Community Food Resource Center

The Community Food Resource Center works to build a community where all people at all times have access to sufficient food for a healthy life—a food secure community.

Since 1976, the Community Food Bank has met the food needs of hungry people. In 2001, the Community Food Resource Center was established to pursue a comprehensive strategy to support people in providing healthy food for themselves and families in the long term. The vision of the center reflects the concept of community food security


EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY

  • We address hunger from infancy to adulthood through numerous programs that fill in the gaps where schools, food stamps and other assistance programs leave off.

  • The Farm-to-Child Program improves children’s access to healthy food in schools and the preschool/childcare environment. We use our expertise in growing food to help parents and teachers learn to garden. We provide technical assistance and workshops, troubleshooting and training on issues such as composting, hen raising, aquaponics, container- and in-ground gardening, and food safety. Kids involved in gardening show an increased preference for fruits and vegetables, increases in scientific achievements, and overall improved attitudes, knowledge, and academic achievement.

 


FOOD PRODUCTION AND DESERT GARDENING EDUCATION

  • An opportunity for home gardeners and small farmers to sell their produce and other locally produced food products (honey, eggs, etc.) on consignment at the Farmers’ Markets.

  • Harvesting, primarily during citrus season (January thru April), of fruits and vegetables from area homes, schools, farms, and the University of Arizona for distribution to Food Bank clients.

  • An urban community farm that provides educational opportunities, capacity building, and a place for area residents to grow their own food. It also serves as a working demonstration site in desert food production, composting, ecological restoration, and permaculture for the greater Tucson community. The Farm welcomes youth and adults for volunteer and educational opportunities.

  • A 7,000 square foot garden on the northwest corner of the Food Bank grounds. The garden is managed organically with two 10′ X 10′ compost bins, a 15′ X 15′ greenhouse, and a spacious hen house. The garden demonstrates and promotes desert food production methods and provides a peaceful place for all.

  • Assistance is provided to people to grow some of their own food and meet peoples’ existing motivation with the knowledge and materials to be a successful gardener in the Sonora Desert. Compost, seeds, and starter plants are provided as available.

  • Workshops are available on a wide variety of topics. Our new workshop series begins in August!

  • Youth ages 14-18 learn the basics of organic agriculture in the desert, as well as green job skills like water harvesting and natural building, as they train to be the next generation of farmers and informed consumers.


 

FARMERS’ MARKETS

 

Everyone is welcome at the market! Public farmers’ markets sell local, naturally grown, chemical-free produce. Buying directly from the farmer keeps farmers farming, assures that you and your family eat fresh and flavor-filled produce, and you get to know the people who grow your food! The markets accept cash, SNAP (food stamps), WIC Checks, Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers, and debit and credit cards.

Throughout the year, we host a Desert Harvest education demo series at our Thursday Farmers’ Market. You can view a calendar of that demo series here.

Click the name of the market to learn more about each individual farmers’ market or receive updates in your inbox each week.


GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Punch Woods Endowment Grant