The Nourishing our Community Capital Campaign began in October, 2018, and the SFB-CRC is thrilled to announce that we now have commitments of $2.1 million toward our new building.
But to loosely paraphrase Robert Frost, we have some miles to go before we have completed the campaign.
Our original campaign goal was $2.2 million, so we are close to that goal. However, during the last two years there have been several developments that have increased our project costs:
We anticipate that the effects of the pandemic will be with us for several years, as the most vulnerable in our community have experienced the greatest impact—hunger, need for new skills for different jobs, more evictions, increased homelessness, and lingering impact of the disease itself.
The great news is that, thanks to continued support for our project, we are now at 70% of our revised goal. We plan to break ground in by November 1, and we will be continuing to reach out for additional financial support from foundations and individual donors. Our donors and future donors are community members and organizations that believe that a one-stop service/program hub and food bank will have a major impact on the food and economic security of our neighbors.
For donations, send a check to Sahuarita Food Bank at 17750 S. La Cañada Drive, Sahuarita, AZ 85629, or go to our capital campaign webpage: https://sahuaritafoodbank.org/make-a-capital-gift.
There are people out there experiencing food insecurity or nutrition deficiency, but how do we find out who they are so they can get the help they need?
The Better Together Southern Arizona Coalition, founded four years ago by the Greater Green Valley Community Foundation and Sahuarita Food Bank, has a shared vision of the community coming together to help all residents. They have found a way to identify and refer those in our community who are hungry and not getting help.
The Human Services Collaboration Working Group, chaired by Laura Peters of Holistic Therapies, as well as a recent project of a sub-committee, have together designed a referral process featuring an online or hard copy referral form available, thanks to Valley Assistance Services. VAS Director Chris Erickson and her team will access the referral form and send it directly to the Green Valley, Amado, or Sahuarita food banks, or a delivery service such as Meals on Wheels or Mobile Meals of Tucson.
Anyone who needs help, or any person who thinks they know someone who needs help, perhaps a neighbor, family member, or faith community member, can go to the web page at https://valleyassistanceservices.org/food-resources/, and get the process started.
Chris Erickson and Wes Moulton at VAS, Vicki Turner at Community Food Bank of Green Valley and Amado Resource Centers, Joyce Finkelstein at the Volunteer Clearinghouse, Karyn Miller from St. Vincent de Paul, Edilia Quiroz with United Community Health Center, and Carlos Valles and Penny Pestle of the Sahuarita Food Bank & Community Resource Center all collaborated to make it possible for anyone out there who might be reluctant to seek assistance, or may not know how to do so, to get the nourishment they need.
All of us are so much “better together.”
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Most folks are aware of, and have probably visited at least once, an incredibly peaceful and picturesque place called Desert Meadows Park in Green Valley. Many perhaps don’t know, however, that part of the vision for the site included providing fresh produce for local food banks. SFB-CRC has been receiving it for five years now, a ton and a quarter just in the past year.
Led by Chuck Parsons, who spearheaded the creation of the park seven years ago, the Green Valley Gardeners, with about 560 volunteers, were able to turn a barren piece of land between Abrego Drive and the Santa Cruz River into a beautiful backdrop with lush plants, winding walking paths, and designs from local artists. Chuck and his garden produce manager Elissa Dearing then worked with a group of young people from PPEP (Portable Practical Educational Program) to create attractive tile-inlaid garden beds. There are currently 68 garden plots, with 20 people on a waiting list.
Trees for Tucson donated 24 trees, and a substantial grant from Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, along with support from others in the community, meant the group could maintain a tranquil setting for hundreds of visitors each year, and at the same time grow healthy food to feed the hungry. Volunteers average 4500 hours and spend $12,000 each year to care for the park that received official certification as an arboretum in 2018.
“Visitors say it’s different than any other park they have visited,” Chuck said.
If a volunteer is a winter resident, Elissa explained, he or she agrees that in the summer the garden bed will be saved and set aside for SFB, which is great timing since produce from Mexico is often scarce in the summer months.
“These volunteers are determined to keep every veggie for the Sahuarita Food Bank,” she said, “to the point where no one will grab even one small sun-ripened cherry tomato for a snack!”
