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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Amado Food Bank to Come Under the Administration of the Green Valley-Sahuarita Food Bank

Effective January 1, 2014

Amado, AZ:  Changes in staffing at the Amado Community Food Bank will necessitate that the branch food bank come under the administration of the Green Valley-Sahuarita Community Food bank on January 1, 2014.  Previous plans for a transition period are no longer possible.

The Amado Food Bank is not closing.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will work with the Amado community to help develop plans for support services, outside of food distribution, that were previously conducted by the Amado Food Bank.

“Our goal is to provide the best possible services to the people we serve through the Amado Community Food Bank,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO.  “We will continue to work with the Amado Community to create an efficient and improved food distribution site in Amado.”

Following the New Years Holiday and closure for inventory on January 2nd and 3rd, the Amado Community Food Bank will reopen January 6th.

The Amado Community Food Bank will continue to serve families in the Amado, Tubac, Arivaca, Elephant Head, Tumacacori and Lakewood areas.

For more information, please contact Bill Carnegie at (520) 622-0525 X 214

Request the Community Food Bank’s 2014 Kids Calendar

They make great holiday gifts! Limited supply available, so request yours today.


Suggested donation: $5

All the drawings in the calendar are by local children from 12 different schools in Southern Arizona.

The calendar serves not only as a reminder that hunger is a year-round issue, but that the majority of the people we serve are families with children. Any gift helps feed hungry families in Southern Arizona.

Limit 2 calendars per household.




National Call-In Day – Lend Your Voice December 4

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National Call-In Day. December 4, 2013

Over the next few days, Congress will decide the fate of hunger-relief programs like TEFAP and SNAP in the Farm Bill, and we need to mobilize thousands of phone calls to make sure they protect hungry families by investing in TEFAP and protecting SNAP.

We are joining anti-hunger organizations across the country for a national-call in day, and we need you to use your voice on behalf of hungry families in our community.  Please make a phone call to your Members of Congress today and help ensure that struggling Americans still have access to programs that help put food on the table.

Calling Congress is easy!  Here’s how:

  1. Call Feeding America’s advocacy hotline at (888) 398-8702.
    (If you don’t want to call, use the link to send an email below)
  2. Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.  Once you are connected to your Representative, state that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.  Be sure to give the name of the food bank or local agency you are affiliated with.
  3. Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver this important message:

    As your constituent and supporter of Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, I am calling you today to ask you to oppose cutting SNAP and ensure that $300 million is invested in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) for food banks in the final Farm Bill.  I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it.

  4. Repeat the process to make sure you talk to both of your Senators and your Representative.
  5. Recruit others by spreading the word through your social media channels.


The Farm Bill is complicated, our message isn’t. It’s simple: “Don’t vote to increase hunger in America!”

We are urging everyone who cares about food insecurity & hunger, in our community to participate. (Join our advocacy team.) Thank you for speaking out! 
Learn More:

Contact your Representatives by email and ask them to protect nutrition programs.

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Coco’s Bakery and Carrows Restaurants host “Pies for a Purpose”

Patrons at both Coco’s Bakery Restaurants and Carrows Restaurants will be able to donate freshly baked pies to those in their local community who need them! The donated pies will be picked up by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. 

Pies for a Purpose is a donation program started by Catalina Restaurant Group (Coco’s Bakery Restaurants and Carrows Restaurants) in 2009 to help feed the communities where we, our friends, guests and employees, live and work. It is designed as an easy way to get our guests in the holiday giving spirit by allowing them to give with minimal effort and cost.

Starting November 7th, guests will be given the option to purchase and donate a pie when they leave Coco’s and Carrows Restaurants. On Wednesday of each week, all the pies that were designated to be donated will be assembled and baked fresh in our restaurants. Starting November 13th, and every following Wednesday (except Christmas and New Year’s week the pick-up date will need to be changed) until January 1st, the local food banks will drive to the individual restaurants and pick up the pies to be handed out as needed.

Coco’s and Carrows donated over 20,000 pies last year and is pushing, via our website, facebook, e-club, in store materials and by outdoor billboard advertising, to surpass that mark.

Coco’s website

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New Tax Credit law allows more people to give AND receive

Arizona’s charitable tax credit law allows you to earn a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on contributions to qualifying organizations. The Community Food Bank and its branches are qualified charitable organizations. This means your gift to the food bank made by December 31 can save you money on your taxes! Here’s how it works:

Both non-itemizers & itemizers are now eligible!* NEW

You can receive an Arizona tax credit of up to $200 if you file as single or head of household,
or up to $400 for married filing jointly.

For more details, call the Arizona Department of Revenue at (800) 352-4090, access their website at www.azdor.gov or contact your tax advisor.

This information has been provided as a service to our friends. Please discuss any and all charitable intentions with your tax advisor.


Arizona State Tax Credit: It may not cost you a thing, and the impact of your kindness is priceless.



