Community Food Bank Announces $98,107 USDA Grant to Increase Local Foods for Eligible Schools On December 17, 2012

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona announced at a press conference on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM that it had received a $98,107 USDA grant to increase local food for eligible schools . The event took place at the Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Road, Tucson, Arizona 85713.  The Food Bank will partner with eleven schools in the Tucson Unified School District and one school in the San Xavier District to continue to bring local, healthy foods to their cafeterias.

Bill Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and representative of the USDA made the joint announcement. Also on hand were a representative from Congressman Raul Grijalva’s office, Tucson Mayor, Jonathan Rothschild and a representative from Pima County Board of Supervisor Richard Elias’s office.

Laura Dent from Council Member Regina Romero’s office, a representative from Council Member Paul Cunningham’s office and Molly Thrasher from Council Member Steve Kozachik’s office attended the press conference.

Also scheduled to attend were Shirley Sokol and Lindsay Aguilar from Tucson Unified School District Food Services and Cie’na Schlaefli, San Xavier Mission Cooperative and Shirley Kalinowski, Principal of San Xavier Mission School.

These first–ever USDA Farm to School Grants will help schools respond to the growing demand for locally sourced foods and increase market opportunities for producers and food businesses, including food processors, manufacturers and distributors.

Of the 68 projects funded by the USDA, the Community Food Bank was the only awardee in Arizona and the only food bank nationwide to receive a grant.

Photo and interview opportunities were available following the announcement

For more information, contact Robert Ojeda at (520) 882-3309.

Sweet Tomatoes Gives Back to Local Food Bank


Sweet Tomatoes - Community Food Bank


It’s Better to Give AND Receive this December at Sweet Tomatoes. It’s your chance to give back to your local food banks. Bring in your canned food donation and help those in need in our local communities and receive 20% off at Sweet Tomatoes during the month of December.  Canned food donations will be donated to the Community Food Bank. (Not valid with other offers or on gift cards)

For more information contact:

Tracy Marks
Public Relations & Social Media
Souplantation/ Sweet Tomatoes
(858) 675-1684 x 1413


ACTION ALERT: Protect the Work of Charities in Any Fiscal Cliff Deal

This information was provided by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Now on the verge of reaching a deal on avoiding the “fiscal cliff,” the President and House Speaker reportedly have agreed to impose new limits to the charitable giving incentive as part of their package. Unless they receive a huge groundswell of opposition immediately, the ability of charitable nonprofits – everything from churches and synagogues to local food banks, cultural groups, Girl Scouts, and United Ways – to raise the funds they need to serve others may be sharply curbed for many years to come.


Call the White House right now (202-456-1111) and give the operator this message for the President:

The President’s limit on charitable deductions hurts front line nonprofits serving people in need. Don’t hurt the helpers. Don’t limit charitable deductions!

Give your name, City and State, and tell what the charitable deduction means to the work you do or the services you rely on.


Forward this message to everyone you know who cares about the work of your nonprofit, the services you provide, and the people you serve.

The White House Comment Line operates from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EASTERN. Call now and forward this message.

Go to or for more information about the threat to the charitable giving incentive and what you can do.

Copyright © 2012 Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, All rights reserved.

Community Food Bank Facing a $400,000 Shortfall in Monetary Donations

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is facing a $400,000 shortfall in monetary donations for the month of November 2012.  This places the Food Bank in a critical position for December and following months.

“Unfortunately, this year our donations are less than we received last year”, said Bill Carnegie, Food Bank President/CEO.  “In addition to this shortfall, we are seeing an increase of 10% in the demand of food boxes.  It’s a difficult situation and we hope the community can help,” Carnegie added.

For every $1.00 donated, the Community Food Bank can distribute nearly $9.00 worth of food.

Those wishing to help with monetary donations may make a secure online donation:

Donations may also be made by calling (520) 882-3296.

Give to the Community Food Bank and receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit, available to those who itemize, up to $200 for a single filer and up to $400 for joint filers.

For more information, contact Dan Walters at (520) 882-3278.

Mr. An’s Turkey Drive Aims Higher this Year

The holidays in Tucson wouldn’t be the same without Mr An’s annual Turkey drive for the Community Food Bank.  Beginning at 8am on Friday, December 14th, Mr An and friends will be outside the front of Mr An’s on Oracle at 6091 N Oracle Road, throughout the day, inspiring everyone to stop in, drop off their turkey, ham or cash donations.  Cash donations are best – the Food Bank’s wholesale purchasing helps stretch each dollar a long way.