Two organizations began a couple of years apart, SFB-CRC Board President Penny Pestle noted, and came together around a shared mission—to provide organic and locally grown produce to community members who “live on the edge,” as she put it. She called it a “perfect partnership.”
“No wonder SFB volunteers are delighted,” Penny added, “when Elissa or another GVG volunteer arrives once or twice a week with lots of produce of all types. If you’ve never visited the Desert Meadows Park and its community garden beds, you must. And if you’ve never tasted a lemon cucumber from them, it’s a taste not to be missed.”
SFB-CRC is excited to announce a new member to the Board of Directors. TRICO’s marketing and communications director Roberta Lopez-Suter is everything SFB-CRC wants and needs in that role. She has always been an SFB supporter through her employment with TRICO, a non-profit electric distribution cooperative serving 45,000 members across a 3,600 square mile service area surrounding Tucson. They offer scholarships and grants in many of the same communities served by SFB-CRC, so Roberta has provided solid information for us to pursue grants through them.
She’s been curious about us. Recently while supervising video production showing a TRICO employee helping to install electric service for our new storage unit, she spent extra time to chat with staff to learn more about the challenges facing SFB-CRC, particularly during this ongoing pandemic.
“For several years, we’ve had an inkling of her interest in SFB-CRC,” remarked Board Vice president Curt Keim. Roberta had come by on another day to check out the weekend BackPacks nutrition for kids operation because she knew we were asking for funding help for the program from TRICO, Curt noted, but she didn’t just observe. She jumped right in to help assemble food items for delivery to area students.
Roberta joined TRICO in 2015. Prior to that, she served in the City Manager’s Office and with Tucson Water as a public information officer. She graduated from U of A with a B.A. in Journalism, and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Southern Arizona Chapter, and has been accredited in Public Relations for 20 years. A former chairperson, she continues to serve with the Marana Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, an elementary teacher, have three children, one at U of A.
“I’m honored to serve on the Board,” Roberta stated. “From working with the staff and volunteers in the past, I know this is a great organization that is well-run and helps so many people in Southern Arizona.” Especially pleased to be coming aboard in a growth period with a new building and new programs, she noted that TRICO fully supports her new role, since their principles of community concern coincide with everything SFB-CRC stands for, so they see it as a great partnership.
Needless to say, Roberta brings experience and a genuine interest in what SFB-CRC does for the community. “We are delighted to have her on the Board,” Curt said.
About 60 generous homeowners in San Ignacio Ridge Estates in Green Valley have gathered throughout this summer for their own concert series and have also pitched in to help SFB-CRC feed the hungry. The HOA’s social committee chair, Gail Raetz, reported in an article in the Green Valley News in early July that almost 700 dollars and more than 30 pounds of food were collected at the first four gatherings.
The homeowners came up with the idea in order to still safely socialize during the pandemic and pass the hat to help others as well, so they chose SFB-CRC as the recipient.
Local musicians perform outdoors at a site in the neighborhood, and residents bring their golf carts or lawn chairs to enjoy the cool down time in the evening, hear some tunes, and chip in to help those in need. On the fourth Tuesday of the series this summer, GV News photographers caught Jim “Hawk” Hakanson and Nick Spiro of Bountiful, musician Gerald Carrell, singer songwriter Don Kinghorn, and The Sherman Family kicking it out around sunset.
“All the concerts we have done have been for the benefit of the Sahuarita Food Bank, and will continue to be in the future,” Jay Sherman told Board President Penny Pestle. He and Gerald Carrell both play and work on organizing the concerts.
The pandemic has brought a lot of darkness—illness, deaths, evictions, business and income losses. It’s refreshing and inspirational to see folks pull together like this and create ways to enjoy each other at a distance, and be able to reach out with a helping hand in their own community at the same time.
“We agreed that at the next concert, SFB folks will come to personally thank the HOA members,” Penny said. “We are really grateful for this community support!”
On Saturday, June 27, Sahuarita Food Bank & Community Resource Center lost one of our own to the COVID-19 menace. Liz Wright volunteered at the SFB for more than three years and we will miss her greatly. At first, she filled in during the summers when so many of our dedicated volunteers are gone. Then she became a regular on Saturday mornings, working as part of the registration team.
