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


Community Food Bank SNAP Challenge 2013

September 3 through September 6, 2013

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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.



Hunger Action Month Event!
Take Action During Hunger Action Month.  


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!

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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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National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive

NALC_201321ST Annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive to Benefit the Community Food Bank

For the 21st consecutive year the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will team up to collect donations on Saturday, May 11, 2013 for the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.  This is Southern Arizona’s largest single day food drive.

“The 2013 Letter Carriers Food Drive is more important than ever,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO.  “Our food donations are down this year and we need our community to step forward and make this year’s food drive an enormous success.”

To help “Stamp Out Hunger” in Southern Arizona, residents are asked leave a bag of non-perishable food, such as canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit or canned tomato products next to their mail box before the time of their mail delivery on Saturday, May 11th.   Food should be in non-breakable containers.  Letter carriers and volunteers will collect the food donations and forward them to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.


  1. Collect & bag non-perishable food items*. (See our Most Need Items)
  2. Place by mailbox for your letter carrier to deliver to your local food bank.

Monetary donations will be accepted for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive and on-line donations may be made as well:

For further information, contact the NALC Branch #704 at (520) 323-2117 or Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287.

*Items to avoid:
-Items in glass containers (Glass can break in transit and endanger our volunteers/staff)
-Items that will melt or perish in the heat:
(No chocolate, candy, fresh produce, frozen or refrigerated items)
-Soda/beverages and Non-food items


Stuart Love, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 704 with Bill Carnegie standing in front of 495,000 bags which will be used for the Letter Carriers Drive this year.

Sam Levitz Furniture to Present $20,000 Check to Community Food Bank

Sam R. Levitz, President of Sam Levitz Furniture will present Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank CEO with a check for $20,000 on Thursday, April 11th at 10:30 AM.  The presentation will take place at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, 3003 S. Country Club Road in the Food Plus area.

The donation is from the Sam Levitz Furniture 60th Anniversary Celebration that was recently completed.  A portion of every sale, during this campaign, was donated to help feed hungry families in our community.  This $20,000 will enable the Community Food Bank to distribute $180,000 worth of food.

“This donation from Sam Levitz Furniture could not have come at a better time for the Food Bank,” commented, Carnegie.  “Our donations are down this year and this check will help close that gap.  We deeply appreciate Levitz’ generosity.”

Sam Levitz Furniture is a family owned and operated business founded in 1953 with three Sam Levitz locations, a Sam’s Furniture Outlet and an Ashley Home Store in the Tucson area.

Following the check presentation, there will be opportunities for interviews and photographs.

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

Arizona Gives Day!


The Community Food Bank is one of the expected 500 nonprofit organizations to participate in in Arizona Gives Day, an online fundraising initiative, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 20. Presented by First Bank, Arizona Gives Day is a 24-hour online fundraiser aimed at bringing together communities across the state, to raise awareness and financial support for a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona. Arizonans are encouraged to help make a difference by investing in the nonprofit of their choice.


From midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., supporters of the Community Food Bank can go on to  and show their support by selecting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to receive the  charitable contribution. All online donations during this effort will go directly to ensure the people of Southern Arizona have access to nutritious food and programs they need.

For more information, visit or call 520-622-0525.


ACTION ALERT: Protect the Work of Charities in Any Fiscal Cliff Deal

This information was provided by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Now on the verge of reaching a deal on avoiding the “fiscal cliff,” the President and House Speaker reportedly have agreed to impose new limits to the charitable giving incentive as part of their package. Unless they receive a huge groundswell of opposition immediately, the ability of charitable nonprofits – everything from churches and synagogues to local food banks, cultural groups, Girl Scouts, and United Ways – to raise the funds they need to serve others may be sharply curbed for many years to come.


Call the White House right now (202-456-1111) and give the operator this message for the President:

The President’s limit on charitable deductions hurts front line nonprofits serving people in need. Don’t hurt the helpers. Don’t limit charitable deductions!

Give your name, City and State, and tell what the charitable deduction means to the work you do or the services you rely on.


