UA’s Spring Fling 2013 Food Drive to Benefit Community Food Bank

The University of Arizona’s Spring Fling 2013 Food Drive will again benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona on Friday, April 12th.  The partnership with Spring Fling is part of the campus-wide UA4Food drive that brings together faculty, staff and students to raise money and food for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  Spring Fling 2013 takes place at Rillito Downs (North 1st Avenue and River Road).

UA Spring Fling is the largest student-run carnival in the nation.  It raises money for student clubs, organizations, events, and service work, while also benefiting the Tucson Community.  This year Spring Fling will aid the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Child Nutrition Programs and The Emergency Food Assistance Program that distributes over 31,000 food boxes per month.

Attendees at this year’s Spring Fling on Friday, April 12th can combine fun and philanthropy.  A donation of four (4) cans of food will reduce their Spring Fling wrist-band purchase by $5.00 (good for all rides that day).

“Spring Fling strives to demonstrate its commitment through our partnership with the Community

Food Bank of Southern Arizona,” said Jared Young, Executive Director of Spring Fling.  “We are proud to continue our support for those in need within our community.  We feel we have a responsibility to positively impact more than just the one square mile of the University of Arizona campus.”

UA4Food is a program of the Office of Community Relations and is supported by the Marshall Foundation.

For more information, contact Jared Young, Spring Fling Director at (520) 621-5610.

Arizona Gives Day!


The Community Food Bank is one of the expected 500 nonprofit organizations to participate in in Arizona Gives Day, an online fundraising initiative, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 20. Presented by First Bank, Arizona Gives Day is a 24-hour online fundraiser aimed at bringing together communities across the state, to raise awareness and financial support for a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona. Arizonans are encouraged to help make a difference by investing in the nonprofit of their choice.


From midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., supporters of the Community Food Bank can go on to  and show their support by selecting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to receive the  charitable contribution. All online donations during this effort will go directly to ensure the people of Southern Arizona have access to nutritious food and programs they need.

For more information, visit or call 520-622-0525.


UA4Food 2013

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Tucson:  For the ninth consecutive year, UA4Food will combine the efforts of University of Arizona students, faculty and staff to fight hunger.  Proceeds from this year’s UA4Food Drive will benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Child Nutrition Programs and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).  A staggering 50,000 children are living below poverty level in Pima County. According to Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie, “The UA4Food project has made a huge impact on our efforts to reach hungry children in Pima County.  We are deeply grateful for the University’s assistance in this battle.”

The UA4Food Drive is a program of The University of Arizona Office of Community Relations and is supported by the Marshall Foundation.  Detailed information is available at

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Various organizations on campus will conduct individual food drives throughout the school year.  Organizations and dates for the food drives follow:

  • UA4Food Faculty and Staff Drive – March 11– April 3, 2013 – Check the UA4Food Web site for participating departments and ambassadors.  Give easily and securely through the Community Food Bank’s virtual giving center at

Contacts:  Sheila McGinnis at 626-4671 or Lou Medran at 449-8340.

  • Staff Advisory Council “Stuff the CatTran” – Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 7:00 AM to 7 PM – At the CatTran Passenger Drop Off Zone at Cherry & University.

Participate in the fourth annual “Stuff the CatTran” event organized by the Staff Advisory Council, Parking & Transportation Services and UA Community Relations.  Community members are also encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items.  Cash contributions will be accepted.  Drive up drop off will be available.

Contact: Claudia Arias at (520) 621-2546.

  • Spring Fling 2012 Food DriveApril 12, 2013, 3:30 – 10:30 PM – Combine fun with philanthropy! Receive $5.00 off your Spring Fling wrist band purchase with a donation of four (4) cans of food.

Contact:  Jared Young at 621-5610.

Web site:

 Thank you so much University of Arizona and everyone who helps fight hunger in our community. 

TRICO Power Cooperative Makes $5,000 Power Grant Donation to Marana Community Food Bank for Peanut Butter

The Marana Community Food Bank has announced that it received a $5,000 TRICO Electric Cooperative Power Grant.  The grant has been used to purchase peanut butter with help from the Fry’s Food Store # 689 at Tangerine and Thornydale.

The Marana Food Bank has seen an increase in demand for food assistance, while the amount of food available for distribution is decreasing.  Recent holiday food drive donations decreased by 40% over the same time last year. The cost of purchasing food, due to poor weather conditions in the South, has increased the price of peanut butter dramatically.

Each family food box distributed at the Marana Community Food Bank includes two jars of peanut butter per month.  “Most children like peanut butter and it’s a good source of protein for lunches and after school snacks,” commented Linda Hampton, Food Bank Executive Director.  “This help from TRICO Electric Cooperative could not have come at a better time to replenish our peanut butter supplies.”