Liz was a warm presence for our food bank clients, as she was friendly and outgoing, and welcomed everyone with a big smile. She also established strong relationships with other volunteers. Nancy Ackley, her older sister and member of the board, says the SFB-CRC was Liz’s most meaningful role because of the importance of our mission.
In addition to the SFB-CRC, she volunteered at the Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital, the White Elephant, and was always very engaged with The Good Shepherd UCC.
The most recent church directory would not have been possible without Liz. She worked with the publisher and photographer, confirmed everyone’s contact information and faithfully ensured that all congregation members got their pictures taken—a role not for the faint of heart!
Before coming to Green Valley, Liz lived in Ohio, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State and had a purpose-driven career as a teacher, including special education, and as a well-respected school psychologist. Clearly, she lived her life in service to others and as a special friend and colleague.
Though she just started at SFB-CRC last summer, Jennie Gaines is already a stalwart among volunteers. Small, but fit and flinty, she’s become a versatile utility player, tackling a number of jobs, as well as looking forward to teaching once SFB-CRC is ready to offer classes.
She dons her special summer gear and drinks lots of Gatorade greeting visitors in blistering heat as they line up in their cars in the sun to follow the pandemic driven protocol. Raising three kids and working 12 to 14 hour shifts for 43 years as a nurse in pre-op, post-anesthesia, and recovery, Jennie is no stranger to endurance challenges. Her hard work with the food bank, she hinted, helps her to wrangle with that longing to be on the front lines as a nurse.
She was also a master gardener and worked for Cooking Matters in her home state of Indiana, helping children and parents learn to cook on a budget, so her cooking skills and nutrition experience will be great assets once classes start up. She loves to interact with kids.
The Quail Creek resident followed up on a posting for summer volunteers in May of 2019 and has worked in registration, prepped weekend nutrition BackPacks for area students, loaded food boxes and bags into vehicles, and picked up food from the agency market and GAP Ministries in Tucson. During the school year, Jennie co-led at the Summit View Elementary School pantry twice a month. She has also helped April, our logistics and warehouse coordinator, and selflessly shows up to clean the facility and sort food on non-distribution days.
SFB-CRC is incredibly lucky to have someone with her energy and passion for healthy food and helping people.
“Jennie has quickly become a team leader,” says SFB-CRC Executive Director Carlos Valles. “She is always eager to help out in any role, whether it’s packing food boxes, directing traffic, or loading cars in 105 degree weather. She is always up to the task.”
Community cooperation has emerged as an essential extension of the unifying spirit we all must muster to confront this assault on the well-being of our society.
The tragic loss of dedicated volunteer Liz Wright reminds us that we need to continue to be vigilant and proactive in effectively providing as safe an environment as we can. SFB-CRC reached out to Dr. Jimenez at the United Community Health Center to get every active volunteer tested as soon as possible. Although UCHC is very busy testing other organizations, including the Joyner Green Valley Library, within just a few days Laurie West set up the process right at the food bank.
All our regular volunteers, as well as ten National Guard members who have been assisting this summer, tested negative. It’s only a snapshot, but it nevertheless provides some reassurance that our volunteers are careful, here and at home. And, it’s a testament to how much people in our community support each other in this crisis.
Better Together Southern Arizona Coalition is proving that as well by forming an Internet Connectivity group of community organization members who will work together to bridge the digital divide that finds some local families struggling to afford installation and internet service so their kids can keep up academically. This becomes even more important given the current uncertainty about how K-12 schools will operate. The pandemic has highlighted how many students do not have internet connectivity. It’s feared they will quickly fall further behind their peers. Sahuarita Unified School District and Continental Schools attempted to get every student a Chromebook during the spring shut-down, but of course they are useless without reliable internet service.
SFB-CRC co-leads the Better Together movement, and for the last several years a working group in that coalition called School Resources has focused on behavior health support for students. They recognize this digital divide, and are studying ways to solve it within the next 60-90 days. They have already met on Zoom with representatives from two small wireless providers, Arivaca.com and Sprocket Communications, Inc., five school districts, the Amado Youth Center, a telecommunications law practice, and the Sahuarita Food Bank and Community Center. With the expertise around this “virtual” table, they hope to find cost-effective and technologically smart approaches that connect the greatest number of students.