Forward this message to everyone you know who cares about the work of your nonprofit, the services you provide, and the people you serve.

The White House Comment Line operates from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EASTERN. Call now and forward this message.

Go to or for more information about the threat to the charitable giving incentive and what you can do.

Copyright © 2012 Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, All rights reserved.

Community Food Bank Facing a $400,000 Shortfall in Monetary Donations

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is facing a $400,000 shortfall in monetary donations for the month of November 2012.  This places the Food Bank in a critical position for December and following months.

“Unfortunately, this year our donations are less than we received last year”, said Bill Carnegie, Food Bank President/CEO.  “In addition to this shortfall, we are seeing an increase of 10% in the demand of food boxes.  It’s a difficult situation and we hope the community can help,” Carnegie added.

For every $1.00 donated, the Community Food Bank can distribute nearly $9.00 worth of food.

Those wishing to help with monetary donations may make a secure online donation:

Donations may also be made by calling (520) 882-3296.

Give to the Community Food Bank and receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit, available to those who itemize, up to $200 for a single filer and up to $400 for joint filers.

For more information, contact Dan Walters at (520) 882-3278.

Social Media Blitz to Protect Hungry Families

We need your voice! Become a social media advocate for the hungry!  Our clients have no powerful lobbyists to help them, so it is up to us – everyday people who care about feeding the hungry- to try and protect them from devastating cuts. The potential loss of SNAP benefits and funding cuts in TEFAP will have a huge impact on us as an organization and our clients.

Feeding America is launching a two-week social media blitz, focusing on the White House this week and on Congressional Leaders next week.  The goal of the campaign is to generate a high volume of Twitter messages targeted at the five key negotiators in deficit reduction talks. This effort will be supported by Facebook posts to raise awareness about the issue and our social media campaign.


Step 1: Follow local & national hunger advocates on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter: @foodbanktucson FOLLOW US | FOLLOW FEEDING AMERICA

Step 2: Post a message (or repost a message) regarding how you support protecting hungry families; to your representatives, congress, and friends/followers  

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email

Hash Tags to Use (all posts must use at least one) 


Bonus Hash Tags 


Who-to-tweet calender. Twitter Handles to Use (all posts must use)


Thurs Dec 6: @WhiteHouse

Fri Dec 7: @WhiteHouse

Tues Dec 11: @SpeakerBoehner

Weds Dec 12: @SenatorReid

Thurs Dec 13: @NancyPelosi

Fri Dec 14: @McConnellPress

Sample tweet:
Tell @WhiteHouse 2 protect hungry families in debt deal. 76% of #SNAP households include child, senior, or disabled. #SNAPworks PlsRT

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

Give A Meal. Triple the Difference

Little boy eatingFor 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.

In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is an everyday reality that is even harder to bear during the holiday season. 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 200 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 companies like Bank of America, our exclusive partner of Give a Meal during the holiday season, and government programs that help infuse our system with grocery products and financial resources.

It is a result of our national relationship and efficient local distribution system that Feeding America is able to help secure and distribute 8 meals for each dollar donated. 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 MealGifts 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.


Amado Food Bank Needs Help to Fill Food Boxes for the Holiday Season

The Amado Community Food Bank needs help to fill food boxes for the holiday season.  The Amado Food Bank will accept frozen turkey donations from October 3, 2012 through December 31, 2012.  The turkeys will be used to help fill holiday food boxes and without these donations some families may go without a main dish this holiday season.

The Amado Food Bank would appreciate donations of 8 to 12 pound frozen turkeys to benefit families in the Amado, Tubac, Arivaca, Elephant Head, Tumacacori, Rio Rico and Lakewood areas.

Turkey donations may be dropped off at the Amado Community Food Bank at 28720 South Nogales Highway in Amado, Arizona.  Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  On Thursdays the office is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This year’s goal is 800 frozen turkeys for families in need.

Turkey donations will gladly be picked up by calling (520) 398-2479 or (520) 398-2942.  Monetary donations will also be accepted to make turkey purchases.  Please specify that the donation is for the turkey drive.

For more information, contact Mildred Lopez Feliciano at (520) 398-2942