Feinstein Challenge to Match Gifts from March 1 to April 30, 2014

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Donations of cash and food made between March 1 and April 30, 2014 to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, its four branch banks and Caridad Community Kitchen are eligible for the Feinstein Challenge.  During this nationwide challenge, the Rhode Island-based Feinstein Foundation will provide a partial match for every dollar raised or pound of food donated.

For the 17th consecutive year, $1 million will be divided among hunger-fighting agencies nationwide, including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and its branch food banks.

The Feinstein Foundation was founded by Alan Shawn Feinstein and is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for local businesses, schools, churches and communities to come together and have their contributions of food or dollars matched by the Feinstein Challenge to benefit local families in need,” said Michael McDonald, Community Food Bank CEO.

To make donations eligible for the Feinstein Challenge, they must be received by the Community Food Bank between March 1 and April 30, 2014.  Donations may be made online or by calling (520) 882-3296.

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Desert Harvester Workshops at Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

2014 Desert Harvester Series at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

The 2014 Desert Harvester Series at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will kick off on Thursday, March 6, 2014 and run through Thursday, November 21, 2014.  The Market is located in the Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida de Convento (near the corner of Congress and Grande) [View Larger Map].

The Desert Harvest is a series of workshops, cooking demonstrations and informational activities about native foods and plants of our area and how to make better use of them.


The workshop topics will be:

March 6, 3:00-6:00 PM – Wild Winter Edible Greens

April 3, 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Cholla Buds with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

May 15, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Nopalitos with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

June 5, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Mesquite Harvesting with Aravaipa Heirlooms’ Jeau Allen

June 19, 4”00 to 7:00 PM – Bean Trees with Barbara Rose.

July 17, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Verdolagas with Sara Jones from Tucson CSA

August 14, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Prickly Pear Fruit with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

November 20, 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Annual Mesquite Milling with the Las Milpitas Farm and Barbara Rose.

December 4, , 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Barrel Cactus Fruit with Jill Lorenzini

Download Flyer Desert Harvest Series 2014 


Download Desert Harvester Flyer

All workshops are free and open to the public.

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. 

For more information, contact Nadia Delgado at (520) 882-3304 or visit the Farmers’ Market Page



Learn more about harvesting & milling mesquite from the Desert Harvesters: http://www.desertharvesters.org/mesquite-in-the-kitchen/harvesting-processing/


UA4Food 2014 Kicks Off on March 3rd to    UA_4 Food_RGB_web

Benefit the Community Food Bank for the Tenth Consecutive Year


Tucson:  For the tenth consecutive year, UA4Food will combine the efforts of University of Arizona students, faculty and staff to fight hunger.  Proceeds from this year’s UA4Food Drive will benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s hunger relief programs.

The UA4Food Drive is a program of The University of Arizona Office of Community Relations and is supported by the Marshall Foundation.  Detailed information is available at www.ua4food.arizona.edu.

Various organizations on campus will conduct individual food drives throughout the school year.  Organizations and dates for the food drives follow:

  • UA4Food Faculty and Staff Drive – March 3 – April 1, 2014 – Check the UA4Food Web site for participating departments and ambassadors.  Give easily and securely through the Community Food Bank’s virtual giving center at http://give.communityfoodbank.org/ua4food.

Contacts:  Sheila McGinnis at 626-4671 or Lou Medran at 449-8340.

  • Staff Advisory Council “Stuff the CatTran” – Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:00 AM to 7 PM – At the CatTran Passenger Drop Off Zone at Cherry & University.

Participate in the fifth annual “Stuff the CatTran” event organized by the Staff Advisory Council, Parking & Transportation Services and UA Community Relations.  Community members are also encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items.  Cash contributions will be accepted.  Drive up drop-off will be available.

Contact: Claudia Arias at (520) 621-2546. 

  • Spring Fling 2012 Food DriveApril 11, 2014, 4:00 – 10:00 PM – Combine fun with philanthropy! Receive $5.00 off your Spring Fling wrist band purchase with a donation of four (4) cans of food. Web site:  www.springfling.arizona.edu

ContactJared Young at 621-5610.


