Annual Fall Farm Festival – Saturday, November 9 2013 at Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm



Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm (south of Silverlake/29th Street, between I-10 & Mission Rd) VIEW MAP & DIRECTIONS 


Free games, educational workshops and activities, raffle, entertainment, community information, and food sales.
Learn more about your community farm!

Exploring Desert Foods Workshop (learn more about local foods, solar cooking, and bean trees), present by Barbara Rose/ Bean Tree Farm starting at 1pm at the 2nd Annual Las Milpitas Fall Festival.

RSVP on Facebook & spread the word!


Give a Meal. Triple the Difference. Bank of America has partnered with Feeding America.

Give A Meal. Triple the Difference

For every $1 you give to Feeding America, Bank of America will match your gift with $2! Together we can make 3 times the difference in the fight against hunger.

Corporate photo. Young girl at Kids Cafe.

In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is an everyday reality. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.

More than 202 Feeding America food bank members help provide low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including nearly 14 million children and 3 million seniors. We are able to do so based on the outstanding support of corporate partners and government programs that help infuse our system with grocery products and financial resources.

It is a result of our national relationships and efficient local distribution system that we are able to help provide 8 meals for each dollar donated, making your contribution have real impact in communities nationwide. This holiday season, Bank of America will match your donation with $2 for every $1 you give. Together, we can make 3 times the difference and help provide 24 meals for each dollar — toward the fight against hunger across the country and in your community.

Give a Meal

Gifts designated to “Your Local Food Bank” will benefit the food bank served by the billing zip code entered by the donor.



*this link will take you off the Community Food Bank’s page and onto Feeding America’s donation page.


Coco’s Bakery and Carrows Restaurants host “Pies for a Purpose”

Patrons at both Coco’s Bakery Restaurants and Carrows Restaurants will be able to donate freshly baked pies to those in their local community who need them! The donated pies will be picked up by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. 

Pies for a Purpose is a donation program started by Catalina Restaurant Group (Coco’s Bakery Restaurants and Carrows Restaurants) in 2009 to help feed the communities where we, our friends, guests and employees, live and work. It is designed as an easy way to get our guests in the holiday giving spirit by allowing them to give with minimal effort and cost.

Starting November 7th, guests will be given the option to purchase and donate a pie when they leave Coco’s and Carrows Restaurants. On Wednesday of each week, all the pies that were designated to be donated will be assembled and baked fresh in our restaurants. Starting November 13th, and every following Wednesday (except Christmas and New Year’s week the pick-up date will need to be changed) until January 1st, the local food banks will drive to the individual restaurants and pick up the pies to be handed out as needed.

Coco’s and Carrows donated over 20,000 pies last year and is pushing, via our website, facebook, e-club, in store materials and by outdoor billboard advertising, to surpass that mark.

Coco’s website

Carrows website


New Tax Credit law allows more people to give AND receive

Arizona’s charitable tax credit law allows you to earn a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on contributions to qualifying organizations. The Community Food Bank and its branches are qualified charitable organizations. This means your gift to the food bank made by December 31 can save you money on your taxes! Here’s how it works:

Both non-itemizers & itemizers are now eligible!* NEW

You can receive an Arizona tax credit of up to $200 if you file as single or head of household,
or up to $400 for married filing jointly.

For more details, call the Arizona Department of Revenue at (800) 352-4090, access their website at or contact your tax advisor.

This information has been provided as a service to our friends. Please discuss any and all charitable intentions with your tax advisor.


Arizona State Tax Credit: It may not cost you a thing, and the impact of your kindness is priceless.


Caridad Community Kitchen Receives $10,000 Grant From Bank of America


Caridad Community Kitchen, a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, has received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America. The grant will support two Caridad Community Kitchen programs. The first is the Meal Program that provides 14,000 nutritious meals per month to 8 public meal sites, 2 seasonal programs and 2 shelters. The second program is the Culinary Training Program that trains unemployed adults, in a ten week course, to enter the food service industry.

This Bank of America grant will be used to purchase food for Caridad to continue to feed the hungry of Tucson and support the Culinary Training program to help students pull themselves out of poverty and join the food service industry.  These funds will be used to support Caridad’s 2013-2014 fiscal year.

“The Caridad Community Kitchen team couldn’t be more excited and grateful for the grant from Bank of America,” said Kristen Culliney, Program Manager.  “This grant will allow us to expand our program resources, connect with more people in the culinary and hospitality community and allow us to further develop our students for the work force by providing hands-on, real world experiences.”

In response to pressing challenges facing individuals and families across the country, Bank of America is lending, investing and giving to help create economically vibrant communities that are better places in which to live and do business. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides philanthropic support to address needs vital to the health of our communities through a focus on preserving neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs and addressing critical needs, such as hunger.

For more information, please contact Kristen Culliney at (520) 882-5641.

2014 Kids’ Art Calendar Voting!

Mark your favorite:

Every year we ask local children to express their feelings about hunger through their artwork. So many children send us wonderful artwork every year; it's difficult to choose the winners. Now we need your help choosing the cover.

Which artwork is your favorite? You have until Tuesday, October 22 to vote!

Caridad Community Kitchen Receives Donation from “Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans”

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Caridad Community Kitchen Receives Donation from “Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans” 

Jon Wirtis, Executive Chef of the Caridad Community Kitchen, a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, accepted a $1,000 check from “Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans” (TVSV) at their October 4th meeting.  The check was presented by Yolanda Hasler of the Salvation Army who was a key player in the meal support that TVSV provided homeless veterans during the bi-annual Stand Down event in Tucson.  Also on hand for the presentation was Bruce Hamilton, Chairperson TVSV.

TVSV commented that without the support of organizations like Caridad Community Kitchen, which has a long history of providing for the homeless population, TVSV could not accomplish its mission. This donation will go a long way to support Caridad Community Kitchen and demonstrates “Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans” commitment to give back to its community partners.

Caridad Community Kitchen prepares over 14,000 meals per month for the homeless & in need in our community and conducts a ten week culinary training program to train low income men and women for careers in the culinary profession.

For more information, please contact Kristen Culliney at (520) 882-5641.


Food Day! October 24





Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food, and a grassroots campaign for better food policies and a stronger, more united food movement.

Let’s aim for a food system that is healthy, affordable, and produced with care. Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food, and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24.

Join Tucson’s Food Day Celebration October 24, 2013 3-6pm at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market. Directions.

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The University of Arizona is holding a Food Day event on October 23rd. There will be food bank representatives there to talk about local anti-hunger initiatives and what work is being done towards building a food secure future. Learn More about UofA Food Day – October 23


Coatimondi Cat Club offers discount on admission into show with donation for the Community Food Bank


Nov. 1, 2, 3, 2013 Doubletree Reid Park

Coatimondi Cat Club offers a $1 discount on admission into our show with your donation to our Food Drive for the Community Food Bank. Click here for your Coupon.

Peanut Butter Needed! Please donate today to the Food Bank. Most Needed Items List.

Regular price for admission is $5.00 adults, $4.00 seniors, $3.00 children under 12, Family of four adults $16.00


For the past few years, Coatimondi Cat Club has worked in cooperation with the Community Food Bank of Tucson to get donations for the needy in the community. The Mission of the Community Food Bank is: “Through education, advocacy, and the acquisition, storage, and distribution of food, we will anticipate and meet the food needs of the hungry in our community.” We are proud to help this great charity in their mission.

Green Valley: Free Investment Workshop with Pat Raskob of Raskob, Kambourian Financial Advisors


Green Valley:  The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food Bank will host “Making Your Money Last as Long You Do” investment workshop on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.

The workshop, presented by Pat Raskob of Raskob, Kambourian Financial Advisors, will take place at Friends in Deed, 301 W. Camino Casa Verde, Green Valley, AZ 85614.  The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.  To reserve your space, contact Liz Westrick at (520) 882-3296.

Ms. Raskob is a Certified Financial Planner, Enrolled Agent (enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service on tax matters), and is an Accredited Tax Advisor. She is a member of the Financial Planners Association, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, the National Association of Tax Practitioners, and the National Association of Enrolled Agents.

For more information, please contact Liz Westrick at (520) 882-3296.