Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
And its Branch Food Banks Announce a Recall of
Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter Used in TEFAP and Food Plus Food Boxes
Update: Sunland, Inc. announces an expansion of its voluntarily limited recall of almond butter and peanut butter to add cashew butter, tahini and roasted blanched peanut products due to possible health risks.
View Sunland’s full announcement, updated 9/25/2012
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and its branch food banks in Amado, Green Valley-Sahuarita, Marana, and Nogales have been informed by Sunland Inc. that their Sunland Creamy Peanut Butter (12 oz. size) #4868726910, with expiration dates of May 1, 2013 through September 24, 2013, is being recalled because these items may be contaminated with Salmonella. Other Sunland manufactured peanut butter brands may be included (see a complete list here, updated 9/25/2012). These peanut butter products are used in the TEFAP Food Boxes and the Food Plus Food Boxes distributed by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, its branch food banks and its agency partners.
Food Bank clients who received food boxes with peanut butter are asked to return the opened or unopened jars to the location where they received their food boxes or to any of these locations:
- Community Food Bank at 3003 South Country Club Road, Tucson Arizona 85713 (520-622-0525)
- Amado Food Bank at 28720 South Nogales Highway, Amado, Arizona 85713 (520-398-2942)
- Green Valley-Sahuarita Food Bank at 250 E. Continental Road, Green Valley, AZ 85614 (520-625-5252)
- Marana Food Bank at 11734 West Greer Road, Marana, AZ 85653 (520-682-3001)
- Nogales Food Bank at 2636 N Donna Ave., Nogales, AZ 85621 (520-281-2790)
Consumers who have questions about this recall may contact Sunland, Inc. at 1-888-837-1018.
For more information on the Southern Arizona peanut butter recall, contact Eric Hitzeman at (520) 882-3281.
Widespread Recall of Peanut Butter Hurts Food Bank Clients
The widespread recall of peanut butter is hurting the clients of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona as well as its branch food banks in Amado, Green Valley-Sahuarita, Marana, and Nogales.
Peanut butter is one of the main sources of protein in the Food Plus and TEFAP food boxes provided to Food Bank clients every day of the year. The recall includes more than 100 peanut butter items that may be contaminated with Salmonella. Due to the danger, the Food Banks is unable to include peanut butter in the food boxes at this time and must find safe replacements immediately. There is not time to hold the traditional peanut butter food drives.
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and its branch food banks are asking for the public’s help in raising funds to purchase replacement peanut butter for the food boxes. To purchase a three months’ supply of peanut butter (66,000 jars) it will cost $75,000.
Donations may be made at http://give.communityfoodbank.org/recall or by mail to Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, P.O. Box 26727, Tucson, AZ 85726-6727.
For more information contact Eric Hitzeman at (520) 882-3281.
Saturday, September 29th through Sunday, October 7th at the Park Place
For the third consecutive year, the American Institute of Architects, Southern Arizona Chapter will sponsor the 2012 Canstruction® event to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Tucson area architecture and engineering offices will design and build sculpture installations using only canned food at Park Place, 5870 East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85711.
The construction of the sculptures will take place on Saturday, September 29th and will be on display at Park Place through Sunday, October 7th. Honors will be awarded to the most creative Canstruction® on Friday October 5th at 6:00 PM. The creations will be dismantled after October 7th and all of the canned foods will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Entries for 2012 Canstruction are:
Team Arizona WildCans by Cypress Civil Engineering
Team U of A Hoovers by AIAS Arizona (U of A CALA)
Team Go Big or Go Home by WSM Architects, Vanguard Office Concepts, Closet Trends and Tucson Re-Bath
Team Grand Canyon by DKP Architects + Consulting and REALM
Canstruction® is one of the events for 2012 AIA Southern Arizona Architecture Week which takes place from September 28th through October 7th. See the AIA Southern Arizona Web site for the week’s events.
For more information, call the AIA Southern Arizona office at (520) 323-2191 or log on to www.aiasouthernarizona.org.
On Saturday September 1, 2012 a “Chess for Charity” event was held to benefit the Community Food Bank. It was organized by Sumhith Aradhyula and raised $1,000. Earlier this year, he organized an Indian classical music concert through his organization, ragazona. He raised about $500.00 from this event for the food bank.
Pictured left to right are Michael, Community Food Bank Director of Development and Sumhith Aradhyula.
Rock ‘n’ Roll for Hunger event to benefit the
Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank
Rock ‘n’ Roll for Hunger
Saturday, October 6th
Held at: American Legion Post #66
1560 W. Duval Mine Rd, Green Valley, AZ
5 P.M. – No host bar
6 P.M. – Dinner
7 P.M. – Music & Dancing
$15 per person
Dance the night away with the fabulous Sixties Garage Band!
Spaghetti & meatball dinner with Jen’s Secret Sauce!
Plus a Rockin’ Raffle!
Sixties Garage Band
American Legion Post 66
Download the Flyer for this event
CALL (520) 625-5252 FOR MORE INFO
Community Food Bank SNAP Challenge
September 24 through September 28, 2012
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will sponsor a SNAP Challenge September 24 through September 28, 2012 during which participants will challenge themselves to live on a budget of $4.00 per day or $20.00 for a five days period. $4.00 per person per day is the average amount of SNAP benefits received by those participating in the program.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps helps over a million Arizona households put food on the table.
While this experience cannot give participants a true sense of living in deep or prolonged poverty, it can provide insight into some of the challenges families confront while trying to live on SNAP benefits.
The Community Food Bank SNAP Challenge will host a kickoff shopping trip to Fry’s Food Store at 2001 East Irvington Road (near Campbell and Irvington) on Monday, September 24th at 9:00 AM. The public is invited.
“By participating in the SNAP Challenge we can better understand the difficulties faced every day by thousands of Arizonans who rely on this program to feed their families,” stated Bill Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Go online to www.cfbsnapchallenge.org, to register, receive more information and share your experiences with others. The Snap Challenge is part of Hunger Action Month and elected officials, journalists, Food Bank board members, staff, volunteers, non-profits and community members are invited to participate.
For more information, contact Jessie Baxter at (520) 882-3317.
Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market selected as the Top Farmers’ Market in Arizona
The Community Food Bank’s Santa Cruz River Farmer’s Market was selected as the Top Farmers’ Market in Arizona, followed by the Farmers’ Market at the Community Food Bank in the Top Five list from American Farmland Trust.
Click here to learn more about the Community Food Bank’s award winning Farmers’ Markets.
WHAT: A “How To” Presentation on Rain Water Harvesting
WHEN: Monday, September 17, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Corpus Christi Community Center
300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Rd.
The class is FREE. However. If you wish, a donation of $5.00 or two cans of food for the Community Food Bank, would be appreciated.
Guest Speaker Leona Davis
- how a rainwater harvesting system would work at your home.
- harvesting rainwater in the soil and in storage tanks, the cost, sizing and materials involved in home rainwater systems.
- please bring your questions, experience, and ideas about rainwater harvesting at your house.
Download the flyer for this event
Transitioning into a community that adapts to the desert
Sponsored by the Sacred Spaces Environmental Ministry.
Contact Jo Behrman at 955-4478 for additional information
WHAT: Fast Park’s 5th Annual Canned Food Drive
WHEN: September 3-27
WHERE: Tucson Fast Park & Relax
6970 S. Tucson Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85756
Description: Travelers, drop off your healthy non-perishable food items to help feed our hungry Tucson neighbors at the off-site airport parking facility, FastPark & Relax. Fast Park is matching $1 for every pound you donate!
Download the flyer for this event.