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The questions seem to come faster the closer I get to the end of June. Big questions like: What are you going to do with your time? What more could we do to end hunger? What would you do over again? What would you do less of? More of? How would you engage the Legislature or Congress going forward? And so many more. Questions Solomon himself could never answer. Me neither. Do I have idea? Sure. But total solutions, no. Because it’s about Jamela.
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Jamela is six. She has one tooth that just fell out last week, because that’s what happens when you’re six. She’s full of energy, beautiful, and eager to learn and grow. Jamela’s family struggles mightily to make ends meet. She is part of the more than 25% of Arizona children who are food insecure. Like all parents, her parents care deeply about her and only want the best for her. Jamela and her family are my neighbors. I’ve worked to help Jamela’s family and others like them for 28 years to have the food they need during those times that they can’t provide it for themselves.
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Whether it was through food bank distributions, backpacks, Kids Cafés, school meals, summer nutrition programs, WIC, food stamps, senior meals for her great-grandma or food for Native American neighbors far from Jamela’s home, I’ve helped make a difference with policy and food access. That’s a good thing, but while I was working for this outcome, the number of families and households struggling like Jamela’s have grown exponentially, and that number is not decreasing.
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Advocacy Matters Farm Bill (and SNAP/Food Stamps) Debate, Take Two After failing to agree on a new Farm Bill last year, Congress extended the existing one through September 30 as part of the so-called fiscal cliff agreement in January. Beyond setting agricultural policy, the Farm Bill provides funding for much of our safety net, including SNAP (Food Stamps), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP; commodity food distributed through food banks), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP; commodity food distributed primarily to seniors and to children six years old and younger through day care programs). How important are these programs to Arizona? Thus far in 2013, 17.1% of the Arizona population is receiving SNAP benefits according to a recent US Dept. of Labor report. The vast majority of those individuals are children under 18 or seniors. The Arizona Dept. of Economic Security reports 17.4 million lbs of TEFAP commodities, with a value of $11.7 million, have been distributed in Arizona in 2013 - a 22.5% increase over the same time last year. CSFP provides a food supplement to more than 15,000 qualified Arizonans monthly. And FDPIR provides food distributions to more than 11,000 tribal households a month. Our food banks cannot keep up with the sustained high levels of demand for their services without the consistent support these programs provide.
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So what am I going to do in my retirement you ask? I’m going to become good friends with Jamela and her family. I’m going to take what I’ve learned and make a difference one person at a time through a ministry my church supports in my neighborhood. As a good friend said to me recently, “I get it, you’re gonna stop preachin’ and start doin’?” That’s probably right. I’m hoping you will find the way you can do this too. Maybe it will be to continue to contribute to AAFB, or volunteer at your local food bank, or serve on a Board, or one of a million other ways you can help. Whatever the way, I’m sure it will make a difference.
Ginny Hildebrand, President and CEO
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During my time at AAFB, I’ve learned so many things, but I think the most important lesson is that it is about the people: the wonderful staff and volunteers here at AAFB, the Board of Directors who support the work and challenged me, our partners, people who generously contribute, people who read and learn about the changes they could make, people who decide to make a difference and people who need a difference made for them. Yes, most of all it’s about Jamela and all the children and adults like her who struggle with hunger. If we could begin to build relationships with hungry people, beyond the food we provide or the programs we create, we might actually be able to solve the hunger problem. Because it’s about Jamela, not only about food.
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Most recently, I’ve had people ask me tons of questions about my retirement in June. It might be important for you to know when I announced to the AAFB Board of Directors two years ago my desire to retire in the Summer of 2013, they were shocked. I kind of knew that was the case, because the silence was deafening and the lack of eye contact was surreal. After all these years, I said the words and everyone stared. It took a while for the Board to fully grasp that I was serious about retiring, and as the last twenty two months have flown by, each day I’ve known it was a very wise and grounded decision. So I hope all of you will know, this is a very good thing that is happening for me and for AAFB, but more so for our hungry neighbors in Arizona and beyond, and hopefully for Jamela.
