SEPTEMBER 17th Call In Day – Action Needed

SEPTEMBER  17th         Call In Day – Action Needed

Join Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Feeding America and many other Anti-Hunger organizations and allies in a September 17th National Call In Day to Congress to support and protect SNAP using Feeding America’s toll-free number 866-456-8824.

Next week we expect the House to bring up the “Nutrition Bill,” which would cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next 10 years.  This is on top of the impending benefit reductions that will impact all SNAP participants beginning November 2013.  If passed, the bill would result in about 1.5 billion lost meals for hungry families every year for the next 10 years.  The combined cuts would lead to more lost meals than the entire Feeding America network distributes in a year. While we are grateful the bill also includes additional resources for TEFAP, the increased funding will not come close to helping hungry families replace the meals lost due to the SNAP cuts.  We can’t let that happen.

  • Call our toll-free hotline at 866-456-8824.
  • Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
  • State that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.
  • Let them know you are calling about anti-hunger programs and deliver this important message:As your constituent and supporter of my local food bank, I am asking you to vote against the House Farm Bill proposal to cut $40 billion from SNAP.  This bill will be devastating to struggling Americans and the food banks that support them.  I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it.  Please oppose this bill.

Help us send a message to Congress by joining our National Call In Day on September 17th to urge the House to vote against this harmful bill.  We hope you’ll join us by calling your Representative and mobilizing your local supporters.

For more information and to get involved, please contact Heath Butrum, Public Policy Strategist (520) 882-3317

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


Community Food Bank SNAP Challenge 2013

September 3 through September 6, 2013

Register Here

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!

Download Calendar!

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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FREE Fall Garden Workshops in Green Valley-Sahuarita



Free Garden Workshops this Summer & Fall being offered by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.Download Flyer


All workshops are free, donations are appreciated. Seating is limited so sign up now!
If you have special needs, such as child care or  interpretation we will endeavor to make arrangements with advance notice.

For questions contact contact Linda Strader at the Community Food Bank, 784-4669.

 workshops fill up quickly. Please Reserve your spot today.


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Draw a Picture & Help Families Struggling with Hunger!

Every year we publish a calendar of artwork created by local children.
This calendar will be mailed to homes in Pima County and beyond. Every year your drawings help raise funds for meals to feed hungry families, seniors and children during the winter months.

We need your help!

Have your class draw pictures for us and one of them could win a place in our calendar. Drawings should be about nutrition, hunger or the importance of food in our lives. Students also can write an explanatory sentence on the back of their pictures.

Winning artwork will be printed in the 2014 calendar; each winning artist will receive a special certificate with his or her name and a ten dollar gift card to Target stores! The winners will be announced this fall.

Submit Your Calendar Entries by October 1st!

How to participate:

  • All entries from your class should be mailed in one envelope. Individual entries should be mailed in one envelope as well.
  • Students should write their full name, age, and grade on the back of their drawing.
  • All entries must be received on or before October 1, 2013 to be eligible.
  • Include the name of your school or organization, subject of your class, and your full name with your entry.
  • Please have your students create their art in ANY 2-D medium. Examples: colored pencil, marker, crayons, paint, watercolor, paper cut-outs, collage, etc. The more colorful, the better! Just make sure they are on unlined, 8.5” x 11” paper and in a horizontal (landscape) orientation.


For questions:
(520) 882-3302

Send your entries to:

Jessica Castillo, Calendar Contest
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
P.O. Box 26727
Tucson, AZ 85726-6727

If you are concerned that someone you know is experiencing hunger, please call the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at (520) 622-0525 to ask what we can do to help. Parents can call us and ask about particular programs or speak with an advocate.

2013 Hunger Walk


One in four children in Arizona do not know where their next meal is coming from. Your support in the Hunger Walk can help feed families, seniors and children in your community. Individuals and teams consisting of family, friends, co-workers and members of many other organizations all across southern Arizona, come together on one day to walk and make a difference in the fight against hunger. Donations will benefit the local area you walk in! Thank you so much.

Hunger Walk Registration: $10 for Adult Registration. Children are free to walk; $5 for Child Registration with T-shirt.

Learn More, Register or Support a Team at


Returning Walker? Click to go to your Participant Center:


Hunger Walk Sponsors 2013



Green Valley: Summer Concert Series at Posada Java (La Posada) to Benefit the Green Valley-Sahuarita Food Bank


Community Food Bank is Providing Warehouse & Truck Driving Support to Help with the Ongoing Tornado Relief Efforts

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s George Fahrman is in Oklahoma to help the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma with tornado relief duties.  Fahrman, Food Bank Transportation Coordinator and CDL driver began work on May 29th in the Moore, Oklahoma area.


Feeding America, a network of member food banks, sent out an appeal for help for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and their relief efforts following the devastating tornado on May 20, 2013.  They had equipment and food supplies, but lacked truck drivers.  Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank CEO asked for volunteers from the staff to assist in Oklahoma and George Fahrman stepped forward.

Fahrman’s current duties involve driving semi-truck loads of food and water from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to a food bank, local churches and other distribution points in Moore.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has as history of helping in times of disaster.  The Community Food Bank assisted with disaster relief efforts by supplying staff and equipment during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008.

For more information, please contact Jacob Coldsmith at (520) 882-3288.

Free Garden Workshops this Summer in Green Valley


Open to anyone interested in gardening! All classes are free, donations are appreciated.

Please register online at
Or contact Linda Strader, 784-4669

Download Flyer

Seating is limited so sign up now! Register Today.

Please join us for a free Garden Workshop this Summer in Green Valley.

Workshop Locations: 

Green Valley Library
601 N. La Canada Dr. (Green Valley)

Anamax Park Recreation Center Room
1750 S. Camino de las Quintas (Green Valley)


Workshop Topics:

Home Canning, Freezing and Drying
What’s wrong with my garden?!
Making Flavored Oils for Dipping
Planning your Fall Garden

Register for a Workshop

May is Older Americans Month

According to the study Hunger in America 2010, 30 percent of seniors who rely on our local food pantries for help have had to choose between paying for food and paying for medical care.

This is now a reality for even more seniors as they find themselves unemployed during the recent economic downturn. Older workers experienced longer than average periods of unemployment and now have less income to spend on necessities as a result of missing out on potential wages, prematurely tapping into social security, or finding themselves with reduced wages after regaining employment.

Although food insecurity—not having access to enough food for an active or healthy life—affects people of all ages, older Americans are particularly at risk because they have unique nutritional needs related to aging and/or medical conditions. To meet these needs, seniors at risk of hunger often depend on local food pantries for help. Among food pantry clients 65 and older, more than half reported visiting on a monthly basis, the highest of any age group.



Charity alone cannot solve senior hunger in our community. In addition to generous private donations and community partnerships, we rely on federal programs, like the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), to supply nutritious monthly food packages to low-income seniors, and help connect seniors to other programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to ensure they have groceries to last them through the month. As elected officials make decisions about state and federal budgets, it’s important that our community know that many of our seniors right here in Southern Arizona rely on both federal nutrition programs and food banks to get by each month.

Together, we can provide hope to seniors and families in need.