Interested in healthy food?
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will present a five-part class series around the food system, family nutrition, healthy meal planning, preparation, budgeting, and more. This class is geared towards anyone who is interested in increasing their daily nutrition in inexpensive, simple ways.
A healthy, delicious supper with recipes will be provided at each class!
When: Thursday evenings, Jan 16th- Feb 13th, 2014, 5:30-7:00pm Where: The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S La Canada Dr
This series is free, but class size is limited so sign up early!
Register below or Contact Leona at (520) 882-3295 or LDavis@communityfoodbank.org to register or with questions. Students are strongly encouraged to attend all five classes.
All Things Food! Class Schedule (Thursday Evenings 5:30-7pm)
Jan 16: Understanding Our Food System
Jan 23: Sleuthing Your Supermarket
Jan 30: Family Nutrition and Healthy Meal Planning
Feb 6: Budgeting and Healthy Cooking
Feb 13: Thinking Outside the Supermarket – Home Gardens and Farmers’ Markets
The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will host a press conference on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM to introduce its new President/CEO, Michael McDonald. The press conference will take place at the Food Bank’s main location at 3003 S. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85713.
Gregg Johnson, Community Food Bank Board Chair will introduce Mr. McDonald who will briefly discuss his vision for the Food Bank’s future.
Mr. McDonald will lead the Community Food Bank with a staff of over 125 employees, hundreds of volunteers and numerous community partners to assist families in need in a 23,106 square mile area of Southern Arizona.
Mr. Johnson, Mr. McDonald and the Food Bank Management Team will be available for interview opportunities following the press conference.
For more details on the press conference, please contact Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287.
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, 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.