Valentine’s Day ECard

This Valentine’s Day, honor someone you love with a gift in their name to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona!

Make a donation in your valentine’s honor and we will send them a personalized E-card letting them know the difference they have helped to make!

For every dollar you donate, the food bank can provide 4 meals to people in need.

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Please give us a call if you have any questions or if you would like a physical paper Valentine’s Card at (520) 882-3296.



Hifalutin Red Hatters 6th Annual Gaslight Theatre Performance

Community Food Bank to Benefit From “Hifalutin Red Hatters”
6th Annual 
Gaslight Theatre Performance on January 26, 2014 

Tucson:  The Hifalutin Red Hatters will hold their 6th annual benefit for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Gaslight Theatre at 3:00 PM.  The Gaslight Theatre is located at 7010 E. Broadway in Tucson.

After the performance of “The Belle of Tombstone” and everyone has had chance to boo the villain and cheer the hero and heroines, the Red Hatters will present a check to Michael McDonald, Community Food Bank Chief Executive Officer.

Although the performance is sold out, the “Hifalutin Red Hatters” invite the public to drop off non-perishable donations food items at the Gaslight Theatre before the performance between 2:00 and 3:00 PM.  A Community Food Bank truck will be in the parking lot to receive donations.  Most needed items, at this time, are peanut butter, cereal/granola bars, canned meat, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit and canned tomato products.

“Several years ago our chapter,  the Highfalutin Red Hatters of Tucson,  decided we could have fun friendships, freedom and fulfillment while supporting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona,” said member, Sandra Reino. “This is our sixth year and with the support of our families, friends, Red Hat Sisters, and co-workers we have donated an average of $1,800 and 500 pounds of food each year.”

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



2014 Free Garden Workshops

2014 Spring Garden Workshops 

Advance registration is required: Register online! >> www.communityfoodbank.com/gardenworkshops or contact Melissa Mundt at the Community Food Bank mmundt@communityfoodbank.com, 882-3303

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If you have special needs, such as child care or interpretation we will endeavor to make arrangements with advance notice.

All workshops are free unless otherwise specified. Donations are appreciated!

LOCATIONS:

Contact us for questions or directions.

  • CFB Garden: Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club, through playground on west side of building
  • Las Milpitas Farm: 2405 Cottonwood Rd, west of I-10 south of  Silverlake 

Open to anyone interested in gardening!

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Classes Fill Quickly! Register Online Now.



Empty Bowls to benefit the Marana Community Food Bank

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A luncheon to fight hunger!

Tuesday February 11, 2014 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:
Marana Community Center 13251 N. Lon Adams Road
(just behind the Geasa Marana Library)

Requested donation:
$10 per person

Featuring delicious hot soups donated and served by the Ritz-Carlton Resort of Dove Mountain, the Highlands of Dove Mountain, Beyond Bread, other local restaurants, and introducing Caridad Community Kitchen, a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Hundreds of ceramic bowls to choose from and exciting raffle opportunities.

More information: contact us at (520) 682-3001 ext. 202

All proceeds from this Empty Bowls Event will benefit the Marana Food Bank! The Marana Community Food Bank serves Marana, Rillito, Cortaro & Twin Peaks areas.



UofA Nutrition Students Serve Meals to Kids

UofA Nutrition Students Serve Meals to Kids
by Austin, Community Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club Volunteer & NSC395A Student.

As a Senior at the University of Arizona I thought that I had done and seen all that there is to see as a student. Then I received an email two weeks prior to the start of the fall semester with information about a new experimental class titled NSC395a. The email said that the class would emphasize volunteering while also discussing crucial issues in class. Reading over the description I thought this class sounded like an easy A, however I was unaware of all that I would learn throughout the course of the semester. I was assigned to volunteer through the Community Food Bank to serve meals to children at the Boys and Girls Club of America. Never did I think that I would take so much from one experience, working with these children really changed my perspective on the power of volunteering. The children I work with are from the lowest socio-economic status in Tucson with 85 percent of them living in poverty, and 15 percent of those children living in extreme poverty.

Going to the club house to serve meals to these children has been a life changing event. To see the look in the eyes of children that might not eat a meal all day other than the one I am serving to them, it makes you think about your own life and what you take for granted. One child in particular stood out to me, he comes from a broken home of a single mother struggling to raise five children. He gets in trouble a lot due to the lack of discipline in his life and shear frustration of his living arrangement. I still remember the day he told me that the meal I served him was the only one he would eat that day; it was heart breaking. He told us that the bus which takes him to school gets there too late to enjoy the free breakfast, and how most days at lunch the line is too long and he misses out on the free lunch as well. This boy was hungry and you could see it in his eyes.

The fall semester has now come to an end, I hope to continue to be involved in the program in the future. I will now share with you the mission statement of the Boys and Girls club: “We serve those that need help the most”. Never has a statement been so true, the children I work with appreciate all we do for them as volunteers and I appreciate the opportunity to give back. NSC395a has given me the greatest gift of all, the gift of giving. Through giving of my time I and all of our time, as student volunteers, we are changing the lives of those we interact with. That is what this class is truly about; giving back to the community, the very community surrounding our University. Most students forget about those that live outside of the square mile campus that is the U of A, however through classes like NSC395a we will not only remember them, we will see them, we will know them, and if we are lucky enough we might even get the chance to make a difference in just one of their lives.

Learn how you can get involved in the Community Food Bank’s childhood hunger & nutrition programs.



SACEA Shred-a-thon

January 11, 2014
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
SACEA Shred-a-thon
Target Shopping Center
at 6400 E. Grant Road

Requesting $5 per box or 3 non-perishable food items.  



All Things Food Class Starts Jan 16 ~ Sign Up Now

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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

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All Things Food Class! Free, but seating is limited. Please Sign Up Below:

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Holiday Challenge! Four Local Families Will Match Up to $110,000 in Online Donations until December 31, 2013

Community Food Bank’s Holiday Challenge, Presented by Four Local Families,  

Will Match Up to $110,000 in Online Donations until December 31, 2013 

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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.

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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.

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For more information on the Community Food Bank’s Holiday Challenge, contact Sio Castillo at (520) 882-3308.



Mr. An’s Holiday Food Drive

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FRIDAY, DEC. 13TH Mr. An’s Turkey Drive       6091 N Oracle Road | 6am-6:30pm

Mr. An, will be holding a food drive to benefit hungry families this holiday season!

Stop by Mr. An’s | Teppan Steak, Sushi, & Seafood to drop off a holiday donation for the hungry.

See a list of the food bank’s most needed items.

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!