Community Food Bank’s Holiday Challenge, Presented by Four Local Families,
Will Match Up to $110,000 in Online Donations until December 31, 2013
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s Holiday Challenge will be presented this year by four local families: The Jim Click Family Foundation, Jim and Sandy Peebles, Barry and Janet Lang and the Chen/Chow family. The dollar-for-dollar match up to $110,000, until December 31, 2013, will help needy families in Southern Arizona during this holiday season.
The community is asked to meet the challenge by going online and making a donation. If someone does not have access to the internet, they may call (520) 882-3296 and donate to the challenge.
Last year, the Community Food Bank distributed over 27 million pounds of food, enough for over 63,000 meals each day.
Also, remember before the end of the year the Arizona’s Charitable Tax Credit Law allows a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on contributions to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. New this year, you do not need to itemize your taxes to claim the credit. Taxpayers filing as a single person can receive a credit up to $200 or up to $400 if you file jointly. Donors have until Tuesday, December 31, 2013 to meet the requirements.
For more information on the Community Food Bank’s Holiday Challenge, contact Sio Castillo at (520) 882-3308.
While it might seem daunting to feed thousands of people, the hungry in our community are sure hoping we can. With your gift, together we can feed thousands in Southern Arizona who need a little extra help this year!
They make great holiday gifts! Limited supply available, so request yours today.
Suggested donation: $5
All the drawings in the calendar are by local children from 12 different schools in Southern Arizona.
The calendar serves not only as a reminder that hunger is a year-round issue, but that the majority of the people we serve are families with children. Any gift helps feed hungry families in Southern Arizona.
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Board of Directors has selected Michael McDonald as its new President/CEO. The announcement was made by Gregg Johnson, Chair of the Community Food Bank Board. The Board conducted a nationwide search before selecting Mr. McDonald. He will begin his new duties on January 2, 2014.
Mr. McDonald has been Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Tucson since 2004. He has nearly three decades of experience in nonprofit, for profit and public sector organizations including Burr-Brown Corporation, The Nature Conservancy, Native Seed/SEARCH and the University of Arizona. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, English Education degree in 1986 from the University of Arizona and a Masters in International Business Management degree in1997 from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management. He is currently serving on boards of numerous community nonprofit organizations.
“We are excited and pleased that Michel McDonald will be the new President/CEO of the Community Food Bank,” said Gregg Johnson, Chair of the Community Food Bank Board of Directors. “Michael believes that, of all of Southern Arizona’s human-service non-profits, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona provides the greatest tangible benefit to families in need across our diverse communities. We are confident that Michael is the right person, at this time, to lead us towards fulfilling our vision of a healthy, hunger-free community.”
Mr. McDonald will lead the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona with a staff of over 125 employees working to assist families in need in a 23,106 square mile area. The Community Food Bank facilities include the main warehouse in Tucson, branch food banks in Amado, Green Valley-Sahuarita, Marana and Nogales, Arizona and the Caridad Community Kitchen.
For more information, please contact Gregg Johnson at (520) 203-1231.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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)
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.
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.
Repeat the process to make sure you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
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!
The Community Food Bank, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, relies on 120 employees and hundreds of community volunteers to ensure that the people of Southern Arizona have access to the food and programs they need. The food bank is based in Pima County and also serves Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties. The Community Food Bank provides services to eligible applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, handicap, age, national origin, sexual orientation, political beliefs or gender. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.