Empty Bowls Lunch

A luncheon to fight      hunger!<br /><br /><br /><br />
Friday November 8, 2013<br /><br /><br /><br />
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.<br /><br /><br /><br />
Hosted by Mulcahy YMCA/Kino Center 2805 E. Ajo Way<br /><br /><br /><br />
(turn north on E. Ajo Way on Forgeus Ave.)<br /><br /><br /><br />
Choose from a wide selection of hand-crafted ceramic designs donated by the Southern Arizona Clay Artisits (SACA) and other local artists, Marjon Ceramics Inc. and Laguna Clay Co.<br /><br /><br /><br />
Purchase your bowl of choice for $15<br /><br /><br /><br />
Sample a wide variety of soups from local restaurants and breads for lunch<br /><br /><br /><br />

Download Empty Bowls 2013 flyer


National Charity League, Inc. – Tucson Chapter Presents $5,000 to Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Charity League check Sept 2013 (2)

Tucson:  The National Charity League, Inc. – Tucson Chapter presented a check for $5,000 to Melissa Wieters, Vice President of Development for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at their annual Fall Kickoff meeting on September 15, 2013 at the Westward Look.

Past and current Tucson chapter liaisons along with active members of the chapter presented the check at the 2:00 PM event.  With the CFB’s Mission Statement of: ‘Through education, advocacy and the acquisition, storage, and distribution of food, we will anticipate and meet the food needs of the hungry in Pima County’, the Tucson Chapter of NCL, Inc. mothers and daughters have worked together side by side with over 600 cumulative hours packing boxes, sorting food and performing other needed activities throughout the community.

“We are very grateful to the National Charity League for their generous monetary donation,” commented Melissa Wieters, Vice President of Development.  “Additionally, we appreciate the many volunteer hours that the members and their daughters have contributed to the Community Food Bank.”

About the National Charity League, Inc. – Tucson Chapter:
The National Charity League, Inc., Tucson Chapter was founded in 2007 as the 141st Chapter of NCL. Today the Chapter has more than 210 members, serves 17 local philanthropies, such as Ben’s Bells, Gospel Rescue Mission, Ronald McDonald House, St. Lukes, TuNidito – to name a few and contributes over 6,300 hours to our local community each year. For more information, please visit our website at www.ncltucson.org.

About the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona:

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona was founded in 1976 and serves families in 23,106 square miles of Southern Arizona with branch food banks in Amado, Green Valley-Sahuarita, Marana, Nogales and the main warehouse in Tucson.


For more information, please contact Melissa Wieters at (520) 882-3328.

SEPTEMBER 17th Call In Day – Action Needed

SEPTEMBER  17th         Call In Day – Action Needed

Join Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Feeding America and many other Anti-Hunger organizations and allies in a September 17th National Call In Day to Congress to support and protect SNAP using Feeding America’s toll-free number 866-456-8824.

Next week we expect the House to bring up the “Nutrition Bill,” which would cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next 10 years.  This is on top of the impending benefit reductions that will impact all SNAP participants beginning November 2013.  If passed, the bill would result in about 1.5 billion lost meals for hungry families every year for the next 10 years.  The combined cuts would lead to more lost meals than the entire Feeding America network distributes in a year. While we are grateful the bill also includes additional resources for TEFAP, the increased funding will not come close to helping hungry families replace the meals lost due to the SNAP cuts.  We can’t let that happen.

  • Call our toll-free hotline at 866-456-8824.
  • Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
  • State that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.
  • Let them know you are calling about anti-hunger programs and deliver this important message:As your constituent and supporter of my local food bank, I am asking you to vote against the House Farm Bill proposal to cut $40 billion from SNAP.  This bill will be devastating to struggling Americans and the food banks that support them.  I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it.  Please oppose this bill.

Help us send a message to Congress by joining our National Call In Day on September 17th to urge the House to vote against this harmful bill.  We hope you’ll join us by calling your Representative and mobilizing your local supporters.

For more information and to get involved, please contact Heath Butrum, Public Policy Strategist hbutrum@communityfoodbank.org (520) 882-3317

Family Night at Texas Roadhouse to benefit the Marana Food Bank


Please join the Marana Community Food Bank on Monday, September 9th for Family Night at Texas Roadhouse located at 8450 N. Cracker Barrel Road.

The food bank will receive 10% of all sales With this flyer!

 So, make sure that you present the flyer to your server before you order.

 Hope to see you there for a fun evening with the entire family.

Bashas’, Food City and Safeway Childhood Hunger Campaign with 3TV

End Childhood Hunger



KTVK 3TV kicks-off a groundbreaking battle against childhood hunger in Arizona with the support of not one, not two, but three powerful grocers coming together to fight a critical community problem.

Childhood hunger is a continually growing epidemic in the United States, with 16 million children living without consistent access to adequate food, that’s one out of every five kids.

Yet, in Arizona, the reality is even worse. One in four of Arizona’s children is threatened with hunger and at risk for increased illness, slower recovery times, susceptibility to obesity and its harmful health consequences. Children who do get enough nutritious food tend to have significantly higher levels of behavioral, emotional and academic problems.

School for these hungry children proves extra challenging as they struggle with headaches, stomachaches and illness. Three out of five K-8 public school teachers say they regularly see students coming to school hungry and more than half of all teachers say they purchase food for hungry students in their classrooms, because they know these kids rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition.

“The facts are staggering and the truth that so many of Arizona’s children can’t focus on learning and building their futures because they have little to no access to food  is unacceptable,” said Nick Nicholson, President and General Manager of 3TV. “We care, we want to be a force for change, and we invite all of Arizona to join us.”

This problem is larger than any of us, but as a combined force a new future can be paved for Arizona’s children. The goal is to raise enough funds to provide 1 million meals to hungry children throughout Arizona.

While the grocery industry is a competitive landscape, Bashas’, Food City and Safeway stores across Arizona have set aside the competition and have come together to show their commitment to ending childhood hunger across our state.

From Sept. 3 – Sept. 30 all Arizona Bashas’, Food City & Safeway stores are accepting monetary donations at every check-out station. Every penny donated will go directly to programs that focus on childhood hunger at five state-wide hunger organizations. The non-profit recipients include: Arizona Association of Food Banks, AZBrainFood, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Kitchen on the Street and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. This combination of recipients will ensure that donated dollars are spread across our state, helping as many children as we can reach.

How you can help: