KTTU "In Focus," Sunday, May 9, 2010, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Peter Norbeck, Founder of One Can A Week food donation program. The demand for emergency food in Tucson has increased 40 percent over the past year. The Community Food Bank distributes enough food for 48,000 meals a day.

Norbeck says in early 2009 he launched a campaign to get his neighbors to contribute just "one can a week" to feed the hungry. He says since then, nearly every one of the 250 homes in the Miles Neighborhood in central Tucson donates at least one can of food to the Community Food Bank each week. He says the program is helping to feed hungry families in Tucson in addition to involving entire neighborhoods in community service.

Norbeck says every Sunday most of the Miles Neighborhood residents place at least one can of food on the porch every Sunday between 11:30 AM and 5 PM.  He says he picks up the donations for delivery on Monday to the Community Food Bank.  He says it only takes a couple of hours to collect the food. Last year, he says he delivered more than 9,000 pounds of food to the Food Bank. 

Norbeck says people are now imitating the program in other cities, and he invites other neighborhoods in Tucson to become involved. He says for anyone interested in starting a One Can A Week program, a starter kit is available from his Internet blog. He says his program is a "public domain" program and anyone can copy it.