Feinstein Challenge to Match Gifts from March 1 to April 30, 2014

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Donations of cash and food made between March 1 and April 30, 2014 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 17th consecutive year, $1 million will be divided among hunger-fighting agencies nationwide, including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and its branch food banks.

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 wonderful opportunity for local businesses, schools, churches and communities to come together and have their contributions of food or dollars matched by the Feinstein Challenge to benefit local families in need,” said Michael McDonald, Community Food Bank CEO.

To make donations eligible for the Feinstein Challenge, they must be received by the Community Food Bank between March 1 and April 30, 2014.  Donations may be made online or by calling (520) 882-3296.


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Buddy’s Bazaar at Walter Douglas Elementary School to Continue Through the End of the School Year

Buddy’s Bazaar at Walter Douglas Elementary School to Continue Through the End of the School Year

Buddy’s Bazaar, a fresh produce monthly donation program at Walter Douglas Elementary School, will continue February through the end of the school year. The Bazaar is designed to provide fresh produce for kids primarily in the Flowing Well area and is sponsored by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  It is funded by a $2,500 grant from BBVA Compass Bank and a $2,500 donation from the Hagar Family Foundation.

The fresh produce for Buddy’s Bazaar is primarily collected from the Nogales Community Food Bank, a branch bank of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  The types of fresh produce available, each month, may vary, but generally will consist of salad mix, bell peppers, squash, watermelons and other healthy foods.

For more information, please contact Joy Tucker at (520) 882-3300.

Learn how you can help local children who are suffering from food insecurity.



Request the Community Food Bank’s 2014 Kids Calendar

They make great holiday gifts! Limited supply available, so request yours today.

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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.

Limit 2 calendars per household.

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National Call-In Day – Lend Your Voice December 4

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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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Need immediate food assistance or SNAP application assistance?
Contact the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at (520) 882-3314

When will I see the drop in benefits? Cuts go into effect on November 1, 2013, so the SNAP benefit amount you receive will be less in November and each month after. This is a permanent benefit cut.   How much will my total benefit cut be? SNAP benefits are based on monthly income and expenses and household size. Your actual benefit cut will vary according to your household, but this chart provides the maximum cut that each household size could experience. Why are my benefits going down? SNAP benefits are being cut because of legislative decisions made by the United States  Congress in 2010. You should be aware that Congress is considering additional cuts to SNAP benefit levels and eligibility. You can help prevent these cuts by calling or emailing your members of Congress. Learn more here: www.feedingamerica.org/SNAPCuts  Where can I get additional support? To find your local food bank and to learn more about the upcoming cut to your SNAP benefits, go to www.feedingamerica.org/SNAPCuts

FOR AGENCIES:

SNAP CUTS Information Flyer (English & Spanish) - Feeding America

ARIZONA SNAP CUTS Information Flyer (English) - Arizona Association of Food Banks

FOR ADVOCATES:

Become an advocate today: www.communityfoodbank.org/advocate  Stay updated on local hunger issues and grassroots action.

Contact your Representatives directly and ask them to protect nutrition programs.

 

FOR CLIENTS:

Need immediate food assistance or SNAP application assistance?

Contact the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at (520) 882-3314

Online Information & Application SNAP (Food Stamps)

ARIZONA SNAP CUTS Information Flyer (English) - Arizona Association of Food Banks


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



Community Food Bank to Continue Most Services During Government Shutdown

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, its agency partners and four branch food banks, will continue most of its services, for the time being, during the current Government Shutdown.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Food Plus in Arizona (CSFP): We have the authority to distribute from our current inventory of Food Boxes.  However, Pima County has been barred from processing new applications or reauthorizing those that have expired.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): Food Box distribution will continue as usual with current inventory. We also have authority to distribute any shipments that arrive.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, will continue operations and eligible households will still receive monthly benefits for October.

The Child Nutrition (CN) Programs: School Lunch, School Breakfast, the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service will continue operations into October.

There will be no interruption of Farmers’ Market Vouchers.

For additional information, please contact Heath Butrum at (701) 318-1629.

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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 hbutrum@communityfoodbank.org (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

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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 www.cfbsnapchallenge.org, 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 hbutrum@communityfoodbank.org.  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. www.cfbsnapchallenge.org

 

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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!
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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 www.communityfoodbank.org/ham.  One event or suggestion on how to help will be highlighted each day.


Some highlighted events for “Hunger Action Month 2013” are:

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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 volunteer@communityfoodbank.org 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 www.communityfoodbank.org/ham for details.

For more information, please contact Jack Parris at 520-882-3287 or Cell at 520-444-5412.

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ENTRIES WANTED: 2014 CALENDAR CONTEST FOR KIDS!

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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.
  • HAVE FUN!

 Materials:

For questions:

jcastillo@communityfoodbank.org
(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.