The Marana Community Food Bank is a branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and serves more than 2,300 families monthly in the areas of Marana, Rillito, Avra Valley, Oro Valley and northwest Tucson.  It is located at 11734 W. Grier Road, Marana, Arizona 85653

For information about receiving food assistance from the Marana Food Bank, call (520) 682-3001.


left to right are Vicki Sibley, Fry’s Food Store #689 manager, Linda Hampton, Marana Community Food Bank Executive Director and Romi Carrell Wittman, Director of Communications TRICO Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

Curves “Feed the Need” Food Drive Kicks Off on March 11

Curves offers $0 joining fee to new members who contribute toward 100,000 donation goal; children’s charity “Blessings in a Backpack” will benefit when goal is met


Tucson, AZ (Grassroots Newswire) March 8, 2013 – Curves International announces its 15th Annual Food Drive, “Feed the Need,” and challenges Curves’ club members in the U.S. and Canada to meet a 100,000 donation goal during the two week period of March 11 – March 23. Each club, including Curves of Tucson and Oro Valley are asking its members to donate bags of non-perishable food or cash to support their local community food bank. In addition, Curves will waive the joining fee for new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable food or donate $30 to the Tucson Community Food Bank during the two week period.*

When combined donations from all Curves clubs reach the 100,000 donation goal, Curves International will donate 10% of their March 2013 profits to “Blessings in a Backpack,” a non-profit organization that ensures that impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends throughout the school year.

“This year’s theme, ‘Feed the Need,’ really represents both what we want to accomplish with this year’s food drive and what we do as a business,” said Megg Giufurta, owner of Curves 22nd & Kolb. “We want to help feed local families and school children who would otherwise go hungry on the weekends – and we also want to ‘feed the need’ of local women for a health and fitness program that fits their busy lifestyle.”

Total contributions to local food banks from the annual Curves Food Drive top 75,000,000 pounds of food, according to Curves Vice President of Marketing Mike Raymond. “Each year, we encourage our clubs and members to donate even more than the year before. Our annual Food Drive is a great way for members and their communities to fill a real need by restocking the shelves in local food pantries across the U.S. and Canada during a time when they are usually low.”

For more information about Curves and the 2013 Curves Food Drive, contact a Curves club near you at For more information about Curves, please visit

* Offer based on first visit enrollment, minimum 12 month e.f.t. program or joining Curves Complete. New members only. Not valid with any other offer. Valid only at participating locations through 3.23.13. © 2013 Curves International, Inc.

About Curves
Curves is the largest fitness franchise in the world, helping women in over 90 countries lead healthier lives. The company was founded in 1993 by Gary and Diane Heavin, who saw an opportunity to provide a fast, affordable workout for women in an industry that had often focused primarily on the needs of men. Since then, the company has continued to innovate, most recently with the launch of Curves Complete, an integrated program that combines exercise, meal plans, and one-on-one coaching for more effective weight loss. For more information, please visit

About Blessings in a Backpack
Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 C (3) non-profit organization currently feeding nearly 61,000+ children in the U.S. and Canada and two other countries. The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnerships carried out in public schools. For more information about Blessings in a Backpack, please visit

Quilt Raffle 2013


Don’t miss your chance to win a handmade Amish quilt! This year’s quilt features the Heart of Rose pattern coordinated with blue fabric with scalloped edges. This appliqued quilt was hand quilted by an Amish woman from Pennsylvania Dutch Country. This king-sized quilt is perfect for any bedroom in your home.

Proceeds from last year’s quilt raffle totaled over $100,000 which allowed us to provide enough groceries for over 429,000 meals. Hungry families will be able to sit down for a healthy meal because of your gift.

Tickets are not available after April 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

No donation is necessary to participate. There is a suggested minimum donation of $10.00 per ticket. Your donation to the quilt raffle is fully tax-deductible. To participate without making a donation please call (520) 622-0525.

The drawing will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. There is no need to be present at the drawing to win; the winner will be contacted by phone.

Every dollar you send between March 1 and April 30, 2013 will be eligible for a partial match by the Feinstein Foundation!  Learn more about the Feinstein Challenge.

Congratulations to this year’s Quilt Winner [Pictured Center]!



Community Food Bank Adds New Member to its Board of Directors

NewBoardMember_032013The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has announced that a new member has been added to its Board of Directors.  Lauryn Bianco was elected to the Board at the January 25, 2013 meeting and will serve a three year term.

Ms. Bianco is the Network Development Coordinator for Community Partners of Southern Arizona.  In this role, she coordinates special projects, writes grants and works on new program development.  Prior to that, Ms. Bianco was a case manager for the Department of Economic Security.  She received a BA from SUNY Fredonia with a major in English and two minors in Dance and Women’s Studies.  Ms. Bianco earned a Master’s Degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Arizona.

“As someone who has worked in human services for the last five years in Tucson, I believe the Community Food Bank is a cornerstone for the community,” said Ms. Bianco.  “The Food Bank’s dedication to individuals and families is crucial for the health and wellness of Southern Arizona.”

“The Community Food Bank is pleased to have Lauryn join the Board of Directors,” remarked Bill Carnegie, Food Bank President/CEO.  “She will bring a unique perspective to the Board and help guide the future direction of the organization.”

Founded in 1976, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona provides food for people in need, advocacy and nutrition education throughout Southern Arizona including Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima and Santa Cruz Counties. The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is a member of Feeding America.