Philanthropy Spotlight: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

The Community Food Bank, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, relies on 120 employees and hundreds of community volunteers to ensure that the people of Southern Arizona have access to the food and programs they need. The food bank is based in Pima County and also serves Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties.

The Community Food Bank has dozens of programs to support Southern Arizona’s needs, such as:

Abundant Harvest Cooperative: Building a network of small farmers and backyard gardeners

After School Meals & Snacks: Offering free, healthy after school meals and snacks to food-insecure children

BackPack Program: Distributing packs of healthy food to kids who rely on school meal programs

Caridad Culinary Training: Providing culinary and job skills training to people with barriers to employment

Community Garden Plots: Offering space and support for neighbors growing food

Community Meals: Preparing daily hot meals and sack lunches for the hungry and homeless in our community

Double-Up SNAP for Local Produce: Doubling the food purchasing power of community members using SNAP at Farmers’ Markets

Emergency Food Boxes: Providing emergency food to low-income individuals and households

Farm to Child: Creating educational garden spaces in low-income public schools

Farm to Institution: Connecting local growers with large community institutions

Farmers’ Markets: Bringing fresh, local produce to our communities

Garden Workshops: Sharing skills for growing sustainable foods

Gleaning & Citrus Donations: Collecting unwanted local fruit—and distributing it to those in need

Nutrition Education: Offering a holistic approach to food security through food education for children and families

Produce Rescue: Keeping fresh fruits and vegetables out of landfills—and bringing them to local communities

Public School Education & Advocacy: Advocating for access to fresh food in local schools

School Pantries: Bringing access to healthy food to local schools

Senior Food Boxes: Providing monthly food boxes to eligible low-income seniors

Get Involved!

You can make a difference! Whether you’re helping pack food or plant a garden, making a gift that feeds families, or speaking out for social justice in our community, you can be an important part of the work we do in southern Arizona.

Click here to view a detailed list of the Community Food Bank’s engagement opportunities. 

This post is a part of our 2019 social media series, “Philanthropy Spotlight”.  There are so many deserving charities in Tucson. Make sure to check out our news feed every Tuesday to read about more local non-profits. We hope you take the time to read about these wonderful organizations and how you can get involved in our community.

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