Punch Woods Endowment Grant for Community Food Security
The Punch Woods Endowment for Community Food Security, established by the Board of Directors of the Community Food Bank, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona on June 18, 2002, is dedicated and limited to supporting Community Food Security programs.
Community Food Security (CFS) is the state in which persons obtain a nutritionally adequate, culturally acceptable diet through local non-emergency sources. CFS programs build strong, sustainable, local food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to all people at all times. This includes physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet their dietary needs for a productive and healthy life.
To this end, the Punch Woods Endowment supports programs that include, but are not limited to, such activities as:
- Urban agriculture;
- Community and back yard gardens;
- Increased access to affordable fresh produce;
- Farmers’ markets;
- Training on food processing: preservation, preparation and marketing;
- Nutrition education and food self-reliance;
- Training and support expenses of volunteers and staff dedicated to CFS;
- Workshops, video productions and retreats.
The Punch Woods Endowment is based upon guiding principles. The endowment can only be invested in socially responsible funds. Funding will be restricted to Arizona with a preference given to Southern Arizona. The investments shall be placed in profitable companies with outstanding employee relations, strong records of community involvement, excellent environmental policies and practices, respect for human rights around the world and safe and useful products. Investments shall be diverted away from nuclear weapons, other weapons, racist and sexist policies, anti-labor policies, environmental pollution, nuclear power, production of unsafe or unhealthy products, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and oppressive governments abroad.