Tucson Food Co-op Round UP

Round UP for the Food Bank

From the Tucson Food Co-op:

“During the month of December, our cashiers will ask you if you want to round up your total purchase to the nearest dollar. We’ll donate the extra change to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Want to give more than just change? Tell us how much and we’ll send that amount to the Food Bank. Best of all, the Food Conspiracy will match the total donations of its shoppers, up to $2,000. ”

412 N 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 624-4821>http://www.foodconspiracy.coop

Salem the Bear’s Annual Food Drive at Club Congress

WHAT: Salem the Bear’s Annual Food Drive
WHERE: Club Congress
WHEN: Sunday, December 30 (5pm-11pm) 

Come donate goods and enjoy a great night of love music. Featuring Chuck Wagon and the Wheels, Micheal P., LeeAnne Savage, Bryan Dean Trio, 8 Minutes to Burn and Top Dead Center.

We will be accepting a $5 donation, equivalent non-perishable food item, personal checks made out to the Community Food Bank or any donation receipt from the Food Bank dated 10/1 or later.

Plus a bonus VW Bus Show, organized by the Tucson Dub Hub, and a 50/50 raffle–half to the Food Bank, half to the winner. (Note: It is customary for the winner to donate winnings back to the Food Bank.)

We have a lofty $2000 goal for this year. With this great line up, we should be able to meet or even beat that goal. Please help us spread the word on this. Invite your friends and co-workers. Heck, invite people you don’t know.

Sponsors this year:
Salem the Bear Productions, KXCI Community Radio, and Club Congress

Novaspace, Dr. Aaron Halle, Chiropractor, Tucson Embedded Systems, Radiant Research, and Catalina Chest Clinic


Sign-up for this event on Facebook  HERE 

More information HERE

Give a Meal. Triple the Difference. Bank of America has partnered with Feeding America.

Give A Meal. Triple the Difference

Little boy eatingFor every $1 you give to Feeding America, Bank of America will match your gift with $2! Together we can make 3 times the difference in the fight against hunger.

In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is an everyday reality that is even harder to bear during the holiday season. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.

More than 200 Feeding America food bank members help provide low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including nearly 14 million children and 3 million seniors. We are able to do so based on the outstanding support of companies like Bank of America, our exclusive partner of Give a Meal during the holiday season, and government programs that help infuse our system with grocery products and financial resources.

It is a result of our national relationship and efficient local distribution system that Feeding America is able to help secure and distribute 8 meals for each dollar donated. This holiday season, Bank of America will match your donation with $2 for every $1 you give. Together, we can make 3 times the difference and help provide 24 meals for each dollar — toward the fight against hunger across the country and in your community.

Give a MealGifts designated to “Your Local Food Bank” will benefit the food bank served by the billing zip code entered by the donor.


*this link will take you off the Community Food Bank’s page and onto Feeding America’s donation page.


Community Food Bank Asking for Canned Vegetable Donations

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona currently distributes over 30,000 food boxes per month to hungry families and needs more canned vegetable donations.

The Food Bank continually needs items such as soup, tomato products, cereal, canned vegetables, macaroni & cheese, rice, macaroni, pinto beans, peanut butter, canned fruit or juice and canned meat.   At this time of the year, the supply of canned vegetables is extremely low.  A semi-truck load of canned vegetables (40,000 units) is used each month for the food boxes and the Food Bank is asking for increased donations of canned vegetables.

Any type of canned vegetables may be donated at the many food drives going on in Tucson at the time of the year.  Donations may also be made at the Winterhaven Festival of Lights from December 15th through December 29th, the Community Food Bank at 3003 S. Country Club Road or at drop off sites throughout the city (locations may be found at www.communityfoodbank.com under “Give Food” or by calling (520) 622-0525).

For more information, contact Eric Hitzeman at (520) 882-3281 or ehitzeman@communityfoodbank.org.

Stuff-the-Bus event on Friday, November 30th, 6am – 6pm

KGUN 9 and Brake Masters have teamed up for a Stuff-the-Bus event on Friday, November 30th, 6am – 6pm at the Brake Masters Kolb and 22nd Street location to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Will you help us help the Community Food Bank feed our hungry neighbors this holiday season by  making a donation? KGUN 9 On Your Side will be on location all day long accepting food and monetary donations.

PLUS – drop off ANY donation at ANY Brake Masters location in Tucson on November 30th and receive $10 off ANY Brake Master service!

With the holiday season fast approaching, the Community Food Bank is entering its busiest time of year, a time when the food bank struggles to make sure every person and family in need receives a meal. KGUN 9 and Brake Masters want to help.

We will be collecting non-perishable food items with our Stuff-the-Bus event, a community-giving opportunity to fill an entire bus with non-perishable items to restock the Community Food Bank on November 30th, 6am-6pm. For this one day only, help us help those in need and receive $10 off any service at Brake Masters!

