Youth & Family Volunteer Day!

Youth & Family Volunteer Days
Volunteering at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s warehouse is normally restricted to those 16 years and older. However, based on a large interested we host a Youth & Family Volunteer Day once a month to allow younger people a chance to help out and learn what the food bank does.

Requires an RSVP.Please sign up by emailing or calling 520-882-3292.

Limited to 18 people.

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
web_FamilyDay_November_volunteer_00103003 S. Country Club Road.
Tucson, AZ 85713 (MAP)

Friday, January 3, 2014
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Friday, February 21, 2014
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Friday, March 14, 2014
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Friday, April 18, 2014
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Friday, May 23, 2014
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Community Food Bank. Your work will help to feed hungry people in Southern Arizona. We appreciate all the work that volunteers do for us and we hope to make this a satisfying, fun experience for you as well. Volunteer guidelines have been established to create a safe, productive and gratifying volunteer experience for everyone. Please sign up by emailing or calling 520-882-3292.

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Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Adds Two New Members to its Board of Directors

Board_memberThe Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has announced that two new members have been added to its Board of Directors.  Kimberly Van Amburg and Steven Banzhaf have been elected to the 2013/2014 board.

Kimberly Van Amburg, Senior Vice President and General Council Casino Del Sol serves as chief legal officer/chief compliance officer for the organization.  Ms. Van Amburg holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.  She was elected at the July 26, 2013 board meeting.

Steven Banzhaf served as Market President, Bank of America until his retirement in 2012.

Mr. Banzhaf was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.  He was elected at the June 28, 2013 board meeting.

“The Community Food Bank is very fortunate to attract outstanding community leaders such as Kimberly and Steven,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.   “Their exceptional experience will help guide the Board in the challenges that lay ahead.”

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.

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

2013 Canstruction® Event to Benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona September 28th through October 6th at the Park Place Mall

For the fourth consecutive year, the American Institute of Architects, Southern Arizona Chapter will sponsor the 2013 Canstruction® event to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  Tucson area architecture, engineering and contractor offices will design and build sculpture installations using only canned food at Park Place, 5870 East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85711.

The construction of the sculptures will take place on Saturday, September 28th and will be on display at Park Place through Sunday, October 6th.  Honors will be awarded to the most creative Canstruction® on Friday October 4th at 6:00 PM.   The creations will be dismantled on October 7th and all of the canned foods will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.


Entries for 2013 Canstruction are:

TeamArizona WildCANS by American Society of Civil Engineers and Swaim Associates Architecture

Team – U of A Game Changers by AIAS Arizona (U of A CALA) and Park Place

Team – Go Big or Go Home by WSM Architects and Norris Design

Team – Three Babes and a Baby by DKP Architects, MetroTED Expediting and Within Studio

Team – One-UP! By Cypress Civil Development and BWS Architects

Team – Can Doers by Rob Paulus Architects, Kittle Design and Construction, and Creative Slice

Team – HDR/Gordley by HDR and Gordley Design Group



Canstruction® is one of the events for 2013 AIA Southern Arizona Architecture Week which takes place from September 27th through October 6th.  See the AIA Southern Arizona Web site for the week’s events.

For more information, contact Kevin Hall at (520) 991-5213 or log on to


Community Food Bank Night at Tucson Padres Baseball Game on August 26th

padresMonday, August 26, 2013 will be Community Food Bank night at the Tucson Padres baseball game at Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way.  Gates open at 6:00 PM and the game against the Reno Aces begins at 7:05 PM.

Each person who brings two (2) cans of food, as a donation for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, will be admitted free.  Food Bank donation boxes will be located at each entrance.  Remember, most needed items are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, canned fruit and canned tomato products.  Please, no glass containers.

“The Tucson Padres, over our three years here, are pleased to have helped numerous Tucson charities,” said Mike Feder, Vice President & General Manger. “Now in our last week of the season, we would like to reach out and help a great organization, the Community Food Bank.  Please join us on Monday and donate to help families in need in our community.”

“During the summer months the Food Bank’s drop off dramatically, so we especially appreciate the Tucson Padres conducing this food drive for us,” stated Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.

