21st Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive Breaks All Records for Donations to Community Food Bank

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21st Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive Breaks All Records for Donations to Community Food Bank

The National Association of Letter Carriers 21st Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 broke all records for donations to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  The Community Food Bank has received 381,142 pound of food and $106,318.13 in monetary donations.  These totals surpassed all previous year’s donations.

On Saturday, May 11th, residents were asked to leave a bag of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before the time of their regular mail delivery.  Letter carriers and volunteers collected the food and returned it to area postal stations.  From there the donations were transported to the Community Food Bank in Tucson, the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food and Nogales Community Food Bank.  “Stamp Out Hunger” is Southern Arizona’s largest single day food drive of the year.

“The Community Food Bank is thankful for the community support during this year’s NALC “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.  “We broke all records and the food and funds are still coming in.  Our appreciation goes to the tremendous efforts of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the volunteers and staff who made this year’s event the best ever. ”

“Stamp Out Hunger” monetary donations may still be made at (520) 882-3296 or online here.

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This food will help thousands of people in need in our community during the tough summer months. Thank you!
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BodyZen Bootcamp: Bring in 2 cans of food June 1st-June 16th & work out for FREE!

Food Drive!

BodyZen Boot Camps is having a food drive for the Community Food Bank this June.

Bring in 2 cans of food from June 1st-June 16th and work out for FREE!

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Help us put a dent in hunger and burn some of your own extra calories at the same time!

WHO: BodyZen Boot Camps for the Community Food Bank of Southern AZ

WHAT: Bring any kind of canned, or boxed food to ANY of their boot camp classes or locations!

LOCATIONS: Any of our CentralWestEast or South East locations!

WHEN: June 1st-June 16th

 



Free Garden Workshops this Summer in Green Valley

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Open to anyone interested in gardening! All classes are free, donations are appreciated.

Please register online at www.communityfoodbank.com/gardenworkshops
Or contact Linda Strader, 784-4669 lstrader@communityfoodbank.org

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Seating is limited so sign up now! Register Today.

Please join us for a free Garden Workshop this Summer in Green Valley.

Workshop Locations: 

Green Valley Library
601 N. La Canada Dr. (Green Valley)

Anamax Park Recreation Center Room
1750 S. Camino de las Quintas (Green Valley)

 

Workshop Topics:

Home Canning, Freezing and Drying
What’s wrong with my garden?!
Making Flavored Oils for Dipping
Planning your Fall Garden

Register for a Workshop



May is Older Americans Month

According to the study Hunger in America 2010, 30 percent of seniors who rely on our local food pantries for help have had to choose between paying for food and paying for medical care.

This is now a reality for even more seniors as they find themselves unemployed during the recent economic downturn. Older workers experienced longer than average periods of unemployment and now have less income to spend on necessities as a result of missing out on potential wages, prematurely tapping into social security, or finding themselves with reduced wages after regaining employment.

Although food insecurity—not having access to enough food for an active or healthy life—affects people of all ages, older Americans are particularly at risk because they have unique nutritional needs related to aging and/or medical conditions. To meet these needs, seniors at risk of hunger often depend on local food pantries for help. Among food pantry clients 65 and older, more than half reported visiting on a monthly basis, the highest of any age group.

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Charity alone cannot solve senior hunger in our community. In addition to generous private donations and community partnerships, we rely on federal programs, like the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), to supply nutritious monthly food packages to low-income seniors, and help connect seniors to other programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to ensure they have groceries to last them through the month. As elected officials make decisions about state and federal budgets, it’s important that our community know that many of our seniors right here in Southern Arizona rely on both federal nutrition programs and food banks to get by each month.

Together, we can provide hope to seniors and families in need.

 



Honor a Mother

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day! 

Honor your mother, grandmother, wife, aunt or another woman you love with a gift in her name to the Community Food Bank.

For millions of mothers across Arizona, their biggest worry isn’t their own hunger. It’s being unable to feed their children, or having to choose between rent, medicine and groceries. Your gift today helps ensure that we continue to reach the families that depend on our services, all year long.

Make a donation in your mother’s honor and we will send her a personalized E-card letting her know the difference she’s helped to make!

Please hurry because Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13th!

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AdvoCare Donates $20,000 to the Community Food Bank

AdvoCare International (AdvoCare), a premier health and wellness company based in Plano, Texas,  contributed $20,000 to Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  This check is part of a total $400,000 donation made to 20 food banks across the country. AdvoCare stated that the donation was in celebration of its 20th anniversary year and in an effort to give back to the communities it serves. 

“This gift will help many families in our community who are struggling with hunger this summer.” Said Melissa Weiters, Vice President of Development at the Community Food Bank, “Thank you AdvoCare!”

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Arizona Economy Insurance Food Drive for Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Arizona Economy Insurance Food Drive 

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Tucson, Green Valley and Safford, Arizona – May 13, 2013 – Arizona Economy Insurance and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are partnering for a Spring Food Drive starting May 13, 2013.

The Food Bank of Southern Arizona has been supporting the people of Tucson and Pima County since 1976.  The first year it was opened they dispersed 10,533 emergency food boxes. Today they assist people within 23,106 square miles of Southern Arizona.  Not only do they provide food for families in Pima, Santa Cruz, Graham, Cochise and Greenlee Counties.  They also have a Family Assistance Center that help individuals complete the initial or renewal application for SNAP, TANF and AHCCCS services.  All of their services are provided in English and Spanish.

Arizona Economy Insurance is a family owned and operated business that provides Tucson, Green Valley and Safford with home, auto and commercial insurance. They see, first hand, many of the financial struggles within their communities. This is one small way that they can help. 

Non-perishable Food donations can be dropped off at any of the Arizona Economy Insurance Offices  listed below.
Starting May 13, 2013 thru June 10, 2013.

  • 4245 E Grant Rd, Tucson, Az 85712 | Office hours – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday
  • 5650 S 12th Ave., Suite 100, Tucson, Az 85706 | Office hours – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday
  • 101 S La Canada, Suite 73, Green Valley, Az 85614 | Office hours – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday
  • 903 S 8th Ave., Safford, Az 85546 | Office hours – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday

Or you can make monetary donations online at: http://give.communityfoodbank.org/azeconomyinsurance.

Did you know that for every $1 donated, they can distribute $9 of food? That is enough food for about four meals.

 

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For more information the media can contact Stacy Noble at 520-399-4444 or via email at stacynoble@azeconomyinsurance.com.