Dive into Hunger Food Drive: Marana Community Food Bank

Marana Food Drive

Dive into Hunger

Dive into hunger! Fill the pool with food for the Marana Community Food Bank on Saturday August 11, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Ace hardware 11921 N. 1st Avenue at Tangerine Road. The Oro Valley Fire Department will be exhibiting a ladder truck and there will be giveaways and prizes all day. The first 50 people who bring food for the Marana Community Food Bank will receive a $5 gift card for ACE Hardware! Call 297-0222 for information.

WHEN: August 11, 2012 (8am-3pm)

WHERE: ACE Hardware

WHAT: Food Drive

PARTNERS: Ace Hardware & The Oro Valley Fire Department

BENEFITS: Marana Community Food Bank

Call 297-0222 for information.

Jewish Community Foundation ‘Rubin Fund’ Awards Grant to Caridad’s Culinary Training Program

Community Food Bank Announces $12,949 Grant from
The Jewish Community Foundation William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund
For Caridad’s Culinary Training Program

Tucson:  The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona announces that it has received a grant in the amount of $12,949.00 from the Jewish Community Foundation William and Doris Rubin Endowment Fund to support the Caridad Community Kitchen Culinary Training Program.

Students began the training program on July 2nd with a comprehensive ten week curriculum that has been designed by Chef Jon Wirtis and Debbie Purdon to prepare the students for a career in culinary arts.  To select students for the program, they targeted recent and long-term unemployed individuals who are seeking training or retraining in the food service and restaurant industry. The students were selected from the partnering agencies that help with the distribution of Caridad’s prepared meals.

“We greatly appreciate this grant from the Jewish Community Foundation Rubin Fund,” said Chef Jon Wirtis.  “It will help us reach the goal to assist people who would otherwise not have access to a culinary training program to become productive individuals.”

The students of the Caridad Community Kitchen Culinary Training Program will receive all the skills necessary for an entry level position in the Food and Restaurant/Hotel Industry.  The program plans to train fifty students in the first year of the program.

For more information, contact Chef Jon Wirtis or Debbie Purdon at (520) 882-5641.

Call To Artists – Mardi Gras Masks

Call to Local Artists: Make a mask for Mardi Gras 2013!

Create a unique art mask that will be auctioned at Mardi Gras 2013 with proceeds benefiting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona hunger relief programs.  Artist must create their own mask based on the theme of Carnivale, Mardi Gras and New Orleans. The mask can be from their medium of choice. Chosen masks will be displayed in Tucson Originals restaurants until January for the purpose of marketing Mardi Gras 2013. Are you a committed, unique local artist? Take advantage of this great opportunity and get your work noticed by key people in the community. Selected artists get one free ticket to the event in January 2013. Check out some photos from last year’s event. [View Slideshow]

Questions? Contact Jessica Castillo at jcastillo@communityfoodbank.org  or call (520) 882-3302.

Download Details and Application here.

August 17, 2012: Deadline for signed application form
November 2, 2012: Completed masks due to Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s main office

All Things Food Class starts Sept. 6

Interested in healthy food?

You are invited to attend our 5 Part All Things Food Class

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

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

When: Thursday evenings, Sept 6- Oct 4, 6:30-8:00pm

Where: Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 9071 E Old Spanish Trail (near Broadway Blvd and S Camino Seco)

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

Call Leona at (520) 882-3295 or email LDavis@communityfoodbank.org to register.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend all five classes.


All Things Food! Class Schedule (6:30-8pm Thursday night)

Sept 6: Understanding Our Food System
Sept 13: Sleuthing Your Supermarket
Sept 20: Family Nutrition and Healthy Meal Planning
Sept 27: Budgeting and Healthy Cooking
Oct 4: Thinking Outside the Supermarket – Home Gardens and Farmers’ Markets



Wells Fargo supports Arizona food banks in annual drive

A proud supporter of food banks across Arizona, Wells Fargo is pleased to announce it is conducting its annual summer statewide food drive July 16 to Aug. 3.  The event collects donations for food banks that span the entire state and remains the only statewide food drive held in Arizona– with collection bins in all Wells Fargo Community Banking stores throughout the state.Donations will benefit members of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which collectively distributed over 131 million pounds of food last year – a record and enough to provide 299,000 meals every day through 1,600 sites.  People who wish to donate cash can send checks to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, 2100 N. Central Ave., Ste. 230, Phoenix, Ariz. 85004.  Donations also may be made online at http://www.azfoodbanks.org.

