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

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:



Select Classes You Will Attend (Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend all five classes):
Dietary Restrictions:

Mardi Gras 2014!



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.

2010 tax credit

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.

Mr. An’s Holiday Food Drive


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!

Nova Financial Turkey Drive – Dec 12

THURSDAY, DEC. 12TH Nova Financial Turkey Drive | 6am-6:30pm |  1650 E. River Rd.  just west of Campbell.

13 Gives Back & Volpe Team are holding a food drive for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at
Nova Home Loans 1650 E. River Road (River & Campbell) from 6am-6:30 pm.

Sponsored by Volpe Team with Nova Home Loans.  

Your support makes a difference! Check out the Community Food Bank Most Needed Items List. Any amount helps!
Thank you to everyone for helping to make sure local families don’t go hungry this holiday season.

Donate to feed local hungry families now at Tucson News Now – 13 Gives Back Virtual Food Drive.


Shop Local for the Holidays & Support your Local Non-profit


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.

Download flyer and spread the word!




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.

Learn More: http://www.foodconspiracy.coop/event/sixth-annual-chicken-coop-tour/

Ticket Sales

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.


National Call-In Day – Lend Your Voice December 4

Don't take my plate

National Call-In Day. December 4, 2013

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:

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. Repeat the process to make sure you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
  5. 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! 
Learn More:

Contact your Representatives by email and ask them to protect nutrition programs.

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