Caridad Community Kitchen was part of the Iron Chef event in Tucson in July, 2013. Chef Jon and Chef Abby prepared some mouthwatering recipes for demonstration. The recipes are “Courtesy of Caridad Community Kitchen”, except for the Fresh Pasta Dough, which is courtesy of Chef Zac Bentzel, who was kind enough to share his recipe.

3 ¼lbs. Whole pork loin
15 Each garlic cloves
¼ Cup Canola oil
1 TBsp. Thyme
2 Tbsp. Salt
½ Cup onion
2 Tsp. Pepper

Trim pork loin as needed of any excess fat.

Place oil, salt, pepper, garlic cloves, thyme, and onion in the food processor and puree to a smooth paste.

Rub the garlic paste on the pork loin evenly.

Heat your oven to 425°.

Place the garlic-rubbed pork loin in the oven for 15 minutes.

Turn the oven down to 300° and cook for an additional 35-40 minutes and until the internal temperature of the pork loin is 145°.

Remove pork from oven and allow it to rest on the counter for 10 minutes.

Slice into 1” thick pieces and enjoy!


Community Food Bank Selected as one of the 10 Top-Notch Charities from Charity Navigator


The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has been selected by Charity Navigator as one of the “10 Top-Notch Charities.”  These ten charities not only earn Charity Navigator’s highest 4-Star rating for their Financial Health, but also earn 4-Stars in Accountability and Transparency.

This ranking indicates that these charities adhere to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and they execute their missions in a fiscally responsible way.  The Community Food Bank is the only nonprofit in Arizona to be recognized in the Charity Navigator’s “10 Top-Notch Charities” ranking. (June 2013)

“The Community Food Bank is honored to be listed in the “10 Top-Notch Charities by Charity Navigator,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.  “The ranking demonstrates our continued efforts at integrity, transparency and dedication to our mission.”

Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency of 6,000 of America’s largest charities.

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The Latest Statistics on Food Insecurity: Map the Meal Gap 2013



Feeding America has released Map the Meal Gap 2013, which provides estimates of food insecurity at the county and congressional district level.




NATIONAL: 22.4% (approx. 1 in 5 kids)

ARIZONA: 29.9% (nearly 500,000 kids)

OUR SERVICE AREA: 26.9% (approx. 1 in 4 kids)

(Arizona is 3rd highest in the nation for childhood food insecurity, after New Mexico and D.C.)

TUCSON: 29.7%  children below the poverty line*



ARIZONA: 19.1% (1.2 million people)


TUCSON: 20.4% below the poverty line*

*The statistics for the city of Tucson were provided by the 2011 American Community Survey and data from the U.S. Census Bureau. They reflect persons “below the poverty line” whereas the other statistics reflect persons who are “food insecure. ”


What is Food Insecurity and What Does it Look Like in America?

Food Insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food Insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing and medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.

View Feeding America’s  interactive map to select your state, county or our service area and learn more about your neighbors struggling with hunger.



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View the Executive Summary Report

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Feeding America first published the Map the Meal Gap project in early 2011, with the generous support of theHoward G. Buffett Foundation and The Nielsen Company, to learn more about the face of hunger at the local level. In August, 2011, with the support of the ConAgra Foods Foundation, child food insecurity data was added to the project. The maps reflect 2009-2011 data, and will be updated every year with new data.

Caliber Collision Employees Launch Food Drive To Help Feed Kids During Summer Months


Local Caliber Collision Centers Join Company Effort To Provide 230,000 Meals Nationwide 

Tucson, AZ, June 3, 2013 – Recognizing that hundreds of children in the Tucson area often go hungry during the summer without regular school lunches, Caliber Collision is launching its 2nd annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive June starting today through June 21 to support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Caliber Collision employees have challenged each other to surpass last year’s food drive totals, and have set a nationwide goal of collecting enough food items and cash donations to provide 232,000 meals for at-risk children.

In addition to the food items, Caliber Collision has committed to a corporate matching donation of up to $20,000 based on the amount collected by employees.

“At Caliber, our goal is to restore the rhythm of our customers’ lives by repairing their vehicles.  Similarly, our goal with this food drive is to restore the rhythm of regular meals for needy children,” said David Goldstein, Vice President of Caliber Collision.  “We urge our customers, suppliers and the general public to join us by contributing food items and or cash for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at any of our four locations in the local area.”

Non-perishable food items or cash donations can be dropped off at any of the Caliber Collision locations listed below. The food bank cannot accept glass or open containers, perishable or homemade items.

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University, 12Th St. 721 E. 12th St., 520.903.9119
Price St., 2050 W. Price St.,  85705 520.696.9119
Research Center, 8120 E. Research Center, 520.388.9119
Oro valley, 635 E. Vuelta Caminata Del Rio, 520.742.9119

About Caliber Collision

Caliber Collision is one of the largest collision repair companies in America with 129 centers across California, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma and Texas.  Caliber is consistently ranked among the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry and backs all repair work with a written, lifetime warranty available at any of its 129 repair centers. For more information about Caliber Collision, please visit

For more information on this food drive, contact our Food Drive Coordinator, Lou Medran at  (520) 622-0525 , Ext. 280.



Food Security Roundtable

Leona Davis, Education & Advocacy Coordinator, of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona discusses local and global Food Security issues with Arizona Public Media.