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As I sit here writing this letter, a flood of ideas is rushing through my brain…this is your last FOOD LINES submission…what to say?…how to say it?…what is of value to others?...what is of value for the future?…it isn’t about you…it’s about Jamela! So let me fill in the blanks here.
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Fighting Hunger Together: AAFB Conference keynote and Yuma Community Food Bank CEO Mike Ivers, donning a watermelon helmet, tells us to “Keep It Fresh, Baby!” in the fight against hunger.
Ginny Hildebrand Retiring: A Tribute & Look to the Future of AAFB Eddie Basha Remembered as Friend of Food Banks & Arizona Fight Over Farm Bill & SNAP (Food Stamps) Looms Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project Springtime Update
In early May, House and Senate versions of the 2013 Farm Bill were introduced, containing between $20 billion and $4.1 billion in cuts respectively, over 10 years, to food and nutrition programs. Amazingly, these proposed cuts are even more severe than last year’s proposals. The ensuing debate is currently in progress. AAFB, our member food banks, Feeding America and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) strongly encourage advocates - you! - to speak up in support of a strong Farm Bill without nutrition cuts. Ask our Congressional members to oppose cuts to SNAP, TEFAP and CSFP or other nutrition assistance programs in the Farm Bill. Please take a minute to contact your U.S. Representative, Senators McCain and Flake, and President Obama to deliver this message: “I urge all Members of Congress and the President to protect and strengthen SNAP and TEFAP and reject cuts to these programs as well as other nutrition assistance programs in a 2013 Farm Bill that feed more than 1 million hungry children, adults and seniors in Arizona.” Not sure who your Members of Congress are or how to contact them? Visit www.votesmart.org and enter your zipcode in the search box on the right side of the screen. You will be given contact information for your elected officials.
The Food Lines Express Lane Remembering Eddie Basha On March 26, all of Arizona, including our food banks and anti-hunger advocates, lost a dear friend and staunch supporter when Eddie Basha Jr. passed at age 75. Basha, of course, took over leadership of Bashas’ Supermarkets from his father and grew the iconic local grocery chain to over 150 stores. Known for his philanthropic efforts in Arizona, Basha was a tremendous friend and resource to food banks, donating millions of dollars worth of food, cash donations and other resources over the years. But we’d like to recognize Eddie for some amazing actions that helped form AAFB and bring hunger to the forefront of Arizona’s social agenda. Recognizing the need for coordination among the food banks, Eddie was one of a select group led by grocery legends like Gene Parker (Associated Grocers) and Tom Hickey (Smitty’s), Paul Bennewitz (Retailer Grocers’ Assn.) and Bob Smyser (IGA) who made a commitment to help. He believed so strongly in AAFB, he added the task of representative on the Food Industry Advisory Council to AAFB to the job description of one of his senior managers. Soon after, he partnered with Jerry Colangelo and the Phoenix Suns to do a major food drive and hunger awareness TV and radio campaign featuring Eddie pledging to “Eat My Hat” (his Stetson was his trademark) if we failed to meet our goal. He didn’t have to follow through on his hat eating promise when that goal was exceeded. At one point, Bashas’ donated semi-truck repair and maintenance to United Food Bank. Bashas’ was the first (and in some areas, still the only) grocer to operate stores in Arizona’s rural tribal communities, from Sells to Whiteriver, Window Rock to Dinnehotso, and more. On the Navajo Nation, their Diné Market stores provide tribal communities a full-size grocery store sensitive to their culture, diet and native language. Recently, Bashas’ demonstrated their ongoing commitment when WIC added fresh produce to their food package by working closely with AAFB and the InterTribal Council to ensure acceptance of these nutritious choices. Eddie built a strong foundation within Bashas’ and the retail grocery industry to not only focus on the bottom line, but look to the higher calling of caring for Arizonans in need. We will miss Eddie and are extremely thankful for the legacy he left us.
Help Promote the Summer Food Service Program Help feed kids this summer by helping spread the word about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in your community. SFSP provides meals to low-income children during the summer when they cannot rely on regular school meals. Arizona ranks poorly in SFSP participation, but you can help change that! More details and a list of site locations statewide can be found at www.azsummerfood.gov.
