Food items are piled onto shelves and willing hands pack numerous bags of food at the Marana Community Food Bank, as the facility has become busier than ever with the holidays just around the corner. The food bank’s 130 volunteers and small staff are continually unloading, assembling and distributing food on a daily basis.
“There are a lot of people who need help,” said Executive Director Linda Hampton. “I really see the food bank as the middle man for those who want to help and those who need help.”
The food bank accepts nonperishable items such as canned meats, canned vegetables, canned soups, cereal, canned tomato products, peanut butter, canned fruit, condiments, and a one-pound-bag of rice or of beans. Monetary donations are accepted as well. It is only during this time of year that the food bank also accepts perishable items.
There are more than 20 locations where donations can be dropped off – all of those are listed on the Marana Community Food Bank website. The food bank is fortunate enough to receive donations not only from residents but food drives and retail stores in the area. Over the three and a half years that she has been executive director, Hampton has seen the growing need for food in the community.
“When I started there were about 800 to 850 families who picked up food each month,” said Hampton. “Now there are about 2,700 to 2,900 each month.”
Families who want food must have identification, be residents of Pima County and meet financial requirements. Once the application is completed, families can come twice per month to pick up food. The first time they come they receive a paper bag often filled with a bag of cereal, protein item, soup, tomato product, vegetable and fruit. Sometimes rice, macaroni or peanut butter is added as well. The second time they come the food bank gives them whatever else they have.
“We are here to help families get through a difficult stretch,” said Hampton. “The hunger never stops, but like I said Marana and the northwest area have a big heart and are willing to help.”
Other community food
banks in Tucson:
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Drop-off sites listed at communityfoodbank.com/donate/donate-food/donatefood.
Monetary donations can be given at communityfoodbank.com.
Address: P.O. Box 26727
Tucson, AZ 85726
St. Paul’s Food Bank
8051 E. Broadway Blvd.,
Tucson, AZ 85710
Marana Community Food Bank
11734 West Grier Road
Marana, AZ 85653
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – noon
For other drop-off sites visit: communityfoodbank.com/get-involved/marana.