As COVID-19 continues to try to hinder and handicap us, SFB-CRC will partner and promote collaboration with community organizations to find solutions that can help lessen or eliminate its damaging effects on those who are most vulnerable.
It’s been a long road, and the COVID crisis added an extra hurdle, but SFB-CRC is excited to soon see a new beginning at the end of the road. After two and half years of planning and fundraising, look for us to break ground in September for a new 13,800 square foot building that will grant this organization the incredible opportunity to do so much more for those who need us in our community.
By the fall of 2021, SFB-CRC expects to be able to provide more days and more convenient hours for our visiting households to shop and participate in community resource center (CRC) programs.
There will be a larger and more convenient shopping area for our food bank visitors, and space for partner agencies to offer their services to our participants. A much larger kitchen will make it easier to process and package bulk food offerings, and there will be three times as much food storage space.
The CRC arm of the organization will be able to provide health and nutrition and family support programs, as well as bringing a strong emphasis toward helping participants define their goals for learning and employment with coaching and other programs to assist them in achieving more economic security.
Complete construction plans will be submitted in August to the Town of Sahuarita for permitting, and thanks to The Good Shepherd UCC, SFB-CRC will have a long-term ground lease—right where we now lease—for the land on which the building will be constructed. We believe we are well on our way to meeting our funding goal, but we will continue to need additional community support to make it.
Please help us get to the finish line. You can send a check to The Sahuarita Food Bank at 17750 La Canada, Sahuarita, AZ 85629, making sure to note that it’s for the Capital Campaign, or go to https://sahuaritafoodbank.org/make-a-capital-gift.
Thank you so much for helping us to build our capacity to serve the hungry in our community, and to provide support, coaching, and programs to help more of our residents become economically secure.
“The COVID crisis has led many grantors to expand and/or focus their granting programs on organizations that provide for basic needs such as food,” announced SFB-CRC Board President Penny Pestle.
130 more students will receive weekend nutrition BackPacks from SFB-CRC this upcoming school year, thanks to financial assistance from Wells Fargo, Desert Diamond Casinos, and the Kroger Foundation. SFB-CRC serves up to 600 students in eight or nine area schools, providing them with nutritious food packages when they’re missing meals at school.
SFB-CRC was nominated by Why Hunger to receive help for summer food for children and families through Albertson’s and Safeway’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Fund. Operations also received a big boost from Arizona Milk Producers & Dairy Council, who awarded matching funds for 300 gallons of milk each week in May and June, and the Matching Milk Money Program donated a commercial refrigerator to meet the food bank’s increased storage needs during this pandemic.
“We are so fortunate to be able to pick up these grants, and we look forward to the possibility of progress on grants to also help with capital funding for the new building,” Penny said, “even though we continue to rely primarily on the generosity of donors, friends, and community members and organizations to reach that goal.”
Anyone who has gone through the long and tedious process of building a house will tell you that you first form a general idea of what you want and you can essentially enjoy the vision for a while. But, eventually you have to discuss, debate, and nail down the details.
Planning and deliberating the construction of SFB-CRC’s new 13,000 square foot building have been similar, though perhaps more complex and costly. You first make decisions on the exact site, number of rooms, how it will be different from what you are using today, as well as who will help design it and who will build it. Then, you look closely at final cost and financing, and finally a completion date. Here’s the latest:
No project of this magnitude is easy, but SFB-CRC has now redirected the dream into details, and those details are getting clearer and clearer as we approach the journey’s end.
Those least able to absorb the economic effects of COVID-19 need help now more than ever. SFB-CRC remains committed to battling hunger and its causes in the lives of those struggling in our community. We have been fortunate recently to receive grant money that allows us to maintain our current services and add new ones.