AAFB Statewide Food Bank Conference Recap On May 1, more than 215 food bankers, advocates and hunger fighters attended AAFB’s Fighting Hunger Together: The Arizona Food Bank Network Conference. Workshops were held on fundraising and community outreach, kids feeding programs, leveraging resources to address hunger, and more. Mike Ivers, president and CEO of the Yuma Community Food Bank, gave an inspirational keynote address. Attendees were also treated to a screening of A Place at the Table, the feature-length documentary on hunger released in March. Special thanks to St. Patrick Catholic Community, who hosted the conference, as well as Dad’s Catering and Chipotle for serving up continental breakfast and lunch. Links to presentation material, A Place at the Table, video of Mike and more can be found on our website at www.azfoodbanks.org/index.php/conference.
Order Your Hunger Relief License Plate Today More than 850 have been ordered - do you have yours? The official Arizona Hunger Relief specialty license plate can be ordered at www.servicearizona.com or by visiting any MVD or Authorized Third Party office. They look awesome and are a great way to promote the hunger cause! Best of all, your purchase benefits AAFB and all of our member food banks that collectively serve all 15 Arizona counties. Annually, the Hunger Relief license plate costs $25 plus postage and handling. Of the $25, $17 benefits food banks throughout Arizona. Note: Specialty license plate fees are not pro-rated, therefore your new Hunger Relief license plate will renew on your next scheduled vehicle registration renewal date. You may personalize your Hunger Relief license plate. The cost of the personalized Hunger Relief license plate is $50, plus postage and handling.
Group Volunteers Needed This Summer Perfect for work, church or youth groups, your group is needed to help repackage bulk foods into family size packages for the Gleaning Project to then transport to the food banks, which will distribute them to families in need. •
When: Weekdays or evenings, Saturday daytime – just two hours of work can bring great results!
Where: The Mesa Cannery, 235 S. El Dorado Circle, Mesa (Loop 101 and Broadway) has generously offered its facility for the benefit of the food banks. Occasional and regularly scheduled groups are needed.
Contact: Call Kathy or Bob McNelly at 480-839-4694 or 480-695-3552.
Celebrating Ginny Hildebrand’s 28 Years Fighting Hunger with AAFB After 28 years leading AAFB, president and CEO Ginny Hildebrand has announced her retirement, effective June 30. As we thank Ginny for her years of selfless service, we take a look back at some of the highlights of Ginny’s career at AAFB. Ginny started with AAFB in 1985 as the administrative assistant in a two person office. Eighteen months later, she was named AAFB’s executive director and has been in that role ever since, leading and growing the organization into a well respected and effective force against hunger. Her strong and guiding leadership coincided with the expansion of AAFB and the food banking network in Arizona to meet a growing demand for emergency food. Ginny’s expertise in public policy and expansive knowledge of multiple issues relating to hunger and poverty has benefited not only Arizona’s food banks and households struggling with hunger and poverty, but the entire anti-hunger movement, food banking sector, and households nationwide struggling to put enough food on their table. With a strong passion to end hunger and help those who struggle in life, her efforts have improved access to and participation in federal nutrition assistance programs at both the state and national levels, obtained and maintained state funding to support food banks, helped to build a strong food bank network in Arizona, and focused on creating long-term, collaborative relationships across all levels of government, business and the community at-large to alleviate hunger. Here are just a few of those highlights: Helping TEFAP expand and become permanently funded The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a USDA commmodities program that delivers millions of pounds of food to food banks for distribution to clients struggling with hunger. Ginny’s advocacy efforts helped pass the Hunger Prevention Act, which modified Food Stamp regulations and re-authorized TEFAP, making it a permanent USDA program nationwide. Later on, Ginny authored the “American Hunger Relief Program” as an effort to provide guidance to reform efforts supporting low income Americans. This draft