Because the Food Bank is experiencing a 10% increase in demand by hungry Southern Arizona families, we are asking you to come out to Brake Masters at 22nd and Kolb on Friday, November 30th to drop off donations, especially nonperishable food items like canned meats, soups, yams, pie fillings, vegetables, stuffing mix and peanut butter.

WHAT: Stuff the Bus Food Drive
WHERE: Brake Masters Kolb and 22nd Street
November 30th 6am-6pm

Caridad Community Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program Graduated Its Second Class on November 16, 2012


Caridad Community Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program
Graduated Its Second Class on November 16, 2012

Caridad Community Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program graduated its second class of seven students on Friday, November 16, 2012.  The ceremony concluded with a banquet prepared by the graduating students and served to family and friends.  The students are:

Dana J. Spradley                                                         Karen Dahl

Kenneth W. Mizelle                                                    Dwayne Gibson

Mary Ann Smith                                                          Damien R. Calderon

Leonard E. Redmond

Students began the training program on September 10th 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.  Caridad currently provides 14,000 meals per month to members of our community at several congregate feeding sites in Tucson.

Congratulations to two graduates of Caridad’s first Culinary Class.  Steven Noriega has been employed by the Olive Garden in the Tucson Mall and Fred Fisher is employed by Boca’s Tacos.

Caridad Community Kitchen is located at 845 North Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705 (at the SW corner of Main and 2nd Street). It is known as the Father Joseph W. Baker building.

For more information, contact Chef Jon Wirtis at (520) 882-5641 or Debbie Purdon at (520) 603-2882.

NRG Blends Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k Food Drive

5-7pm Tuesday November 20th, 2012

From NRG Blends:

Join the team from NRG Blends between 5-7pm on Tuesday Nov. 20th. There will be lots of great energetic music pumping from our brand new store located right off 6th Street! We will be giving away delicious pre and post workout smoothie blends before and after the run as well.

The very laid back 5K fun run and walk with begin at 5:00pm
We will be handing out FREE SAMPLES of our pre-workout smoothie blends for you to enjoy before the run. We will also be handing out FREE SAMPLES of our post-workout smoothie blends for you to enjoy once you have finished the 5K!MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
Between 5-7pm, NRG Blends will be giving out FREE SMOOTHIES to anyone who donates 6 non perishable food items. We are also collecting dollar bills as for each $1 donation the food bank can distribute almost $9 worth of food!!! Any donation of $5 or more will also receive a free smoothie.
We are partnering with “Emeritus at Tucson Senior Living Stuff the Bus Food Drive” Join the fun and be a part of this community get together here in Tucson, AZ. All food donated and collected will go to “The Community Foodbank of Southern Arizona.”WHAT TO DONATE:
The Community Foodbank of Southern Arizona desperately needs the following items:
Pasta, Bottled Water, Frozen Turkey, Boxed Cereal, (Canned: soups, tuna, meats, tomatoes, veggies, fruit), and whatever else you may have in your pantry.
Remember with each $1 donated the Community Food Bank can distribute almost $9 worth of food
All donations will go to The Community Foodbank of Southern Arizona.NRG Blends: Smoothies and Supplements
1122 E. 6th Street Tucson, AZ 85719
Edward Prchal (Owner) 480-695-6673


Allegro School of Music to Hold Benefit Concerts

Sunday, Dec. 16th, 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.

Food donations will also be accepted from Dec 1st through Dec 21st at Allegro School of Music (4641 N 1st Ave #5) during school business hours Monday – Friday 12:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Allegro School of Music is Tucson’s largest music school, offering quality music lessons in Guitar, Piano, Voice, Violin, and Drums to over 375 Tucson music students of all ages.

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

5th Annual Victory Court Christmas Light Show

5th Annual Victory Court Christmas Light Show

Take Coachline Rd two blocks north of Twin Peaks, turn right on Colony park and take the next two lefts. Multiple houses connected by more than 50,000 LEDs, synchronized to music that you can tune into through your car radio. People come from all over the state to watch the amazing display!

Bring non-perishable food items for the Marana Community Food Bank.

November 24th through Christmas

Ray of Hope Band Holiday Benefit Concert in support of the Marana Community Food Bank

Ray of Hope Band Holiday Benefit Concert in support of the Marana Community Food Bank

It’s a free concert at Rock ‘N’ Java Coffeehouse at 7555 W. Twin Peaks Rd. Tucson, AZ 85743

All donations and $5 from each sale of ROH CDs will go to support the Marana Community Food Bank

Non-perishable food items will be gladly accepted

December 1st, 2012, 7:30pm-10:30pm

For more information visit www.rocknjava.tv or www.rayofhopeband.com