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

Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies Offers $1 off for Food Donation


Any non-perishable food item brought in Red Mango will offer $1 off any smoothie and $1 off any yogurt order of $4 or more (limit $1 per smoothie/order.  Not valid with other offers). View on Facebook

Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies
4758 E. Sunrise Drive,
Tucson, Az. 85718

Food Bank Helps Local Children Back to School

1in4Kids_BacktoSchool_MichaelOne in four kids age 18 and younger in Southern Arizona are at risk of hunger. Nationwide, the rate is one in five.

Hunger doesn’t just affect children’s bodies, it affects their minds. In fact, children facing hunger may do more poorly in school and fall behind their peers. As a result, they may never fulfill their potential, and that is a tragedy.

Your gift will help provide much needed food for local children. The Community Food Bank has programs especially for children that provide after school snacks, back packs full of food to take home on the weekend, healthy eating education, summer meals, family assistance and more.

When you give to the Community Food Bank, you make a difference in the life of a child.

Children in Southern Arizona need your help. Thank you.

Donate to the Child Hunger & Nutrition Fund!


• Children are the largest group in need, representing 40% of the food bank’s clients.
• Feeding America estimates that one in four of Pima County’s children live at or below the Federal Poverty Level.[1]
• Arizona ranks 3rd highest rate in the country in the proportion of children who are food insecure.
• Hunger can effect a child’s health, cognitive growth and ability to perform in school.


• Volunteer (fingerprint clearance required in some cases, please call for more information)
Donate Money
• Donate Food
• Get your business or place of worship to sponsor a school


[1] Map the Meal Gap

[2] Child Hunger Programs


Could You Live on $4 a Day? Take the SNAP Challenge!


Community Food Bank SNAP Challenge 2013

September 3 through September 6, 2013

Register Here

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will sponsor a SNAP Challenge September 3 through September 6, 2013 during which participants will challenge themselves to live on a budget of $4.00 per day or $16.00 for a four days period.  $4.00 per person per day is the average amount of SNAP benefits received by those participating in the program.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps helps over a million Arizona households put food on the table.

While this experience cannot give participants a true sense of living in deep or prolonged poverty, it can provide insight into some of the challenges families confront while trying to live on SNAP benefits.

“By participating in the SNAP Challenge we can better understand the difficulties faced every day by thousands of Arizonans who rely on this program to feed their families,” stated Bill Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Go online to, to register, receive more information and share your experiences with others.  The Snap Challenge is part of Hunger Action Month and elected officials, journalists, Food Bank board members, staff, volunteers, non-profits and community members are invited to participate.

How can I participate in the SNAP Challenge?

  1. Register for the 2013 SNAP Challenge online here. Then check your e-mail for blogging information and resources to help you budget your week and stretch your food dollar!
  2. Purchase food and beverages using your SNAP Challenge budget during the week of September 3-9, 2013. See SNAP Food Guidelines for purchasing foods. We also encourage participants to try to maintain a healthy diet. Please see  MyPlate on a SNAP budget link for nutritional guidelines.
  3. Record spending. All food purchased and eaten during the Experience, including food not permitted to be purchased with your benefit and dining out, must be included in the total spending.
  4. Eat only food you purchase for the project:
    • Avoid consuming food that you already own (this does not include spices or condiments).
    • Avoid accepting free food from family, friends, or at work or social gatherings.
  5. Contribute to the blog by submitting entries online or sending entries to  See the Blog Prompts for ideas on how you can contribute. We love photos!
  6. Spread the word about your experience and post pictures on your Twitter and Facebook accounts! For twitter, tag @foodbanktucson #HungerAction in your tweets.

For more information, contact Heath Butrum at (520) 882-3317.



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Go Orange Day! September 5






Go Orange Day! Go Orange for Hunger Action

Join the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and eegee’s for “Go Orange Day”. Enjoy a free eegee’s featuring their Pina Colada flavor and learn how to help fight hunger in our community.

WHEN: Thursday Septmber 5, 2013 | between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

WHERE: Jácome Plaza, 101 N. Stone, just south of the Joel D. Valdez library in downtown Tucson.