“Our statewide food drive has become an annual Arizona Wells Fargo tradition that all of our team members look forward to,” said Pam Conboy, regional president for Wells Fargo Regional Banking in Arizona.  “Last summer we collected 60 tons of food, equivalent to over 109,000 meals, and I am confident our efforts this year will continue strong.  As America’s and Arizona’s Community Bank, Wells Fargo is committed to supporting our communities everywhere – and  I know our great team  will do all we can to help provide food to so many in need throughout Arizona.”

Needs of families and individuals around the state continue to be strong, according to the Association of Arizona Food Banks:

  • 1 in 5 (21%) of Arizonans live in poverty ($22,350 or less for a family of four)
  • 1 in 4 (25%) of Arizona children under the age of 18 live in poverty
  • 19% of Arizonans, including 29% of our children, are food insecure and do not have enough to eat
  • 1 in 3 Arizonans are considered “working poor” and may not always have enough to eat

“Almost one in five Arizonans struggles with hunger, and the record levels of demand at our food banks indicates just how many of our friends and neighbors are in need, said Ginny Hildebrand, President and CEO of the Association of Arizona Food Banks. “Food banks throughout Arizona are pleased to once again partner with Wells Fargo on this annual food drive, especially during the summer months when food donations slow down tremendously.  It is companies like Wells Fargo that truly can make an impactful difference.”

About Wells Fargo

In Arizona, Wells Fargo has 14,000 team members and 261 stores.  Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With approximately 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America.  Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

Community Food Banks Receiving Donations from local Wells Fargo Store Teams:

The Valley and nearby cities:

  • · St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
  • · United Food Bank
  • · Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest

 Northern Arizona and River Cities:

  • · St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance (Flagstaff)
  • · Yavapai Food Bank
  • · Dessert Mission Food Bank
  • · Salvation Army (Bullhead/Laughlin Corps)
  • · Yuma Community Food Bank
  • · Lake Havasu Community Food Bank
  • · Kingman Area Food Bank
  • · Shepherd’s Kitchen Food Bank
  • · Gila Community Food Bank
  • · Love Kitchen, Inc.
  • · St. Vincent de Paul — Food Bank of Payson
  • · Whiteriver Assembly of God

Tucson and Southern Arizona:

  • · Community Food Bank
  • · St. Vincent de Paul Community Food Bank

Yuma, Nogales, Douglas:

  • · Nogales Community Food Bank
  • · Yuma Community Food Bank (Yuma/Parker)
  • · Douglas Area Food Bank


We Need Your Help To Protect Food Stamps (SNAP) Today!

Tomorrow, July 11, the House Agriculture Committee will vote on a Farm Bill proposal that cuts SNAP by over $16 billion. These cuts would be devastating for our most vulnerable neighbors:

  • 500,000 households would see their benefits cut by an average $90 per month;
  • 2 to 3 million individuals would lose their food assistance entirely;
  • Nearly 300,000 kids would lose free school meals.

We must deliver a strong message about the impact these cuts would have on our communities.  We need members of Congress to weigh-in with the House Agriculture Committee in opposition to these cuts.

Call your Representative Today!
Join our national call in day to make your voice heard. Help us track our impact by using our toll-free hotline.

  • Call our toll-free hotline at 877-698-8228
  • Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted. You will then be connected to your Representative.
  • Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver this important message:

My name is [YOUR NAME].I am a supporter of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and live in Tucson[or INSERT other HOME TOWN].

I strongly oppose the cuts to SNAP included in the House Farm Bill.  These cuts would be devastating for struggling families in our community. The recession may be over but many of our neighbors are still hurting. The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is already struggling to meet the need in our community, and these cuts would only shift more people to charities to make ends meet. Please urge your colleagues on the House Agriculture Committee to reject cuts to SNAP and other hunger-relief programs.

Help us show Congress that there is a constituency for ending hunger in America!  Pass it on.