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Need immediate food assistance or SNAP application assistance?
Contact the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at (520) 882-3314

When will I see the drop in benefits? Cuts go into effect on November 1, 2013, so the SNAP benefit amount you receive will be less in November and each month after. This is a permanent benefit cut.   How much will my total benefit cut be? SNAP benefits are based on monthly income and expenses and household size. Your actual benefit cut will vary according to your household, but this chart provides the maximum cut that each household size could experience. Why are my benefits going down? SNAP benefits are being cut because of legislative decisions made by the United States  Congress in 2010. You should be aware that Congress is considering additional cuts to SNAP benefit levels and eligibility. You can help prevent these cuts by calling or emailing your members of Congress. Learn more here: www.feedingamerica.org/SNAPCuts  Where can I get additional support? To find your local food bank and to learn more about the upcoming cut to your SNAP benefits, go to www.feedingamerica.org/SNAPCuts


SNAP CUTS Information Flyer (English & Spanish) - Feeding America

ARIZONA SNAP CUTS Information Flyer (English) - Arizona Association of Food Banks


Become an advocate today: www.communityfoodbank.org/advocate  Stay updated on local hunger issues and grassroots action.

Contact your Representatives directly and ask them to protect nutrition programs.



Need immediate food assistance or SNAP application assistance?

Contact the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona at (520) 882-3314

Online Information & Application SNAP (Food Stamps)

ARIZONA SNAP CUTS Information Flyer (English) - Arizona Association of Food Banks

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Amado Food Bank Needs Help to Fill Food Boxes for the Holiday Season

HOLThe holidays are just around the corner and the Amado Community Food Bank needs help to fill their holiday food boxes.  The Amado Food Bank will accept frozen turkey donations from now through December 20, 2013.  The turkeys will be used to help fill holiday food boxes.  Other items that are needed are stuffing mix, potatoes, gravy, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce and pie fillings. Without these donations some families may go without a main dish this holiday season.

The Amado Food Bank would appreciate donations of 8 to 10 pound frozen turkeys to benefit families in the Amado, Tubac, Arivaca, Elephant Head, Tumacacori and Lakewood areas.

Turkey donations may be dropped off at the Amado Community Food Bank at 28720 South Nogales Highway in Amado, Arizona.  Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  On Thursdays the office is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This year’s goal is 700 frozen turkeys for families in need.

Turkey donations will gladly be picked up by calling (520) 398-2479 or (520) 398-2942.  Monetary donations will also be accepted to make turkey purchases.  Please specify that the donation is for the turkey drive.

For more information, contact Mildred Lopez Feliciano or Doug Higdon at (520) 398-2942



Community Food Bank to Continue Most Services During Government Shutdown

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, its agency partners and four branch food banks, will continue most of its services, for the time being, during the current Government Shutdown.

Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Food Plus in Arizona (CSFP): We have the authority to distribute from our current inventory of Food Boxes.  However, Pima County has been barred from processing new applications or reauthorizing those that have expired.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): Food Box distribution will continue as usual with current inventory. We also have authority to distribute any shipments that arrive.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, will continue operations and eligible households will still receive monthly benefits for October.

The Child Nutrition (CN) Programs: School Lunch, School Breakfast, the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service will continue operations into October.

There will be no interruption of Farmers’ Market Vouchers.

For additional information, please contact Heath Butrum at (701) 318-1629.


SEPTEMBER 17th Call In Day – Action Needed

SEPTEMBER  17th         Call In Day – Action Needed

Join Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Feeding America and many other Anti-Hunger organizations and allies in a September 17th National Call In Day to Congress to support and protect SNAP using Feeding America’s toll-free number 866-456-8824.

Next week we expect the House to bring up the “Nutrition Bill,” which would cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next 10 years.  This is on top of the impending benefit reductions that will impact all SNAP participants beginning November 2013.  If passed, the bill would result in about 1.5 billion lost meals for hungry families every year for the next 10 years.  The combined cuts would lead to more lost meals than the entire Feeding America network distributes in a year. While we are grateful the bill also includes additional resources for TEFAP, the increased funding will not come close to helping hungry families replace the meals lost due to the SNAP cuts.  We can’t let that happen.

  • Call our toll-free hotline at 866-456-8824.
  • Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
  • State that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.
  • Let them know you are calling about anti-hunger programs and deliver this important message:As your constituent and supporter of my local food bank, I am asking you to vote against the House Farm Bill proposal to cut $40 billion from SNAP.  This bill will be devastating to struggling Americans and the food banks that support them.  I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it.  Please oppose this bill.

Help us send a message to Congress by joining our National Call In Day on September 17th to urge the House to vote against this harmful bill.  We hope you’ll join us by calling your Representative and mobilizing your local supporters.

For more information and to get involved, please contact Heath Butrum, Public Policy Strategist hbutrum@communityfoodbank.org (520) 882-3317