Barring further COVID issues, SFB-CRC will establish the first workforce training programs in this area in the fall of 2020. These will be pilots of programs planned for implementation in the community resource center, part of the new building completed in the fall of 202
SFB-CRC will collaborate with Pima Community College Division of Critical Care to offer six-week courses preparing students for exams to earn them the designation of Certified Caregivers and/or Certified Nurse Assistants (CC-CNA). CC’s are needed by local assisted-living facilities and CNA’s by hospitals. The mandatory clinical experience often results in immediate employment, as well as opportunities for further training that can mean higher paying jobs in the health industry, which can lead to economic security and self-sufficiency.
SFB-CRC hopes to offer a number of other programs, including training for line and prep cooks, women’s food business entrepreneurship, and data entry. Town of Sahuarita economic development director Victor Gonzalez has endorsed SFB-CRC’s efforts to develop these workforce programs.
Unfortunately, all or most students will be low-income adults who really need the training to help them get a better paying job, yet many of them, especially single parents, cannot afford the time and lost income away from family/work responsibilities for a six-week commitment.
A Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona: Partner Capacity-Building grant of $27,000, and a Greater Green Valley Community Foundation grant of $5,000 will help SFB-CRC provide the CC/CAN students with assistance in covering lost wages, transportation, child care, and other course-related expenses while they learn.
SFB-CRC was also proud to receive an award letter stating, “Thank you for stepping up to serve our community during this critical time” that accompanied a $25,000 Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund grant from the Arizona Community Foundation. This money, along with other grants, has helped SFB-CRC purchase protein-rich foods like milk, eggs, and dry goods like beans and peanut butter to help keep up with increasing demand for food during the pandemic. It has also helped defray food handling costs like fuel and maintenance of equipment, allowed us to hire a bilingual interpreter for clients, and install a remote intercom for social distancing communication.
Without grants and private donations, SFB-CRC could not possibly do what we do, especially during this time of unprecedented crisis.6-Two Great Ways to Support SFB-CRC
Lack of space is just one of the many obstacles SFB-CRC has to overcome in a quest to be the best we can be today and still achieve big dreams for tomorrow.
SFB-CRC is now an independent non-profit, and has been housed for years within a 300 member church that also welcomes 15 other community groups to use its facilities. Finding new and sharing existing usable space have been a constant challenge. Freeport McMoran, Pima County, and the Tohono O’odham Nation helped the organization purchase two large cooler/freezers in 2015. The assistant pastor at Good Shepherd sacrificed her own office for dry storage of non-perishables until SFB rented a unit at the self-storage down the street. Then, just last year, SFB bought a used railroad car for storing diapers, coolers, carts, and other equipment.
COVID-19 created an unprecedented new challenge. The sudden surge in demand for food meant SFB-CRC began serving close to 300 families a week. Increased donations plus trade mitigation food, items the USDA buys to assist farmers and then distributes to food banks, as well as a federal food program for very low-income folks over 60, actually exacerbated the problem of limited space and storage capacity.
This time the Town of Sahuarita, United Way, and area foundations came to the rescue with grant money that funded a 40’ refrigerator/freezer that runs on solar power and can store 38 pallets of food.
“This new storage,” said SFB-CRC Executive Director Carlos Valles, “allows us to store enough food to be able to assist other organizations that serve the hungry—school pantries at Summit View Elementary School and Mission School in the San Xavier District of the Tohono O’odham Nation, as well as a small church in Amado with a big heart, serving a hundred families a week.”
“In 2019-2020, we stored, packaged, and distributed weekend nutrition BackPacks to 470 students in eight schools and plan to serve 600 this school year,” he added.
It has been a dream for SFB-CRC to be able to serve as a distribution center for other food banks, and the new 40’ storage unit represents a big step toward achieving that goal. With the new building set to open in 2021 that dream will become a reality.
With help, we will always find a way.
The qualities of leadership will always evolve and be displayed clearly for everyone in the daily actions of a person who faces challenges with creative solutions, integrity, and a willingness to let others take credit for what gets done.
“In just 18 months, SFB-CRC Executive Director Carlos Valles has led the organization out of an awkward adolescent time,” Board President Penny Pestle explained.
“We knew he had a heart for our work, but no food bank experience, and we were at that awkward stage. To serve the increasing needs of community members, fully embrace our dual mission of feeding people and creating a resource hub, and move into a new building, we needed a full-time professional manager who would allow us to become a more mature non-profit, and that’s exactly what we got.”
