The Hunger Gap Conference


At food banks across the country, lines are getting longer and the need for food assistance is on the rise. According to the USDA, more than 50 million people in the U.S. are in a state of food insecurity.

And while hunger relief organizations extend their reach to meet the growing need, poverty rates continue to climb and the strain on assistance programs grows. As anti-hunger organizations all over the country are stretched thinner, many have begun to ask some tough questions: Can we adequately meet the growing need?  What are the long-term goals of the anti-hunger movement?  How can we provide a diversity of strategies that decrease the overall need for food assistance?  How do we evolve as organizations in this new climate of hunger?

Please join us in Tucson, AZ, September 18-20, 2013.


Sam Levitz Furniture to Present $20,000 Check to Community Food Bank

Sam R. Levitz, President of Sam Levitz Furniture will present Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank CEO with a check for $20,000 on Thursday, April 11th at 10:30 AM.  The presentation will take place at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, 3003 S. Country Club Road in the Food Plus area.

The donation is from the Sam Levitz Furniture 60th Anniversary Celebration that was recently completed.  A portion of every sale, during this campaign, was donated to help feed hungry families in our community.  This $20,000 will enable the Community Food Bank to distribute $180,000 worth of food.

“This donation from Sam Levitz Furniture could not have come at a better time for the Food Bank,” commented, Carnegie.  “Our donations are down this year and this check will help close that gap.  We deeply appreciate Levitz’ generosity.”

Sam Levitz Furniture is a family owned and operated business founded in 1953 with three Sam Levitz locations, a Sam’s Furniture Outlet and an Ashley Home Store in the Tucson area.

Following the check presentation, there will be opportunities for interviews and photographs.

For more information, please contact Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287 or Cell at (520) 444-5412.

Desert Harvester Workshops at Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

2013 Desert Harvester Series at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

The 2013 Desert Harvester Series at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will kick off on Thursday, April 25, 2013 and run through Thursday, November 21, 2013.  The Market is located in the Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida de Convento (near the corner of Congress and Grande) [View Larger Map].

The Desert Harvest is a series of workshops, cooking demonstrations and informational activities about native foods and plants of our area and how to make better use of them.


The workshop topics will be:

April 25th, 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Cholla Buds with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

May 16th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Nopalitos with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

June 6th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Mesquite Harvesting with Jeau Martin.

June 20th, 4”00 to 7:00 PM – Bean Trees with Barbara Rose.

July 18th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Verdolagas with Nadia Delgado & Patricia Rojas.

August 15th, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Prickly Pear Fruit with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

November 21st, 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Annual Mesquite Milling with the Las Milpitas Farm and Barbara Rose.

Download Desert Harvest Series 2013 flyer

Desert_Harvest_Mesquite_MillingDownload Desert Harvester Flyer

All workshops are free and open to the public.

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) 882-3304 or visit the Farmers’ Market Page

The Desert Harvester Series was featured in the Arizona Daily Star!


Learn more about harvesting & milling mesquite from the Desert Harvesters:

School Garden Tour – April 6

See the amazing work your community is doing locally with school gardens. 

This Saturday, April 6th the UA School Gardening Program is sponsoring a tour of three TUSD school gardens: Borton, Davis, and Manzo!

The tour starts at Borton with free bus transportation to Davis and Manzo.  Contact Darya Anderson for more information  (520) 907-4281.


Jack and Jill of America Group collected 290 lbs. at Basha’s on March 10th!

Jack and Jill of America Group collected 290 lbs. for hungry families in
Southern Arizona at Basha’s on March 10th.

Huge thanks to everyone who participated!

Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is a national organization with over 220chapters in 35 states and the District of Columbia – representing over 30,000 family members. The core of Jack and Jill’s philosophy is that every child can be developed into a leader. Thus, we are committed to nurturing the future of African-American leaders and to strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. For further information visit the national website at