Feinstein Challenge to Match Gifts from March 1 to April 30, 2013

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Donations of cash and food made between March 1 and April 30, 2013 to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, its four branch banks and Caridad Community Kitchen are eligible for the Feinstein Challenge.  During this nationwide challenge, the Rhode Island-based Feinstein Foundation will provide a partial match for every dollar raised or pound of food donated.

For the 16th consecutive year, $1 million will be divided among hunger-fighting agencies nationwide, including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

The Feinstein Foundation was founded by Alan Shawn Feinstein and is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood.

“This is a great opportunity for local communities to come together and have their contributions of food and dollars matched by the Feinstein Challenge to benefit local families in need,” said Bill Carnegie, Food Bank President/CEO.  “These donations are needed now more than ever.”

To make donations eligible for the Feinstein Challenge, they must be received by the Community Food Bank between March 1 and April 30, 2013.  Donations may be made online or by calling Liz Westrick at (520) 882-3296.

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March is “Start Your Garden Month” at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market



Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

Upcoming Events & Activities: 

March is “Start Your Garden Month”

at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

March is “Start Your Garden Month” at the Santa Cruz River Famers’ Market and there will be many activities during the month to help you start planting.  Many vendors and activities at the Market in March will have resources, information and material to help you start a garden.  Seedlings, gardening materials and information about free gardening classes will be available every Thursday.  The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is located in the Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida Del Convento near the corner of Congress and Grande.  It is held each Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.


March 7th – Bonnie Wolf, Child Nutrition Education Coordinator will demonstrate how to cook seasonal produce that is available at the Market.  She will also have children’s coloring exercises, puzzles and nutrition information.  The Community Food Bank Garden team will also host a SEED EXCHANGE.  Bring your garden seeds to swap and let the team share their expertise about organic desert gardening.

March 14th – Chef Robert Oser will conduct a demonstration of cooking healthy vegetarian recipes.  Rob is a retired natural foods chef and uses items available at the Market.

March 21st – “Story Time” with Paula Maez from the Pima County Library will read an age appropriate book about vegetables, farms and farmers’ markets.

March 28th – Lady Bug release and beneficial insects demonstration by Arbico Organics. See how bugs can benefit your garden with natural products for gardeners and growers.


Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market hours:

Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. October-April
Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento
West of I-10 at Congress and Grande (View Larger Map)

 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.

Learn More about the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

Sam Levitz 60th Anniversary to Benefit the Community Food Bank


Sam Levitz Furniture is celebrating their 60th Anniversary!

As part of  their 60th Anniversary celebration,
Sam Levitz Furniture will donate funds for every purchase to help the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

$20 for every purchase over $2,000. $10 for every purchase over $1,000 and $5 for every other purchase during the Anniversary Sale.

Help Sam Levitz reach their goal of raising $20,000 to help hungry families in our community!



Daniel’s Moving and Storage Food Drive

moveforhungerMost people think about hunger around the holiday season, but what about all the other months of the year? Often the food banks shelves are cleared out during the holiday season and in need of replenishment the months following.

That’s why on March 2nd, Daniel’s Moving and Storage, and agent of Atlas Van Lines, along with members of the community will be set up in the parking lot of Safeway grocery store located at 1940 East Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ between 9am to 2pm, to collect food donations for those in need.

Daniel’s Moving and Storage has one goal for the afternoon: Collect food donations to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

With one in every four children in Arizona at risk of hunger every day, this drive will provide direct relief to Tucson residents that are struggling to find their next meal.

All members of the community are invited to come by and support Daniel’s efforts to collect food to benefit those in need. While all food donations are welcome, the most needed items are canned vegetables, fruits, meat and tuna, rice, beans, pasta and peanut butter.

“It’s just amazing to see how dedicated our moving partners are,” says Adam Lowy, Executive Director of Move For Hunger. “We are so excited for Daniel’s upcoming food drive and can’t wait to see the outcome.”

“Good Vibrations and Food Donations” a Sixties Dance to Benefit the Marana Community Food Bank

The Marana Community Food Bank is presenting an evening of reminiscing and fun
on Saturday April 6, 2013
at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse in Dove Mountain.

