Southern Arizona leaders gathered at the Tucson Community Food for a solar groundbreaking. The food bank is using a $200 thousand federal grant to cover one of its parking lots with a solar roof. It is estimated that once the roof is installed it will save more than $700 a month on the facilities electric bills. Food bank officials say that translates into more money to help feed local families. Right now, the food bank is providing meals to nearly a quarter of a million people in Southern Arizona. Construction on the project will begin in a few weeks and should be finished early this Fall. Food bank officials are hoping that another federal grant will allow them to put up a second solar array next year.

Tony Paniagua reports