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.


TRICO Power Cooperative Makes $5,000 Power Grant Donation to Marana Community Food Bank for Peanut Butter

The Marana Community Food Bank has announced that it received a $5,000 TRICO Electric Cooperative Power Grant.  The grant has been used to purchase peanut butter with help from the Fry’s Food Store # 689 at Tangerine and Thornydale.

The Marana Food Bank has seen an increase in demand for food assistance, while the amount of food available for distribution is decreasing.  Recent holiday food drive donations decreased by 40% over the same time last year. The cost of purchasing food, due to poor weather conditions in the South, has increased the price of peanut butter dramatically.

Each family food box distributed at the Marana Community Food Bank includes two jars of peanut butter per month.  “Most children like peanut butter and it’s a good source of protein for lunches and after school snacks,” commented Linda Hampton, Food Bank Executive Director.  “This help from TRICO Electric Cooperative could not have come at a better time to replenish our peanut butter supplies.”

The Marana Community Food Bank is a branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and serves more than 2,300 families monthly in the areas of Marana, Rillito, Avra Valley, Oro Valley and northwest Tucson.  It is located at 11734 W. Grier Road, Marana, Arizona 85653

For information about receiving food assistance from the Marana Food Bank, call (520) 682-3001.


left to right are Vicki Sibley, Fry’s Food Store #689 manager, Linda Hampton, Marana Community Food Bank Executive Director and Romi Carrell Wittman, Director of Communications TRICO Electric Power Cooperative, Inc.

Feinstein Challenge to Match Gifts from March 1 to April 30, 2013

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Donations of cash and food made between March 1 and April 30, 2013 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 16th consecutive year, $1 million will be divided among hunger-fighting agencies nationwide, including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

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 great opportunity for local communities to come together and have their contributions of food and dollars matched by the Feinstein Challenge to benefit local families in need,” said Bill Carnegie, Food Bank President/CEO.  “These donations are needed now more than ever.”

To make donations eligible for the Feinstein Challenge, they must be received by the Community Food Bank between March 1 and April 30, 2013.  Donations may be made online or by calling Liz Westrick at (520) 882-3296.

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“Good Vibrations and Food Donations” a Sixties Dance to Benefit the Marana Community Food Bank

The Marana Community Food Bank is presenting an evening of reminiscing and fun
on Saturday April 6, 2013
at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse in Dove Mountain.

Good Vibrations

photo booth           silent auction          cash bar           raffle prizes

Printable Flyer

Printable Registration Sheet

Generously sponsored by

Good Vibrations – Food Donations
is a return to the 60s dance featuring the Sixties Garage Band

Your participation will ensure that the Marana Community Food Bank
can continue its work in meeting the food needs of the hungry in
Marana, Picture Rocks, Avra Valley and northwest Tucson.

This year’s silent auction and raffle include a tantalizing array of art, jewelry, restaurant gift cards and other surprises including A WEEKEND FOR TWO AT THE RITZ-CARLTON WITH DINNER AND SPA TREATMENTS!

Time: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
4949B W. Heritage Club Blvd.
Marana, AZ 85658
United States

Write-a-Will Workshops 2013


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!


2013 Workshops


Thursday, March 21
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Jeremy Sohn

The Highlands
at Dove Mountain
4949 W. Heritage Club
Marana, AZ

Tuesday, April 2
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Tim Olcott

BBVA Compass
81 W. Esperanza Blvd
Green Valley, AZ

Thursday, May 2
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Spilotoro

Northern Trust
6444 E. Tanque Verde
Tucson, AZ




To reserve your space, RSVP by calling Trudie Beestrum at (520) 622-0525 ext. 268

WinterFest and Footfalls for Food to benefit the Marana Community Food Bank

WinterFest and Footfalls for Food to benefit the Marana Community Food Bank

On February 23, 2013 Saint Anthony Media presents WinterFest and Footfalls for Food to benefit the Marana Comm
unity Food Bank.  In addition to the 100 vehicle classic car show, the 30 booth vendor fair, loads of children’s activities, food  and entertainment, one man will be running for 12 hours to raise money for the food bank!  You can support this Herculean effort by making a pledge HERE.  and you can come watch Dan run through the festival at Twin Peaks and Silverbell Road from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Dan will run from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Support Footfalls for Food HERE


The WinterFest festival is Free!



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.

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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.