Good Vibrations

photo booth           silent auction          cash bar           raffle prizes

Printable Flyer

Printable Registration Sheet

Generously sponsored by

Good Vibrations – Food Donations
is a return to the 60s dance featuring the Sixties Garage Band

Your participation will ensure that the Marana Community Food Bank
can continue its work in meeting the food needs of the hungry in
Marana, Picture Rocks, Avra Valley and northwest Tucson.

This year’s silent auction and raffle include a tantalizing array of art, jewelry, restaurant gift cards and other surprises including A WEEKEND FOR TWO AT THE RITZ-CARLTON WITH DINNER AND SPA TREATMENTS!

Time: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
4949B W. Heritage Club Blvd.
Marana, AZ 85658
United States

Food bank is asking for donations of plastic crates

The food bank is looking for donations of plastic crates (Size: 19x13x11).


If you know of a business, organization or person who can donate some please give Jacob Coldsmith a call at (520)-882-3288.

Arizona laws concerning plastic crates are very strict. Please call first to confirm we can legally accept your donation.

Crates without logos are preferred for this reason. Please call more info. Thank you!



Write-a-Will Workshops 2013


Why a Will?


A will can help you voice your values and wishes, and ensure they are respected. It also will alleviate your family of the burden of trying to guess your final wishes, and prevent the confusion that can result when there is no will.


Write-a-Will Workshops

Join us for a free workshop with a top estate planning attorney!
The Community Food Bank is offering you free workshops on updating and creating your will. Don’t miss this opportunity!


2013 Workshops


Thursday, March 21
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Jeremy Sohn

The Highlands
at Dove Mountain
4949 W. Heritage Club
Marana, AZ

Tuesday, April 2
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Tim Olcott

BBVA Compass
81 W. Esperanza Blvd
Green Valley, AZ

Thursday, May 2
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Spilotoro

Northern Trust
6444 E. Tanque Verde
Tucson, AZ




To reserve your space, RSVP by calling Trudie Beestrum at (520) 622-0525 ext. 268

Farmers’ Market Activities this February


Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

Upcoming Events & Activities: 

During the month of February the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will have some great cooking demonstrations and activities for the kids. Shop Local and Support the Community Food Bank!  Find fresh, sustainably grown foods while supporting local farmers and producers.



February 7:  Cooking Demonstration with Chef Lilly!  Bonnie from the Child Nutrition Program will have kids’ activities.

February 14:  Zumba for Kids, 4-5 pm!  Cooking Demonstration with Chef Rob.

February 21:  Story Time with the Pima County Library, 4-5 pm. Cooking Demonstration and Kids’ Activities with Bonnie.

February 28:  YOGA 4 YOUTH with Lori, 4-5 pm.

Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market hours:

Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. October-April
Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento
West of I-10 at Congress and Grande (View Larger Map)

Learn More About the Santa Cruz Farmers’ Markets HERE.


Shred-a-thon at El Con Mall

May 18th SACEA (So. AZ. Chapter of Enrolled Agents) host Shred-a-thon at El Con Mall.

The Community Food Bank will participate with a food drive and donations table.


Fry’s Alphabet Soup Food Drive


Fry’s Food Stores is teaming up to fight hunger from A to Z
with the Alphabet Soup Food Drive!

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Fry’s Food Stores are asking customers to make a difference by dropping off non-perishable food items and making monetary donations during the month of February at any one of the 119 Fry’s locations around Arizona.

Each Tuesday of the drive, we will be live on location with KVOA at various Fry’s stores for Souper Tuesdays!

MostNeeded_FrysAny gift you make means the world to our neighbors in need.



 Tues. Feb. 5
Fry’s Store #19: 3920 E. Grant Rd. Tucson, AZ 85712 (Grant & Alvernon)

Tues. Feb. 12
Store #131: 2480 N. Swan Rd. Tucson, AZ 85712 (Grant & Swan)

Tues. Feb. 19
Store #119: 902 W. Irvington Tucson, AZ 85714 (I-19 & Irvington)

Tues. Feb. 26
Store #58: 2001 E. Irvington Rd. Tucson AZ 85714 (Irvington & Campbell)