Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Tucson Community Food Bank

Tucson, Arizona. Happy Easter to those of all faiths. For some, today means dressing up an extra notch for church. Some will enjoy child excitement over a bunny, candy, and a search for eggs. For others, it means swearing profusely and tossing a bracket into the trash after Duke's devastating loss to West Virginia. Like other Christian holidays, Easter has its roots in Pagan recognition of the seasons, with Christmas corresponding to the Winter Solstice and Easter corresponding to the Spring Equinox.

The closure of a copper company led me to work at a Pima County One Stop Center helping devastated miners and their families survive the loss of their way of life. At these centers, every afternoon a van would arrive with food. The driver would hoist plastic crates containing loaves of bread, fruit, vegetables, and other perishable items and stock the shelves. Laid off workers could take what they wanted for free home to their families. All was free for the taking. While employed, my salary had fallen by over half, and I occasionally took some bread home to my own. Sometimes cookies or cake were leftover. Why not?

The delivery came from the Tucson Community Food Bank, a non-profit organization committed to making a difference in the local community, and what a difference it makes. Few sights are more moving than hungry children having the opportunity to sit before nourishing plates and end their suffering. Those that have truly faced hunger as a real threat know something deep and profound that the rest of us do not.

Like Goodwill Industries, The Tucson Community Food Bank is an example of an outstanding and superbly run organization that genuinely serves the community and makes a profound difference for those that are struggling. Efficiently and effectively managed, the agency funnels almost every ounce of resources that it receives towards those it serves. The food bank has a productive staff that cost effectively provides the administration necessary to sustain and improve its operation. Check out it's annual report. Their administrative overhead is four percent. That's called commitment to others. Tucson is very fortunate to have such an extraordinary organization committed to fighting hunger. The Tucson Community Food Bank's contribution defies language, putting much needed nourishment into thousands of mouths that would otherwise spend another day in pain and increasing despair.

For those that aren't aware, I encourage readers to become familiar with the program and the easy ways to contribute. Money, food, and volunteer efforts given to this organization contribute a great deal to those who have fallen on hard times.

Hard Times.

There's a lot of that going around.


Anonymous Mariana said...

Money contribution is the most desirable and really easy; one can make a commitement of as low as $10/month on their website.

3/23/2008 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our church prepares 100 food baskets -- a week's worth of groceries, not just food for the particular holiday day -- at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Many of the recipients are families of kids who attend the church's preschool.
The needs in our community are great and we must address them from wherever we are.
I did not support the Community Food Bank during the Raytheon strike last year -- those people walked away from good paying jobs and were taking food out of the mouths of folks who have it much, much harder.

3/24/2008 10:16 AM  
Blogger Framer said...

I recently volunteered for food repackaging for the Tucson Food Bank. We repackaged enough food for 7500 meals in about two hours. According to the representative that was enough for about three days of meals, which was pretty sobering.

Although they do appreciate your money, volunteering is always more rewarding.

Good article.

3/24/2008 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That x4mr does not just rant but also acknowledges worthwhile people and organizations is an indication of a superior blog.

I also like the movie reviews. If x4mr reviews a film, you can take it to the bank that the film is powerful. He does not review run of the mill formula Hollywood.

I don't get the complaint of the anon above. What do Raytheon workers have to do with the food bank?

Kudos to Framer for volunteering there. I have as well. They are an excellent organization well deserving x4mr's acknowledgment. Volunteering there is a great way to make a difference for the less fortunate.

3/24/2008 1:55 PM  

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