger Walk 2012

Options:

A. Short walk of one mile to the food bank for a tour and back to the park for fun and festivities. (You can choose the short or long walk).

B. Make a donation and sleep in!

This is truly a family-friendly event with prizes, clowns, entertainment and music. What a great way to help the Community Food Bank while enjoying the morning in the park with friends and family!

Event Schedule

Hunger Walk, September 29th, 2012
Registration: 8:00 AM
Walk Begins: 9:00 AM
Online Registration through September 28th at 4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presenting Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

 

Media Sponsors


 Special thanks to everyone who participates in the Hunger Walk!



Marana Heritage Farm is now The Marana Community Food Bank Farm

 The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s project formally known as The Marana Heritage Farm has changed its name to The Marana Community Food Bank Farm.  This new title will better reflect the Food Bank’s role in the Town of Marana’s Heritage Park conservation effort to celebrate the community’s history and culture.

The Marana Community Food Bank Farm occupies three of acres of land and is dedicated to growing high quality fresh fruits and vegetables for the Farmers’ Market program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  It also serves as an education and demonstration farm for members of the community.  The Farm is located at 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive, Marana, AZ 85653.

For more information on The Marana Community Food Bank Farm, contact Maggie Whiteside at (520) 682-3837 or Cell at (520) 468-1416.



Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Launches Desert Harvest Workshop Series

On June 28, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will host a Mesquite Harvesting workshop.   Taught by local food expert, Amy Schwemm, the workshop will show community members how to identify, harvest and store mesquite pods that are ready to harvest this time of year.

The Mesquite Harvesting workshop will be the first in a series of three workshops that focus on harvesting, storing and processing seasonal desert foods.  The Desert Harvest Workshop Series provides a way for community members to learn about the plentiful, highly nutritious food sources of the Sonora Desert.

The second workshop, also taught by Amy Schwemm, will focus on harvesting, processing and cooking with prickly pear, which is abundant in the desert in late summer.  This workshop will happen on August 16, 2012 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

Finally, participants who save the mesquite pods they collect in the summer can mill them into flour at the annual Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market Mesquite Milling, scheduled for November 15, 2012 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  In addition to the milling, which will be provided by Desert Harvesters, participants can expect to find instructions on how to cook with mesquite flour.

Market shoppers can also expect to find locally-grown summer produce including tomatoes, garlic, squash, melons, chilies and much more.  Also available are honey, fresh eggs, goat cheese, free-range meat, baked goods and garden plants.

The Mesquite Harvesting workshop is free and open to the public.  All of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Farmers’ Markets accept SNAP (food stamps), WIC checks, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit.  The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Mercado San Agustin, at 100 S. Avenida Del Convento near the corner of Congress and Grande.



Community Food Bank Receives 873,232 Pounds of Food from “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive and Recycles 117,893 Plastic Bags

Thanks to Southern Arizona residents who participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers 20th Annual “Stamp Our Hunger” food drive on May 12, 2012, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona received the equivalent of 873,232 pounds of food, based on pounds of food and cash donations.  Thanks to Food City supermarkets, the Food Bank was also able to recycle the 117,893 plastic bags that held the food donations.

“This year was one of the largest food drives ever and a great success,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.   “A special thank you goes to the National Association of Letter carriers for their terrific work and we deeply appreciate Food City’s partnership to recycle plastic bags in order to protect our environment.”

“Stamp Out Hunger” is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.  Every year more than 230,000 U.S. Postal Service letter carriers collect non-perishable food donations from homes across the country.  The food is then delivered to food banks and hunger relief organizations in more than 10,000 communities, including Southern Arizona.

“We always look forward to assisting the Community Food Bank with this drive,” said Tucson Food City Store Director Floyd Whetton.  “It’s rewarding to know that these bags will not make their way into our landfills; instead they’ll be recycled into useful things like playground equipment.”

Food City grocery stores in Tucson proudly and prominently display recycling bins with clearly marked Bag Central Station signs at their entrance.  Bag Central Station locations allow residents and visitors to recycle plastic bags that are not accepted in curbside recycling bins.



Learn to Cook with the Sun at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

On June 21st, the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will provide a variety of resources for people who are interested in solar cooking.  Several models of solar ovens will be displayed by people who have built or bought their own, and their owners will be on hand to demonstrate how to use them.

This is a great opportunity for community members to learn how to harness one of the region’s greatest sources of energy to cook anything from baked goods to vegetables to meat.  Solar cooking is clean, inexpensive, saves energy and does not heat up the kitchen on hot summer days.

Market shoppers can also expect to find locally-grown summer produce including tomatoes, garlic, squash, melons, chilies and much more.  Also available is honey, fresh eggs, goat cheese, free-range meat, baked goods and garden plants.

The Solstice Solar Event is free and open to the public.  All of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Farmers’ Markets accept SNAP (food stamps), WIC checks, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, credit and debit.  The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday from 4 PM – 7 PM in Mercado San Agustin, at 100 S. Avenida Del Convento near the corner of Congress and Grande.