November 8, 2013

Community Food Banks Need Donations for Holiday Season

Food bank official says demand for services increases in winter months.

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Tucson’s Interfaith Community Food Bank and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are looking for donations.

Shelly Shelton, an Interfaith spokeswoman, said demand for the food bank’s services is higher during the winter months.

“We distribute holiday food packages in November and again in December…to our clients," Shelton said. "The holiday food packages contain all of the ingredients that are necessary for a traditional holiday meal so that even though (people) might be experiencing financial crisis they don’t have to forgo…(their) holiday (traditions).

Shelton said Interfaith distributes thousands of these food boxes during the holiday season.

Officials from the Community Food Bank said it’s always in need of non-perishable donations such as canned fruit, peanut butter and pasta.

A spokesman from the food bank said a $1 donation allows the agency to distribute $9 worth of food.

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