Carlos joined SFB-CRC in January of 2019. He came in with a military logistics background, some business experience, and was the ops director for a non-profit called Beads of Courage. He was working on his MBA, which he just completed. He worked with a team of 200 plus volunteers along with two part-time staff, a warehouse and logistics coordinator and a bookkeeper, to implement several new processes that increase capacity for the organization to serve those in need.
Carlos initiated much closer contact with our major food sources, which has led to much more food available, including lots more fresh produce. He brought food ordering in-house for 470 weekend nutrition BackPacks, saving thousands of dollars. Even though food quantity has had to increase as numbers of visitors increased, he has better organized food inventory and implemented within a week a drive-through model of distribution necessitated by the COVID emergency, including purchasing a remote intercom to facilitate client identification. A volunteer scheduling process and a new monthly volunteer orientation were instituted, in which volunteers learn about our values, procedures, and food safety.
“Carlos has the gift of thinking strategically and yet focusing on implementation,” Penny continued. “He is also agile, quick to respond to changing circumstances. He values relationships and garners respect from those he works with.”
Long-serving volunteer operations manager Sue Eaton put it this way. “Carlos is a joy to work with and makes us all happy.”
Can’t ask much more than that. True leaders are loved and get the most from those they lead.
Andrew Carnegie said teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to do uncommon things.
The Better Together Southern Arizona Coalition is a great example of how a collaboration of 20 local organizations can make such a huge difference in a community in a number of areas, including government, faith, non-profit enterprise, behavioral and physical health, education, and business.
The Greater Green Valley Community Foundation and Sahuarita Food Bank initiated this effort four years ago with a long-term vision of working together across systems and silos to create a community where all are economically secure. Once known as FITSS (From Insufficiency to Self-Sufficiency) Better Together Southern Arizona Coalition is now an official Arizona non-profit organization with its own board of directors. SFB-CRC handles its modest financial needs, and a website is on the horizon before the end of the year.
Better Together’s Workforce Development effort has collaborated with the Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce to encourage participation in an Employer Resource Network (ERN), which focuses on employees keeping their jobs and employers reducing employee turnover. ERN resource navigator/coach Roni Singh is part of a team of subject matter experts working with struggling employers and employees battling the horrific impact of COVID-19 on area businesses and their staffs.
The Town of Sahuarita has stepped up to fund a study that will provide Better Together’s Workforce and Affordable Housing Working Group the information they need to attack what they believe is a serious housing concern, especially for those with limited incomes, which could limit future economic development.
In education and behavioral health, Sahuarita Unified and Continental Elementary School Districts have supported and collaborated in “Let’s Talk,” an initiative of the Better Together School Resources Working Group to provide workshops, in-person and virtual, that help students and families deal with stress, anxiety, depression, challenging relationships, and substance abuse. Behavior health providers PPEP, Serenity First, Thriving, and Shefa Life are offering the workshops during the summer and school year.
There will always be problems to overcome, but none too big if we work “better together,” and the Coalition is doing just that.
“I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who could use this money more than I.”
If you have ever said that or thought it when you heard about the COVID stimulus checks being sent out, and you think your financial situation would allow it, you can be assured that a donation to SFB-CRC of a part or all of your stimulus check will go a long way in benefiting local families who are struggling as a result of the pandemic.
SFB-CRC sees the struggle every week, witnessing more and more families in dire need and children going hungry right here in our community. Our mission is to make sure they have a place they can go to find help to feed their families during this crisis. Please send what you can to Sahuarita Food Bank, 17750 S. La Canada Drive, Sahuarita, Arizona 85629 or go to sahuaritafoodbank.org to see how you can help.
Amazon Smile is another easy way to contribute every time you shop. If you sign up, you can designate SFB-CRC to receive one half of one percent of each purchase. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but if all you Amazon shoppers out there took the simple step, it would provide SFB-CRC with a great donation for food and other services we provide for those less fortunate in our community.
Just visit http://www.smile.amazon.com, sign up with your Amazon shopping credentials, choose your charity of choice, and start shopping! Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com so you can easily return to shop at Amazon Smile and help those in need in your community at the same time.