For information on the UA4Food Drive, contact Sheila McGinnis at the University of Arizona Office of Community Relations, 626-4671 or log on to www.ua4food.arizona.edu.

To make a secure online monetary donation directly to combat hunger in Southern Arizona go to the Community Food Bank’s virtual giving center at http://give.communityfoodbank.org/ua4food. (Every dollar donated = 4 meals to local people in need!)

Let’s Can Hunger Food Drive February 22

Food drive flyer

Saturday February 22
Walmart Supercenter at El Con

Food drive to address the urgent need for hunger relief in the Tucson community. Presented by UA Enactus.


Annual Arts/Crafts/Community Fair & Food Drive

5th Annual Arts/Crafts/Community Fair

February 22, 2014
333 E. Wetmore Road [MAP]

Arts, crafts and more! Over 70 Vendors. Kid’s Activities. Great Food. Treasures4Teachers, Kids Animal Life & Dreams. Ironwood Ridge High School Culinary Club. Event hosted by Pioneers a Volunteer Network.

There will be a food bank representative collecting food donations if you want to bring a can to donate!

Download Information Flyer


Why-a-Will Workshops 2014


Why a Will?


A will can help you voice your values and wishes, and ensure they are respected. It also will alleviate your family of the burden of trying to guess your final wishes, and prevent the confusion that can result when there is no will.

Write-a-Will Workshops

Join us for a free workshop with a top estate planning attorney!
The Community Food Bank is offering you free workshops on updating and creating your will. Don’t miss this opportunity!

2014 Workshops


Thursday, March 6
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Kay Richter

Community Food Bank
3003 S. Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ

Tuesday, March 11
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Tim Olcott

Friends In Deed
Room C
301 W Camino Casa Verde
Green Valley, AZ

Monday, March 17
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Elizabeth Spilotro

Caremore at 4821 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ
(SW corner River & Stone)




To reserve your space, RSVP by calling Erin Glockner at (520) 449-8339

Community Interactive – POVERTY: The Working Poor



POVERTY: The Working Poor

Wednesday, February 12 from 6:30 – 8 pm Fox Theatre, Tucson (FREE)

Join Michael McDonald of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and other local panelists on Feb 12th at 6:30pm at the Fox Theatre for an engaging and informative discussion on poverty in Southern Arizona! FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Want to learn more? Visit  https://community.azpm.org/interactive/

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is participating in a solution-driven conversation on the challenges and potential solutions to poverty in Southern Arizona at Community Interactive – POVERTY: The Working Poor.  Do you have questions you want answered? Email communityinteractive@azpm.org.


Tucson’s poverty rates remained among the nation’s highest last year, with one in five living below the poverty threshold. Although Pima County’s poverty rate held steady in 2012 at 20 percent, the poverty rate among children was 29 percent. Many elderly, veterans, and single mothers in Pima County are struggling each and every day to survive; even while working one, two, sometimes three jobs. They just might be your neighbor, or a family member. How does one become part of the ‘working poor’? Who is doing what to help? Is it working? How does one escape poverty? Talking won’t solve the problem but perhaps by bringing people and ideas together we can move the needle towards sustained, positive change.

Neal Conan, award-winning journalist, producer, and former host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation will moderate the first Community Interactive: POVERTY :The Working Poor. Joining him will be a panel of educators, social service professionals, and others working every day to help people in need. Including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s President & CEO Michael McDonald!

POVERTY: The Working Poor event will be free to the public. The community is encouraged to participate and submit questions prior to the event at communityinteractive@azpm.org, on azpm’s facebook page or facebook.com/CFSAZ. Select questions will be presented at the live event for discussion.

Community Interactive – POVERTY: The Working Poor event will be streamed live at azpm.org, and available on demand and broadcast on WORLD on Wednesday, February 19 at 9:30 p.m. and on the UA Channel on Thursday, February 20 at 8 p.m.

AZPM will feature the issue on news programming including, AZ Illustrated on PBS 6 and on NPR 89.1.

The series is produced in partnership by Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, with support from COX Communications and the Arizona Daily Star.