KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," Sunday, 9/18/11, 7:30 AMPosted: Updated:
Host Bob Lee interviews Bill Carnegie, Pres & CEO, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. September is National Hunger Action Month.
Carnegie says the local campaign features “30 Ways in 30 Days,” a calendar on the Food Bank’s web-site, that indicates a variety of ways people in southern Arizona can help fight hunger. He says hunger is still a major problem in Southern Arizona. He says four years ago, the agency was serving just over 100,000 people each month. Right now, he says, 230,000 people are receiving emergency food boxes every month. He says one in four children in Pima County don’t get enough to eat. He says they are “food insecure.”
Carnegie says the Food Bank recently took over the entire operation of Caridad de Porros, an agency providing evening meals to mostly homeless people in several parts of the City of Tucson. He says workers for that program, which is now called Caridad Community Kitchen, are employed by the Food Bank. He says the Food Bank had been providing the majority of the food for the program anyway. He says it’s a “good fit” because it brings more food distribution locations into the Food Bank.
Carnegie also talks about the new Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center that is about to open. He says a number of ancillary services provided by the Food Bank were located at various parts of their building on South Country Club Road. Now, he says, services such as food stamps and family advocacy services are all on the first floor in one location. He says funds to cover costs of preparing the Center came from donations to the Food Bank in Giffords name.