later became the “Bill Emerson Memorial Bill,” passed by Congress in 1996, which moved TEFAP from discretionary to mandatory spending. It also authorized $145 million in spending to support the acquisition of food and distribution of product to needy households. Securing Arizona state funding for food banks In 1990, Ginny spearheaded the creation of the Hunger Hurts Us All Coalition, which achieved passage of legislation to strengthen Arizona’s Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (protecting food bank donors) while also adding $1.8 million in new state funds for support of food banks and anti-hunger programs - critical funding which still exists to this day. Helping expand the Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) program The Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) program is administered by the USDA and provides monthly allocations of culturally and nutritionally valuable groceries to eligible households on participating native lands as an alternative to SNAP (Food Stamps). Having the choice between the two programs is key because there are few retailers on native lands that accept SNAP benefits, and there can be prohibitively long distances a household must travel to reach those that do. Learning in 2006 that FDPIR funding was insufficient to accept newly available fresh and frozen commodities, Ginny launched a campaign to get the job done. With the support of participating tribes and a handful of advocates, Ginny helped convince Congress to add $7 million to the 2007-08 FDPIR budget for infrastructure improvements for warehouse refrigeration, wiring, trucking, dock space and more. As a result, more healthy and nutritious food was delivered to people who were otherwise missing out on what was available to them. Instrumental in saving the Yuma Community Food Bank from closing In 2011, things were not looking good for the Yuma Community Food Bank, as multiple financial problems threatened to close their doors in a community desperate for their support. Acting as interim CEO for almost six months, Ginny helped the food bank regain its financial footing and standing in the community, all the while providing for an evergrowing number of individuals turning to the food bank for support. Her stabilizing presence reassured the greater Yuma community of how important an asset the food bank was, and helped the food bank secure Mike Ivers as its permanent CEO going forward. Today, the Yuma Community Food Bank is serving more households than ever before, but is doing so from a much stronger financial position and with the backing of the entire community. These are just a small sampling of the highlights of Ginny’s time with AAFB, but as you can see, just these few have truly helped change policy and change lives. When you remember there are literally dozens of others, some big, some small, it becomes clear just how influential Ginny has been in bettering the lives of struggling Arizonans and Americans. From the bottom of our hearts, the Board, staff, volunteers, partners and contributors to AAFB wish her nothing but the best in retirement. Congratulations Ginny, you deserve it!
What Does the Future of AAFB Hold? Immediately after Ginny announced her retirement, the AAFB Board of Directors convened a nationwide search to identify a successor to lead AAFB into its next chapter. The Board, as well as AAFB’s member food banks, knew it was crucial to find a new leader who could not only capably fill Ginny’s hard-to-fill shoes, but could also smoothly transition the organization in new and exciting directions for its next chapter of fighting hunger and poverty in Arizona. After months of searching, the AAFB Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Angie Rodgers as the new president and CEO of the Association of Arizona Food Banks. Upon her hiring, Rodgers said: “I am thrilled to be joining a team of such dedicated staff, board members and volunteers at the AAFB. I hope to build upon the strong foundation laid by AAFB and its members to fight food insecurity in Arizona.” Angie arrives at AAFB with more than 15 years experience in public policy research and advocacy focusing on human services with the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), Governor Napolitano’s Office and Children’s Action Alliance. Angie’s first day at AAFB is June 10. We’ll give a proper introduction and get to know Angie much more in the next issue of FOOD LINES, but we wanted to let you know AAFB is in capable hands as we move forward into our next chapter!
The Latest on the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project Warmer Weather and New Produce Solicitation Efforts Begin to Bear Fruit
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After a very slow produce season, hampered by cold weather in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico, among other issues, flow of fresh produce finally began to pick up to previous years’ levels in April. The Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project moved 37 semi-truckloads of produce from Nogales in April, containing mostly Roma tomatoes but also a nice mix of squash, assorted bell pepper, eggplant, sweet corn and even a little bit of watermelon. Meanwhile, Yuma also saw an uptick with 20 semi-truckloads of produce, including the usual mix of leafy greens and spring mix salad, transported by the Gleaning Project. May has started promising as well, as we enter melon season that should supply donations through the Fourth of July holiday. Increased communication and collaboration with the Gleaning Project and all of the food banks as part of the recently formed Gleaning Project Task Force has been instrumental in improving operational efficiency and ensuring that no donated produce loads are ever turned away, no matter how many might become available seemingly all at once. The work of the Task Force has also resulted in increased relationship building with growers and better produce solicitation efforts overall, which the Gleaning Project and Arizona’s food banks are optimistic will turn into increased donations and opportunities to purchase produce at excellent prices. The new Charitable Crop Contribution Law, which we’ve reported on before in this space, has also played a role in building stronger relationships with Arizona growers. The law allows Arizona farmers, growers, producers and others to reduce their tax burden by subracting 100% of the wholesale market value of the produce donation from the grower’s Arizona adjusted gross income. It also removed some complicated restrictions previously in place, making it even easier to donate to food banks. Finally, we can’t neglect to talk about Ginny Hildebrand’s critical role in the development of the Gleaning Project. In 1990, under her guidance, AAFB formed the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Coalition, a precursor to today’s Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project. Fast forward to 1993, and the Gleaning Project is fully developed into what it is today, in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Economic Security and Arizona Department of Agriculture, helping to secure and transport donated and purchased produce and other food on behalf of AAFB’s member food banks. Since its inception, the Gleaning Project has rescued, transported and distributed over 900 million pounds of food to food banks throughout Arizona.
Help Celebrate Ginny’s Legacy Make a Contribution to the Hildebrand Fund You can honor Ginny’s legacy by making a contribution to the Hildebrand Fund at AAFB. This special fund was established in 2010 to honor Ginny’s 25th anniversary at AAFB. The stated purpose of the Hildebrand Fund: “Your colleagues and friends have contributed to this fund, established by the Board in your honor, to continue the advocacy and coordination for which you have become known in Arizona and nationally.” The Hildebrand Fund allows AAFB to seize advocacy and coordination opportunities that may not be anticipated in the budget but will improve our coordination of food banking services or introduce new people to the arena of advocacy. To make a contribution to the Hildebrand Fund, give us a call 602-528-3434 or mail a check specifying your support of the Hildebrand Fund to: Association of Arizona Food Banks 2100 N. Central Avenue, Suite 230 Phoenix, AZ 85004
Receive a TAX CREDIT For Your 2013 Donation Whether making a donation to the Hildebrand Fund in honor of Ginny, or simply making a regular donation to AAFB, you can receive a tax credit for your 2013 donation! Under Arizona law (ARS43-1088.G.2), AAFB is recognized as serving the working poor. If you qualify, you could receive a FULL TAX CREDIT, up to $200 (filing as a single unmarried head of household) or $400 (married filing joint return) for donating to AAFB on or before December 31, 2013. See www.azfoodbanks.org and www.azdor.gov for more details, or call 602-255-3381 or 1-800-843-7196 from area codes 520 or 928. Always consult your tax preparer or financial advisor for specific advice.
Other Ways to Give More Arizona families than ever are struggling to feed their children. One in five individuals in Arizona lives in poverty, and one in four children struggle with hunger. As many as 17% of their meals are missing and presumed skipped. You can be a partner in alleviating the unacceptable condition of hunger. Celebrate the holidays, a birthday, or any special occasion by making a contribution in honor or memory of family members, friends, colleagues, or a treasured loved one. Acknowledgements, without dollar amounts, will be sent to your honorees if you wish. Others have chosen to become monthly donors by having AAFB charge their credit card each month on the 5th or the 20th, a convenient way to keep supporting our work throughout the year. Returning the enclosed envelope or making a secure online donation at www.azfoodbanks.org today helps us deliver much needed food and services to food banks, and advocate for better resources for families in need.
Let Your Employer Work for You: Employer Matching Gifts Did you know you may be able to double your gift to AAFB through Matching Gift Programs? Many employers offer to match your gift as a way to encourage their employees, and often their retirees, to support charitable organizations. While many of our donors access this opportunity, many more may not realize this potential. Please ask your human resources office if your company offers this opportunity to give a “second helping” of generosity to people who are hungry throughout Arizona.