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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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.


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.

Good Vibrations- a ’60s dance to benefit the Marana Community Food Bank

The Marana Community Food Bank is presenting an evening of reminiscing and fun
on Saturday March 15th, 2014
at the Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain.


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Good Vibrations is a return to the 60s dance featuring the Sixties Garage Band

Featuring Master of Ceremonies Alan Michaels

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Your participation will ensure that the Marana Community Food Bank
can continue its work in meeting the food needs of the hungry in
Marana, Picture Rocks, Avra Valley and northwest Tucson.

Time: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
at the Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain

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

Carrows website


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.

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.