Learn More about the Food Security work of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

How Do We Close the Hunger Gap: Cultivating Food Security.
This September the Community Food Bank will host a national conference on the future of hunger relief and food security.
Food banks and hunger relief organizations are feeling the tangible strain on resources as they work harder to meet the growing demand, using the same day-by-day strategies that have been used for decades. And yet, food banks are uniquely positioned to be hubs of resilient community food systems that provide long-term access to healthy food for all people.

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

Downtown Summer Food Drive



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2013 Salsa and Tequila Challenge

SAVE THE DATE: 2013 Salsa and Tequila Challenge, Aug. 24
Tickets are on sale now

Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona present the third annual Salsa and Tequila Challenge charity fundraiser exploring Hispanic heritage through food, drinks, performances, art and activities.

Once a year, top chefs and restaurants compete in an event that serves the region’s cultural garden to modern day taste buds.

The Southern Arizona Salsa and Tequila Challenge has shaken up the summers in Tucson for three years, with 2013 mixing up to be more flavorful than ever at La Encantada.

On Saturday, Aug. 24 at 5:30 p.m., the culinary competition will once again support Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, much-needed charitable causes raising money for hunger relief and the arts in our community.

This year, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation has added another ingredient to the charity mix with Fiesta Fantastica, a decorative fundraiser to raise money for Hispanic students seeking higher education through the foundation.

More than 20 piñatas will line the arches of La Encatada’s courtyard, each sponsored by a business and created by a local artist. Attendees will buy raffle tickets to use as a vote for their personal favorite piñata design.

The Salsa and Tequila Challenge brings up to 40 chefs and restaurants preparing unique salsa recipes and mixologists creating innovative Tequila-based drinks along with sweet and savory menu pairings. A judging panel of culinary experts and enthusiasts select winners of the amateur and professional competitions, which are awarded at the main event, and attendees place their own votes for the People’s Choice awards.

Hispanic traditions will also be expressed live on stage through Ballet Folklorico La Paloma at 6 p.m., a colorful, energetic and captivating group of performers. Recently performing at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Ballet Folkorico La Paloma is a non-profit organiza-tion dedicated to perpetuating the native folk dances of Mexico.

Flamenco sensation Tesoro will take the stage at 7:15 p.m. The group has a unique sound that captivates even the most sophisticated fla-menco purists and enthusiasts. Tesoro’s sound is a mestizo of world genres layered on top of the aggressive yet sensual sounds of acoustic and electric guitar riffs rooted in flamenco.

Tickets to the event, $40 per person, include chips, salsa tastings, tequila cocktail sampling and shooters, menu pairings, silent auction browsing, live music and dance performances, cultural activities and more.

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Audra Christophel To Receive Bill Emerson National Hunger Leadership Award

Audra Christophel, of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Community Food Resource Center will receive the Bill Emerson National Leadership Award: Field Supervisor of the Year for 2013.

Audra Christophel

The award will recognize Ms. Christophel’s outstanding work in the anti-hunger and anti-poverty community, her innovative leadership and excellent guidance with Elaine Albertson, a Bill Emerson Hunger Fellow assigned to the Community Food Bank.

Ms. Christophel will be presented the award and recognized for her work at the Emerson National Hunger Fellow’s Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program is a leadership development program that trains emerging leaders in the fight against hunger in the United States. Bill Emerson Fellows are a living tribute to the late Congressman Bill Emerson, who devoted his energies to assisting the poor.  The Emerson award is a program of the Congressional Hunger Center; a non-profit, bipartisan anti-hunger training organization founded by former Congressman Tony Hall and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

“The Community Food Bank is proud of Audra Christophel’s accomplishments and her national recognition for this Emerson Award,” stated Bill Carnegie, Food Bank President/CEO.  “It is only fitting that her efforts and leadership towards food security are being honored with this award.”

CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Feed the Children Food Drive


Together we can make a difference in the communities we serve!


Each summer community food banks see a spike in requests due to the fact that kids are out of school and not receiving school lunches. These same food banks help feed kids over weekends and school breaks through backpack programs. This summer you’re invited to help support food banks in your local community by participating in the CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Feed the Children Food Drive. This is a community service project to help fight childhood hunger in our markets. Join us and be a CenturyLink Backpack Buddy!

How to Particpate: CenturyLink Food Drive Flyer

Most Needed Donation Items

The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation will match all donations given through this drive at $1 per pound up to 1 million pounds total. If you choose to make a monetary donation, every dollar donated will be calculated as 6 pounds and will be matched with a $6 donation to your local food bank.


CenturyLink Food Drive Flyer: How to Participate

Community Food Bank is Providing Warehouse & Truck Driving Support to Help with the Ongoing Tornado Relief Efforts

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s George Fahrman is in Oklahoma to help the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma with tornado relief duties.  Fahrman, Food Bank Transportation Coordinator and CDL driver began work on May 29th in the Moore, Oklahoma area.


Feeding America, a network of member food banks, sent out an appeal for help for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and their relief efforts following the devastating tornado on May 20, 2013.  They had equipment and food supplies, but lacked truck drivers.  Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank CEO asked for volunteers from the staff to assist in Oklahoma and George Fahrman stepped forward.

Fahrman’s current duties involve driving semi-truck loads of food and water from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to a food bank, local churches and other distribution points in Moore.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has as history of helping in times of disaster.  The Community Food Bank assisted with disaster relief efforts by supplying staff and equipment during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008.

For more information, please contact Jacob Coldsmith at (520) 882-3288.