Farm Camp

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Once again this summer, The Community Food Bank’s Las Milpitas community farm is hosting Farm Camp! Farm Camp is a great opportunity for boys and girls ages 5-12 to experience the magic of farming, including:

  • Growing and harvesting vegetables
  • Caring for chickens
  • Farm chores
  • Craft projects
  • And LOTS more!

Because Farm Camp is such a great opportunity at such a great price (just $10 for the week!), space is limited and fills up fast. Please contact Las Milpitas for more information.

Download Farm Camp Flyer and Registration Form (English and Spanish)


Eat Bread to Raise Dough


Panera Bread and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are teaming up for the “Eat Bread to Raise Dough” fundraiser. On June 18 from 4-8 pm, Panera Bread (4821 E. Grant Road) will donate a percentage of its sales to the Community Food Bank. To participate, you must show this flyer when you order.

Panera Fundraiser Flyer


Caliber Collision Food Drive


Caliber Collision is once again teaming with The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona by hosting their 3rd annual Rhythm Restoration Food Drive. From June 9 to June 27, Caliber Collision is asking Tucsonans to bring their food donations to any Caliber Collision location, to help them reach the company goal of 344,342 meals. More information is available here.

Please visit for the nearest location.



Community Food Bank Awarded $18k Grant

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona has been awarded an $18,235 “2014 Poverty and its Effects on Children” grant by the Howard V. Moore Foundation held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.  This grant will support the Farm-to-Child Program at twelve local schools.

The Farm-to-Child Program improves children’s access to healthy food in schools and the preschool/childcare environment.  The Community Food Bank uses its expertise in growing food to help parents and teachers learn to garden, and includes information on composting, hen raising, gardening, and food safety.

The full press release is available here. For more information, please contact Jack Parris.

Peanut Butter and Cereal Food Drive

Peanut Butter and Cereal

During the whole month of June at your local Fry’s Food Stores. Donate cereal and peanut butter to the Community Food Bank.

Our goal is to continue to provide healthy food options for children and their families here in Southern Arizona because one in four kids doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Breakfast cereal is easily stored, ready to eat and when consumed with milk, it provides important nutrition that some families would not otherwise get. Peanut Butter is high in protein and calories, plus rich in vitamins.

You can help the food bank during the summer months by providing healthy food for children and families in our community!

On June 3rd, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and i97.5 will be at the Fry’s Food store  at 3770 W. Ina Rd. Marana, 85741 from 4-6pm. Please join us and show your support with donations of Peanut Butter and Cereal.

Frys Food Stores   i97-5

Quilt Raffle Winner

Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Quilt Raffle, Marilyn Gies.

2014 Quilt Raffle winner

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!

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!

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.

Feinstein Donate NOW

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: