Tucson charities: Big Community Food Bank donation; Coats for kids; Backpacks for refugees

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona received a huge donation Tuesday morning.

Smithfield Foods and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union delivered 30,000 pounds of food.

The donation was part of an effort from coast to coast to help families and individuals to become more food secure.

"Tucson is very fortunate to have bill and this team here and what they're doing to help feed people in Tucson area, said CEO of Smithfield Foods, Larry Pope.

"This donation this morning is absolutely incredible we did know it was coming we didn't know what was going to be on the truck," said President Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Bill Carnegie.

In November of 2009, the Feeding the Hungry Tour committed to donate five million pounds of protein over three years to food assistance organizations.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Some south side students can now look forward to a warmer winter, thanks to a coat drive.

The Sunnyside School District received a total of 737 new coats Tuesday.  The coats were collected by the local chapter of Executive Women International.  This is the second year of the coat drive.

"We have identified over 1400 students in the past year, that are either doubled up or sheltered or are in a hotel or motel, probably also living in cars," said Marco  Rodriguez from the SUSD Family Resource & Wellness Center.

Donations also included $2,000 from Rosemont Copper and a $1,000 anonymous donation.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- Refugees will be receiving backpacks filled with school supplies.

The Catalina Tucson Rotary made the donation as part of this community service.

The international rescue committee helps refugees escape their poor, war-torn countries and they often come without much.

"Each year we look at the success of our projects and the needs in the community as well as the world community, so next year's president will have a chance to decide what next year's projects are going to look like.  This one, so far, is so successful I have a hunch we just might continue to work with this agency," said President of Catalina Rotary Sharyn Chesser.

The Catalina Tucson Rotary Club has 69 local members.