“Go Orange Day” is part of Hunger Action Month a nationwide effort to call attention to the problem of hunger in America.  Community Food Bank staff, volunteers, and community advocates will wear orange to help mark the day.  There are many events in which to participate during Hunger Actions Month. For a list, log onto to see how you can help. The Community Food Bank, its branch food banks and partner agencies distributed over 27 million pounds of food in Southern Arizona last year, enough for 62,800 meals a day.  For every $1.00 donated, the Food Bank can distribute nearly $9.00 worth of food.

Join the Community Food Bank and enjoy a free eegee’s featuring their Pina Colada flavor on “Go Orange Day”, Thursday, September 5th at Jácome Plaza from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

For more information, please contact Kris French at (520) 882-3321 or

Can’t make it? Join us at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market from 4-7 and pick up some fresh local produce. Remember to wear orange!


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Special Free Screening: A Place at the Table Documentary


Free Screening! A Place at the Table Documentary | September 18

Join us at the Marriott on September 18 at 7:00 pm for a special screening of the thought-provoking documentary about hunger, “A Place At The Table,” by the creators of Food, Inc.  The event, on September 18 at 7:00 pm, is free and open and to the public.  We’d love for you to come!

The film takes an eye-opening look at hunger and obesity in America, and tells the story of how we had these problems mostly solved before things took a turn for the worse in the ’70s and ’80s.  Today, Arizona suffers from the highest rate of food insecurity in the country (29%) and national childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last 30 years, such that in 2010 more than 33% of children and adolescents were considered overweight or obese.

The film will be immediately followed by a panel discussion to discuss some of the key issues around hunger.

Tucson is one of only a handful of communities selected to air this film as part of a larger strategy by the filmmakers to build the food movement.  It’s not just another film to watch and shrug off, it’s an opportunity to get involved in the fight to end hunger.  Our event in Tucson is particularly exciting in that it will be the main public feature of a larger conference about hunger being hosted by the Community Food Bank.

This event is made possible by the Pima County Food Alliance. Learn More


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September is Hunger Action Month. Take Action Against Hunger.

Download our “30 Ways in 30 Days” Calendar for ideas on how you can get involved in Hunger Action Month!

Download Calendar!

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and it’s four branch food banks in Amado, Green Valley-Sahuarita, Marana and Nogales are asking all communities in Southern Arizona to join the activities of “Hunger Action Month 2013” during September.

Hunger Action Month is an opportunity to join a movement to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in Arizona.  There will be opportunities for individuals to advocate, donate or volunteer.

During “Hunger Action Month” the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will feature a local “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar on its Website to inform people about opportunities to participate in their community.  To find out how the public can get involved, go to  One event or suggestion on how to help will be highlighted each day.

Some highlighted events for “Hunger Action Month 2013” are:


September 3rd – 6th:  SNAP ChallengeTry to live on $4.00 worth of food per day as SNAP (Food Stamp) recipients do.

September 5th: “Go Orange Day.”  Wear the color orange from head to toe! Enjoy free eegees featuring the Pina Colada flavor at Jácome Plaza at 101 N. Stone in downtown Tucson and learn about the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

September 18th: Free Screening: “A Place at the Table”  Join us at the Marriott on September 18 at 7:00 pm for a viewing of the the film. Free and open and to the public.

September 24th: Youth Family Volunteer Day: This event requires an RSVP. Please sign up by emailing or calling 520-882-3292. Limited to 18 people.

September 28th: Hunger Walk 2013  Walk to fight hunger at Community Food Banks in Tucson, Amado, Green Valley, Marana and Nogales. Register early!

September 28th – Oct. 6: Canstruction:  AIA “Canstruction” event begins at Park Place and runs through October 6th.


Take Action Online!

View Feeding America’s Facebook App for local and national ways to virtually fight hunger!

  • GO ORANGE FOR HUNGER: Change your Facebook and Twitter profile photos orange on September 5, 2013 and keep it orange for the month of September!
  • DONATE your status and share local hunger statistics on Facebook and Twitter.
  • LIKE Community Food Bank on Facebook
  • SHARE this page with your friends and family


Many other events, food drives and opportunities will be available during “Hunger Action Month 2013.”  Check for details.

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

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