Vowing to beat last year’s take  Mr. An,  along with KOLD and Nova Financial at 1650 E. River Road, #108,  will once again pull out all the stops and do whatever it takes to reach his goal in providing turkeys for Tucson’s neediest families.  The goal this year is to provide holiday meals for 20,000 people.


Social Media Blitz to Protect Hungry Families

We need your voice! Become a social media advocate for the hungry!  Our clients have no powerful lobbyists to help them, so it is up to us – everyday people who care about feeding the hungry- to try and protect them from devastating cuts. The potential loss of SNAP benefits and funding cuts in TEFAP will have a huge impact on us as an organization and our clients.

Feeding America is launching a two-week social media blitz, focusing on the White House this week and on Congressional Leaders next week.  The goal of the campaign is to generate a high volume of Twitter messages targeted at the five key negotiators in deficit reduction talks. This effort will be supported by Facebook posts to raise awareness about the issue and our social media campaign.


Step 1: Follow local & national hunger advocates on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter: @foodbanktucson FOLLOW US | FOLLOW FEEDING AMERICA

Step 2: Post a message (or repost a message) regarding how you support protecting hungry families; to your representatives, congress, and friends/followers  

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email

Hash Tags to Use (all posts must use at least one) 


Bonus Hash Tags 


Who-to-tweet calender. Twitter Handles to Use (all posts must use)


Thurs Dec 6: @WhiteHouse

Fri Dec 7: @WhiteHouse

Tues Dec 11: @SpeakerBoehner

Weds Dec 12: @SenatorReid

Thurs Dec 13: @NancyPelosi

Fri Dec 14: @McConnellPress

Sample tweet:
Tell @WhiteHouse 2 protect hungry families in debt deal. 76% of #SNAP households include child, senior, or disabled. #SNAPworks PlsRT

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2012 Punch Woods Endowment Grants Awarded to Four Local Organization

2012 Punch Woods Endowment Grants
Awarded to Four Local Organization


Tucson:  Four local organizations are recipients of the 2012 Punch Woods Endowment Grants.  The awardees are:

Baja Arizona Sustainable Agriculture – $3,000

Grant will be used to establish the Amigos Farming Education and Resource Center as a tool and seed library, where they will provide farming and gardening information for the community of Double Adobe and surrounding areas. 

International Rescue Committee in Tucson – $3,000

Grant will be used to strengthen and expand community gardening among refugees who are building new lives here in Southern Arizona.

 La Frontera Center – $3,000

Grant will be used to repair established garden sites and increase the ability of community members living with mental health issues to make healthy choices related to diet.

 Tucson Waldorf School – $3,000

Grant will be used to add a fruit tree orchard and perennial herb garden to already existing vegetable farm, as well as incorporate a community composting program.

The purpose of the Punch Woods Endowment is dedicated and limited to supporting community food security programs, which is defined as the state in which persons obtain a nutritionally adequate, culturally acceptable diet through local non-emergency sources.  Food security programs build strong, sustainable, local food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to all people at all times.  This includes physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet their dietary needs for a productive and healthy life.

For more information concerning the Punch Woods Endowment Grants please contact Sio Castillo at (520) 882-3308.

Shop Local for the Holidays Dec 13

Community Food Bank’s Santa Cruz River Famers’ Market
Hosts “Shop Local for the Holidays” on December 13th


The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will host “Shop Local for the Holidays” on Thursday December 13, 2012 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  The Market is located in the Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida del Convento (near the corner of Congress and Grande).

The “Shop Local” event will feature handmade crafts and food samples from Iskashitaa Refugee Network.  Iskashitaa Refugee Network is a grass roots organization that helps rebuild refugee lives through partnerships with volunteers and local organizations.  Staff and volunteers unite refugees and the community through unique programs designed to empower the refugees.

Also available for sale will be local honey, jams & jellies, mesquite flour, homemade pies, salsas and soups.

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and accepts SNAP (food stamps), WIC vouchers, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, as well as credit and debit cards.

For more information, contact Nadia Delgado at (520) 882-3313 or log onto

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