Shop Local for the Holidays & Support your Local Non-profit

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The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will host “Shop Local for the Holidays and support your local non-profit” on Thursday December 19, 2013 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.  The Market is located in the Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida del Convento (near the corner of Congress and Grande).

The “Shop Local” event will feature handmade crafts and food samples from Iskashitaa Refugee Network and Ben’s Bells.  Iskashitaa Refugee Network is a grass roots organization that helps rebuild refugee lives through partnerships with volunteers and local organizations. Ben’s Bell’s mission is to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness.

Also available for sale will be locally made tortillas, jams & jellies, mesquite flour, homemade pies, salsas and a large selection of fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies.

The Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market is a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and accepts SNAP (food stamps), WIC vouchers, Arizona Farmers Market Nutrition vouchers, cash, as well as credit and debit cards.

Download flyer and spread the word!

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SIXTH ANNUAL CHICKEN COOP TOUR

CHICKEN COOP TOUR

Ever wondered how best to feed hens nutritious food and keep them cool over long summer months? How do you raise chicks? What do you do when your hens are egg-bound? This is your chance to learn from experienced chicken keepers and have fun too. We will be participating! Las Milpitas will be one of the sites on the Food Conspiracy Co-op chicken coop tour.  Tickets are only $5 and still available. Flyer attached.

Learn More: http://www.foodconspiracy.coop/event/sixth-annual-chicken-coop-tour/

Ticket Sales

You can purchase tickets online below, through the co-op’s website, or at the store. The cost is $5 per ticket, and participants are limited to 300 people.  Please purchase tickets in advance.  Tickets have sold out in previous years.

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National Call-In Day – Lend Your Voice December 4

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National Call-In Day. December 4, 2013

Over the next few days, Congress will decide the fate of hunger-relief programs like TEFAP and SNAP in the Farm Bill, and we need to mobilize thousands of phone calls to make sure they protect hungry families by investing in TEFAP and protecting SNAP.

We are joining anti-hunger organizations across the country for a national-call in day, and we need you to use your voice on behalf of hungry families in our community.  Please make a phone call to your Members of Congress today and help ensure that struggling Americans still have access to programs that help put food on the table.

Calling Congress is easy!  Here’s how:

  1. Call Feeding America’s advocacy hotline at (888) 398-8702.
    (If you don’t want to call, use the link to send an email below)
  2. Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.  Once you are connected to your Representative, state that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.  Be sure to give the name of the food bank or local agency you are affiliated with.
  3. Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver this important message:

    As your constituent and supporter of Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, I am calling you today to ask you to oppose cutting SNAP and ensure that $300 million is invested in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for food banks in the final Farm Bill.  I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it.

  4. Repeat the process to make sure you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
  5. Recruit others by spreading the word through your social media channels.

 

The Farm Bill is complicated, our message isn’t. It’s simple: “Don’t vote to increase hunger in America!”

We are urging everyone who cares about food insecurity & hunger, in our community to participate. (Join our advocacy team.) Thank you for speaking out! 
Learn More:

Contact your Representatives by email and ask them to protect nutrition programs.

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Caremore Health Plan of Arizona Presents “Stuff the Bus” Week

Caremore Health Plan of Arizona Presents “Stuff the Bus” Week

The Caremore Stuff the Bus will be held in Tucson from December 2nd to the 6th,  9 am- 12 pm and then in Green valley on the 7th from 9 am to 12 pm

TUCSON –A “Stuff the Bus” event to benefit the Community Food Banks will be held by CareMore Health Plan of Arizona at two Care Center locations in the Tucson area the week of December 2nd through the 7th.

Officials at CareMore stated the CareMore bus will be stationed at the Care Center location, 4821 N Stone Avenue (near the corner of River and Stone), daily from December 2nd through the 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The bus will then be in Green Valley during the same time frame on Saturday, December 7th.  The Green Valley Care Center is located at 191 W Esperanza Boulevard.

CareMore hopes that the public will participate by taking non-perishable food items to the bus. The food banks also need toiletries and senior incontinence products.  The drive is being held to assist the food banks in providing those in need with ample amounts of food and ancillary items.

Mary Jane Goodrick, Executive Director of the Green Valley-Sahuarita Food Bank stated, “When people in our community don’t have enough food to get through the day, it costs us all. Food insecurity creates health problems. Children may struggle to learn. Workers may be less productive. Opportunities are lost. These are all real people struggling to get enough to eat.”

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For more information, contact DeShanna  Vasquez at 520-314-3338.



Winterhaven Festival of Lights

December 14 through December 28 | 6:00-10:00pm Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights

Community Food Bank to Benefit From the 64th Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights December 14 through December 28, 2013           

Tucson:  The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will again benefit from the 64th Annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights to be held from December 14 through December 28, 2013.  Visitors to the Festival may walk through the neighborhood from 6:00 to 10:00 PM each night.
This year the drive through nights will be December 17th, 27th and 28th

Visitors will enjoy the colorful home decorations, lights and majestic trees in the Winterhaven neighborhood.  While many people walk the streets of Winterhaven, visitors may also enjoy haywagon rides, and heated trolley rides through the neighborhood.

Last year the Winterhaven Festival of Lights collected 33,905 pounds of food and $20,753 for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  Winterhaven residents hope to top that total in 2013.

There is no entrance fee for the Festival, but attendees are asked to bring canned food or make a monetary donation to the Food Bank.  Most needed items are cereal, canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned soups and canned tomato products.  Also, a reminder that for every $1 donated to the Food Bank it can distribute four meals.

For more information about the Winterhaven Festival of Lights, call (520) 327-0111 or log onto www.winterhavenfestival.org

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