U of A Spring Fling

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will be on hand at the University of Arizona’s Spring Fling again this year. And we’re teaming up for a great promotion: bring four cans of food to donate, and receive $5 off one unlimited ride wristband!

Arizona Gives Day

From midnight tonight and all day tomorrow, Wednesday, April 9th, supporters like you can go to AZgives.org and show your support by giving to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

You can help create immediate and enduring change right here in your community. Your gifts will go directly to ensure the people of Southern Arizona have access to nutritious food.

Arizona Gives Day is a 24-hour online fundraiser to raise awareness and financial support for a variety of nonprofits in Arizona. We encourage you to make a difference by investing in your Community Food Bank.

Stamp Out Hunger

For the 22nd Year the Annual National Association of Letter Carriers

“Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive Will Benefit Local Communities

For the 22nd 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 10, 2013 for the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive.  This is Southern Arizona’s largest single day food drive.

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 10th.   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.

Earth Day 2014 Festival

FRIDAY, APRIL 18,10 A.M. -2 P.M.

Presented by the University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus Green Team. Come celebrate a more sustainable future, recycle various items and help the Community Food Bank with donations. In addition to a farmers market and UAMC dietitians, featured vendors include: Mark’s Ace Hardware, Brooklyn Pizza, Community Food Bank, Shaklee, Technicians for Sustainability, Tucson Botanical Garden, Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society, Tucson Clean & Beautiful…and more!

We are collecting non-perishable food donations for the Community Food Bank and raffles will be held for prizes.


Quilt 2014


Enter RaffleDon’t miss your chance to win a handmade Amish quilt! This year’s quilt features the Linking Hearts pattern coordinated with red, green and ivory fabric with a detailed border.

This appliqued quilt was hand quilted by an Amish woman from Pennsylvania Dutch Country. This queen-sized quilt is perfect for any bedroom in your home.

Proceeds from last year’s quilt raffle totaled over $100,000 which allowed us to provide enough groceries for over 429,000 meals! Hungry families will be able to sit down for a healthy meal because of your gift.

There is a suggested minimum donation of $10.00 per ticket. Your donation is fully tax deductible. To participate please call (520) 622-0525 or click here to purchase raffle tickets onlineThe drawing will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014. There is no need to be present at the drawing. The winner will be contacted by phone.

A portion of every dollar you send between March 1 and April 30, 2014 will be eligible for a match by the Feinstein Foundation. Give generously!

Community Food Bank at the SAHBA Home Show

The Community Food Bank will be partnering with the SAHBA Spring Home & Patio Show this year. Home Show attendees will get an additional $1 discount from their admission for bringing a canned good or non-perishable food item to the show.


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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Desert Harvester Workshops at Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

2014 Desert Harvester Series at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market

The 2014 Desert Harvester Series at the Santa Cruz River Farmers’ Market will kick off on Thursday, March 6, 2014 and run through Thursday, November 21, 2014.  The Market is located in the Mercado San Agustin at 100 S. Avenida de Convento (near the corner of Congress and Grande) [View Larger Map].

The Desert Harvest is a series of workshops, cooking demonstrations and informational activities about native foods and plants of our area and how to make better use of them.


The workshop topics will be:

March 6, 3:00-6:00 PM – Wild Winter Edible Greens

April 3, 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Cholla Buds with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

May 15, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Nopalitos with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

June 5, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Mesquite Harvesting with Aravaipa Heirlooms’ Jeau Allen

June 19, 4”00 to 7:00 PM – Bean Trees with Barbara Rose.

July 17, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Verdolagas with Sara Jones from Tucson CSA

August 14, 4:00 to 7:00 PM – Prickly Pear Fruit with Amy Valdés Schwemm.

November 20, 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Annual Mesquite Milling with the Las Milpitas Farm and Barbara Rose.

December 4, , 3:00 to 6:00 PM – Barrel Cactus Fruit with Jill Lorenzini

Download Flyer Desert Harvest Series 2014 


Download Desert Harvester Flyer

All workshops are free and open to the public.

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. 

For more information, contact Nadia Delgado at (520) 882-3304 or visit the Farmers’ Market Page



Learn more about harvesting & milling mesquite from the Desert Harvesters: http://www.desertharvesters.org/mesquite-in-the-kitchen/harvesting-processing/


UA4Food 2014 Kicks Off on March 3rd to    UA_4 Food_RGB_web

Benefit the Community Food Bank for the Tenth Consecutive Year


Tucson:  For the tenth consecutive year, UA4Food will combine the efforts of University of Arizona students, faculty and staff to fight hunger.  Proceeds from this year’s UA4Food Drive will benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s hunger relief programs.

The UA4Food Drive is a program of The University of Arizona Office of Community Relations and is supported by the Marshall Foundation.  Detailed information is available at www.ua4food.arizona.edu.

Various organizations on campus will conduct individual food drives throughout the school year.  Organizations and dates for the food drives follow:

  • UA4Food Faculty and Staff Drive – March 3 – April 1, 2014 – Check the UA4Food Web site for participating departments and ambassadors.  Give easily and securely through the Community Food Bank’s virtual giving center at http://give.communityfoodbank.org/ua4food.

Contacts:  Sheila McGinnis at 626-4671 or Lou Medran at 449-8340.

  • Staff Advisory Council “Stuff the CatTran” – Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:00 AM to 7 PM – At the CatTran Passenger Drop Off Zone at Cherry & University.

Participate in the fifth annual “Stuff the CatTran” event organized by the Staff Advisory Council, Parking & Transportation Services and UA Community Relations.  Community members are also encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items.  Cash contributions will be accepted.  Drive up drop-off will be available.

Contact: Claudia Arias at (520) 621-2546. 

  • Spring Fling 2012 Food DriveApril 11, 2014, 4:00 – 10:00 PM – Combine fun with philanthropy! Receive $5.00 off your Spring Fling wrist band purchase with a donation of four (4) cans of food. Web site:  www.springfling.arizona.edu

ContactJared Young at 621-5610.


For information on the UA4Food Drive, contact Sheila McGinnis at the University of Arizona Office of Community Relations, 626-4671 or log on to www.ua4food.arizona.edu.

To make a secure online monetary donation directly to combat hunger in Southern Arizona go to the Community Food Bank’s virtual giving center at http://give.communityfoodbank.org/ua4food. (Every dollar donated = 4 meals to local people in need!)

Let’s Can Hunger Food Drive February 22

Food drive flyer

Saturday February 22
Walmart Supercenter at El Con

Food drive to address the urgent need for hunger relief in the Tucson community. Presented by UA Enactus.