KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," 11/28/10, 7:30 AM & KTTU "In Focus," 12/5/10, 10:30 AMPosted: Updated:
Host Bob Lee interviews Bill Carnegie, President & CFO, Community Food Bank, John Sparks, Dir. of Development & Communications, Catalina Council, Boy Scouts of America, and Jim Tofel, President, Winterhaven Neighborhood Assn.
The Community Food Bank is gearing up for an ever-increasing demand for emergency food this holiday season.
Carnegie says food donations have increased and the community’s demands are being met, but for the holidays, frozen turkeys are sorely needed. He says cash donations are also needed, since some food has to be purchased so the emergency food boxes meet minimum nutritional requirements.
Sparks discusses Scouting For Food Day. He says bags have been distributed by Scouts to homes in Tucson, St. David and Vail. He says residents are asked to fill them with non-perishables and leave on the porch at 8 AM Dec. 11.
Tofel talks about the annual Winterhaven Festival of Lights – one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the country. He says it is visited by hundreds of thousands of people from all over southern Arizona. He says visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item when they arrive.
Carnegie says the Festival is one the most important events for the Community Food Bank in Tucson. In 2009, he says, over $23,000 and 33,000 pounds of food were donated to the Food Bank through the Festival.