Allegro School of Music to Hold Benefit Concerts and Food Drive

Sunday, May. 19th, 2013, 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 in Centennial Hall  from 11 a.m. to 8 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.

Allegro School of Music is Tucson’s largest music school, offering quality music lessons in Guitar, Piano, Voice, Violin, and Drums to over 400 Tucson music students of all ages.

For more information, contact the school at 670-9162 or visit

MDA Sets Up Collection Point To Aid Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Muscular Dystrophy Association headquarters will be a food collection point in assisting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Through May 20,Southern Arizona residents may drop off non-perishable items at the MDA main lobby (3300 E. Sunrise Drive) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The products most needed include: peanut butter, cereal, canned soups, canned meats, canned tomato products, canned fruits and canned vegetables.

The Food Bank does not accept glass containers or pre-opened items. All jars must be plastic.

The Community Food Bank program provides services to eligible applicants without regard to gender, race, religion, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation or political beliefs.

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MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research.
The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

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National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive

NALC_201321ST Annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive to Benefit the Community Food Bank

For the 21st consecutive year the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will team up to collect donations on Saturday, May 11, 2013 for the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.  This is Southern Arizona’s largest single day food drive.

“The 2013 Letter Carriers Food Drive is more important than ever,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO.  “Our food donations are down this year and we need our community to step forward and make this year’s food drive an enormous success.”

To help “Stamp Out Hunger” in Southern Arizona, residents are asked leave a bag of non-perishable food, such as canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit or canned tomato products next to their mail box before the time of their mail delivery on Saturday, May 11th.   Food should be in non-breakable containers.  Letter carriers and volunteers will collect the food donations and forward them to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.


  1. Collect & bag non-perishable food items*. (See our Most Need Items)
  2. Place by mailbox for your letter carrier to deliver to your local food bank.

Monetary donations will be accepted for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive and on-line donations may be made as well:

For further information, contact the NALC Branch #704 at (520) 323-2117 or Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287.

*Items to avoid:
-Items in glass containers (Glass can break in transit and endanger our volunteers/staff)
-Items that will melt or perish in the heat:
(No chocolate, candy, fresh produce, frozen or refrigerated items)
-Soda/beverages and Non-food items


Stuart Love, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 704 with Bill Carnegie standing in front of 495,000 bags which will be used for the Letter Carriers Drive this year.

Marana Community Food Bank Announces New Advisory Board Member, Susan Barrable

The Marana Community Food Bank has elected a new member to its advisory board.  She is Susan Barrable who was elected to join seven other community leaders earlier this year. The Board advises the Executive Director in fund raising matters, community relations, solicitation of volunteers and other duties.  They play an important role in preserving the mission and vision of a healthy hunger-free community.

Ms. Barrable brings a wealth of experience in business and fundraising to the Marana Food Bank and has been a volunteer for nearly three years.  “Susan has compassion for people we serve and a strong desire to be of service,” remarked Linda Hampton, Food Bank Executive Director. “We are fortunate to have her join our board.”

The Marana Community Food Bank is a branch of the Community Food Bank of Sothern 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 the Third Consecutive Year Community Food Bank Named One of the 2013 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For by the Nonprofit Times

The NonProfit Times, for the third consecutive year, has named the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona as one of the 2013 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in the United States.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is the only food bank to appear on the 2013 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For.

As in past years, the 2013 survey begins with a questionnaire sent to employers to gather information about policies and practices followed by an employee survey that consisted of approximately 72 statements to which employees responded using a five point agreement scale.  The combined scores determined the final rankings. The complete rankings are included In the April 2013 NonProfit Times and may be viewed at

“I’m very proud that the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has received the designation as one of the Top 50 Nonprofits to Work for in the United States for the third year in a row,” said Bill Carnegie, Food Bank CEO.  “This award demonstrates the continued commitment of our staff and the work they do to fulfill our mission.  Out of 2 million nonprofits in the U.S., we are honored to be in the Top 50.”

For additional information, contact Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287.


Fines for Food

Got Fines? Give Food!


From April 14 to April 20, 2013, all customers with library fines are eligible for fine waivers. For every non-perishable food item donated, $1 in fines will be waived, to a maximum of $10. All donations will be given to the Community Food Bank or its branches.

Only overdue fines will be waived. Customers are responsible for all other fines and fees. All donations will be given to the Community Food Bank.

All locations are participating. Take food items along with your library card (s) to a customer service desk so that your fine(s) will be cleared. Library customers are encouraged to donate food at any location of the Pima County Public Library if they so desire. Food donations should be placed in collection bins located near the service desk.

In 2012, Food for Fines generated 10,533 food items for the Community Food Bank.

Food for Fines is held during National Library Week, which began in 1958 and is sponsored by the American Library Association. It celebrates the contributions of our nation’s libraries and promotes library use.

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Volunteers Needed for National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive On May 11, 2013

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The National Association of Letter Carriers and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are teaming up for the 21st Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive on Saturday, May 11, 2013.  This is Southern Arizona’s largest single day food drive and volunteers are needed to help unload the food at post offices throughout Tucson.

The largest food drive demands an equally large volunteer force. We need volunteers to help us unload the trucks full of food when they arrive at the post office on Saturday, May 11th from 12-6 p.m. Groups and individuals welcome. Sort food at our main warehouse after the Letter Carrier Food Drive. Especially weekdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Community Food Bank Volunteer Services Department at (520) 882-3292 or


Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Music Festival Set for April 20th and 21st at Kief-Joshua Vineyards

A Portion of the Proceeds to Benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Tucson, AZ.—Kief-Joshua Vineyards, The Second Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 18 Arizona Wineries in one location, is slated for April 20th and 21st, from 11 am to 5 pm at Kief-Joshua Vineyards in beautiful Elgin, Arizona.

The day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great food, a professional chili cook-off and live music by Jeordie, daughter of 60’s pop star Melanie.

“We are once again bringing together winemakers from every wine region within Arizona,” states winemaker and host Kief Manning.  “The day will provide the perfect opportunity to experience Arizona wines at one location.”

On Saturday, the non-profit Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) hosts a professional Chili cook-off.   Guests can taste the winning chili with proceeds benefitting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

In addition to wine tasting, Chef Stephen and Tommy DiMaggio’s “On the Road” Café will be on site selling chicken wings, pulled pork sandwiches, sirloin steaks and much more for your enjoyment. The food dishes will cost $8 to $10.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit or call (520) 455-5582

Media Contact: Charlene Manning
Kief-Joshua Vineyards, President

Free Comic Book Day!

All proceeds will benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Food and cash donations welcomed.
Saturday, May 4th
10:00AM – 5:00PM

Charlie’s Comic Books
5460 E. Speedway Blvd. #103
Tucson, AZ 85712

(520) 320-0279

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Dorado Women’s Golf Association donates the proceeds from their golf tournament for the fifth year


Barbara Nelson, the president of The Dorado Women’s Golf Association presented a check for $2,300 to Mr. Jack Parris of the Community Food Bank. The money was raised during the annual Guys and Dolls Tournament and is eligible for matching funds from the Feinstein Foundation. Seventy-eight golfers and 18 sponsors from our local community participated to make the affair enjoyable and profitable.

This is the fifth year the DWGA has contribute its profits to the Food Bank.

Thanks to everyone for participating and fighting hunger!