Annual Arts/Crafts/Community Fair & Food Drive

5th Annual Arts/Crafts/Community Fair

February 22, 2014
333 E. Wetmore Road [MAP]

Arts, crafts and more! Over 70 Vendors. Kid’s Activities. Great Food. Treasures4Teachers, Kids Animal Life & Dreams. Ironwood Ridge High School Culinary Club. Event hosted by Pioneers a Volunteer Network.

There will be a food bank representative collecting food donations if you want to bring a can to donate!

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Why-a-Will Workshops 2014


Why a Will?


A will can help you voice your values and wishes, and ensure they are respected. It also will alleviate your family of the burden of trying to guess your final wishes, and prevent the confusion that can result when there is no will.

Write-a-Will Workshops

Join us for a free workshop with a top estate planning attorney!
The Community Food Bank is offering you free workshops on updating and creating your will. Don’t miss this opportunity!

2014 Workshops


Thursday, March 6
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Kay Richter

Community Food Bank
3003 S. Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ

Tuesday, March 11
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Tim Olcott

Friends In Deed
Room C
301 W Camino Casa Verde
Green Valley, AZ

Monday, March 17
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Elizabeth Spilotro

Caremore at 4821 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ
(SW corner River & Stone)




To reserve your space, RSVP by calling Erin Glockner at (520) 449-8339

Community Interactive – POVERTY: The Working Poor



POVERTY: The Working Poor

Wednesday, February 12 from 6:30 – 8 pm Fox Theatre, Tucson (FREE)

Join Michael McDonald of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and other local panelists on Feb 12th at 6:30pm at the Fox Theatre for an engaging and informative discussion on poverty in Southern Arizona! FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Want to learn more? Visit

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is participating in a solution-driven conversation on the challenges and potential solutions to poverty in Southern Arizona at Community Interactive – POVERTY: The Working Poor.  Do you have questions you want answered? Email


Tucson’s poverty rates remained among the nation’s highest last year, with one in five living below the poverty threshold. Although Pima County’s poverty rate held steady in 2012 at 20 percent, the poverty rate among children was 29 percent. Many elderly, veterans, and single mothers in Pima County are struggling each and every day to survive; even while working one, two, sometimes three jobs. They just might be your neighbor, or a family member. How does one become part of the ‘working poor’? Who is doing what to help? Is it working? How does one escape poverty? Talking won’t solve the problem but perhaps by bringing people and ideas together we can move the needle towards sustained, positive change.

Neal Conan, award-winning journalist, producer, and former host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation will moderate the first Community Interactive: POVERTY :The Working Poor. Joining him will be a panel of educators, social service professionals, and others working every day to help people in need. Including the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona’s President & CEO Michael McDonald!

POVERTY: The Working Poor event will be free to the public. The community is encouraged to participate and submit questions prior to the event at, on azpm’s facebook page or Select questions will be presented at the live event for discussion.

Community Interactive – POVERTY: The Working Poor event will be streamed live at, and available on demand and broadcast on WORLD on Wednesday, February 19 at 9:30 p.m. and on the UA Channel on Thursday, February 20 at 8 p.m.

AZPM will feature the issue on news programming including, AZ Illustrated on PBS 6 and on NPR 89.1.

The series is produced in partnership by Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, with support from COX Communications and the Arizona Daily Star.

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.

WinterFest 2014 to benefit the Marana Community Food Bank

Marana WinterFest 2014 is Jan 25 come stop by at Harley-Davidson in Marana
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Marana Host Lions and Harley-Davidson present Winterfest 2014.

Free event to benefit the Marana Community Food Bank.

Marana Winterfest Event this Saturday, January 25th at the Harley Davidson Store near Ina & I-10 Frontage Road. In addition to the classic car show, the vendor fair, loads of children’s activities, Harley-Davidson’s Annual Used Part Swap Meet, food, music and entertainment, one man will be running for 12 hours to raise money for the Marana Community Food Bank! Finish Line Party from 2-3 pm.

Vendor booths are available for $60 or be a corporate sponsor for $250. For additional information, contact Kathy Miller at Canyon Community Bank (520)544-2900.


Valentine’s Day ECard

This Valentine’s Day, honor someone you love with a gift in their name to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona!

Make a donation in your valentine’s honor and we will send them a personalized E-card letting them know the difference they have helped to make!

For every dollar you donate, the food bank can provide 4 meals to people in need.





Please give us a call if you have any questions or if you would like a physical paper Valentine’s Card at (520) 882-3296.

Hifalutin Red Hatters 6th Annual Gaslight Theatre Performance

Community Food Bank to Benefit From “Hifalutin Red Hatters”
6th Annual 
Gaslight Theatre Performance on January 26, 2014 

Tucson:  The Hifalutin Red Hatters will hold their 6th annual benefit for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at the Gaslight Theatre at 3:00 PM.  The Gaslight Theatre is located at 7010 E. Broadway in Tucson.

After the performance of “The Belle of Tombstone” and everyone has had chance to boo the villain and cheer the hero and heroines, the Red Hatters will present a check to Michael McDonald, Community Food Bank Chief Executive Officer.

Although the performance is sold out, the “Hifalutin Red Hatters” invite the public to drop off non-perishable donations food items at the Gaslight Theatre before the performance between 2:00 and 3:00 PM.  A Community Food Bank truck will be in the parking lot to receive donations.  Most needed items, at this time, are peanut butter, cereal/granola bars, canned meat, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit and canned tomato products.

“Several years ago our chapter,  the Highfalutin Red Hatters of Tucson,  decided we could have fun friendships, freedom and fulfillment while supporting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona,” said member, Sandra Reino. “This is our sixth year and with the support of our families, friends, Red Hat Sisters, and co-workers we have donated an average of $1,800 and 500 pounds of food each year.”

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

2014 Free Garden Workshops

2014 Spring Garden Workshops 

Advance registration is required: Register online! >> or contact Melissa Mundt at the Community Food Bank, 882-3303


If you have special needs, such as child care or interpretation we will endeavor to make arrangements with advance notice.

All workshops are free unless otherwise specified. Donations are appreciated!


Contact us for questions or directions.

  • CFB Garden: Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club, through playground on west side of building
  • Las Milpitas Farm: 2405 Cottonwood Rd, west of I-10 south of  Silverlake 

Open to anyone interested in gardening!

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Classes Fill Quickly! Register Online Now.

Empty Bowls to benefit the Marana Community Food Bank


A luncheon to fight hunger!

Tuesday February 11, 2014 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Marana Community Center 13251 N. Lon Adams Road
(just behind the Geasa Marana Library)

Requested donation:
$10 per person

Featuring delicious hot soups donated and served by the Ritz-Carlton Resort of Dove Mountain, the Highlands of Dove Mountain, Beyond Bread, other local restaurants, and introducing Caridad Community Kitchen, a program of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Hundreds of ceramic bowls to choose from and exciting raffle opportunities.

More information: contact us at (520) 682-3001 ext. 202

All proceeds from this Empty Bowls Event will benefit the Marana Food Bank! The Marana Community Food Bank serves Marana, Rillito, Cortaro & Twin Peaks areas.

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.