2013 Hunger Walk

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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 http://hungerwalkarizona.org

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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.

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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.

 



National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive

NALC_201321ST Annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive to Benefit the Community Food Bank

For the 21st consecutive year the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will team up to collect donations on Saturday, May 11, 2013 for the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive.  This is Southern Arizona’s largest single day food drive.

“The 2013 Letter Carriers Food Drive is more important than ever,” said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank President/CEO.  “Our food donations are down this year and we need our community to step forward and make this year’s food drive an enormous success.”

To help “Stamp Out Hunger” in Southern Arizona, residents are asked leave a bag of non-perishable food, such as canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, peanut butter, canned fruit or canned tomato products next to their mail box before the time of their mail delivery on Saturday, May 11th.   Food should be in non-breakable containers.  Letter carriers and volunteers will collect the food donations and forward them to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Collect & bag non-perishable food items*. (See our Most Need Items)
  2. Place by mailbox for your letter carrier to deliver to your local food bank.

Monetary donations will be accepted for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive and on-line donations may be made as well:

For further information, contact the NALC Branch #704 at (520) 323-2117 or Jack Parris at (520) 882-3287.

*Items to avoid:
-Items in glass containers (Glass can break in transit and endanger our volunteers/staff)
-Items that will melt or perish in the heat:
(No chocolate, candy, fresh produce, frozen or refrigerated items)
-Soda/beverages and Non-food items

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Stuart Love, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 704 with Bill Carnegie standing in front of 495,000 bags which will be used for the Letter Carriers Drive this year.



Sam Levitz Furniture to Present $20,000 Check to Community Food Bank

Sam R. Levitz, President of Sam Levitz Furniture will present Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank CEO with a check for $20,000 on Thursday, April 11th at 10:30 AM.  The presentation will take place at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, 3003 S. Country Club Road in the Food Plus area.

The donation is from the Sam Levitz Furniture 60th Anniversary Celebration that was recently completed.  A portion of every sale, during this campaign, was donated to help feed hungry families in our community.  This $20,000 will enable the Community Food Bank to distribute $180,000 worth of food.

“This donation from Sam Levitz Furniture could not have come at a better time for the Food Bank,” commented, Carnegie.  “Our donations are down this year and this check will help close that gap.  We deeply appreciate Levitz’ generosity.”

Sam Levitz Furniture is a family owned and operated business founded in 1953 with three Sam Levitz locations, a Sam’s Furniture Outlet and an Ashley Home Store in the Tucson area.

Following the check presentation, there will be opportunities for interviews and photographs.

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



Arizona Gives Day!

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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.

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From midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., supporters of the Community Food Bank can go on to www.AZgives.org  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 www.AZgives.org or call 520-622-0525.

 



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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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.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO:

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.

THE NEXT MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO:

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 www.GiveVoice.org or www.councilofnonprofits.org 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.

HOW TO HELP:

Step 1: Follow local & national hunger advocates on Twitter and Facebook

Twitter: @foodbanktucson FOLLOW US | FOLLOW FEEDING AMERICA
Facebook:  COMMUNITY FOOD BANK, INC. | 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) 

#SNAPworks
#protectgiving

Bonus Hash Tags 

#FoodBanks
#SNAP
#hunger
#WIC
#FiscalCliff

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.

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*this link will take you off the Community Food Bank’s page and onto Feeding America’s donation page.