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.