Archive for April, 2009

just checkin’ in…

Posted in food, fun, metro phoenix on April 30, 2009 by foodbankguy

Hi kids!

Just checking in with this week’s non-swine-flu-related-stuff…

Got a hot date this Saturday, and haven’t figured out where to go? Check out Taste of the Nation AZ at DC Ranch in Scottsdale to sample food from some of the Valley’s greatest chefs, drink fun drinks, take in live entertainment, and generally have a good time for a great cause. Get your tickets online today, and use the code TKSM for 40% off general admission tickets. As an added bonus, I’ll be there and I’ll even shake your hand, if you can figure out which generic looking thirty-something white guy I am…

If you’re looking to check out something else entirely, check out my friend Kelli’s African Kelli blog.  Maybe you’ve already heard of her.  Her blog runs circles around mine.  Besides being a pretty crafty chica and all-around big heart, she is spearheading a really cool community garden project at the Asbury United Methodist Church in central Phoenix, on Indian School at 16th Avenue.  The church has graciously donated plots of land which is being split up between refugee families, who will plant and work their lots to produce extra food and maybe even income.  They only use organic techniques, meaning they will grow things suitable for our climate here and no performance enhancing drugs or pesticides will be used.  Any family caught doping their plot will receive a 50 game suspension from the league

Asbury Community Garden photos, at the very beginning stages:

plots are outlined

plots are outlined

baby citrus trees are planted

baby citrus trees are planted

If you’d like to help out with this project, there are all kinds of opportunities… contact Kelli through her blog, linked above.

fun & games

Posted in aafb, food, fun, metro phoenix on April 24, 2009 by foodbankguy

Short takes…

Fan of Panda Express?  Bring this flyer with you on Sunday, April 26 only and they will donate 20% of your bill to The Changing Face of Poverty campaign.

Looking for something to do on Saturday, May 2?  You need to come out to Taste of the Nation AZ!  Join AAFB and many of the Phoenix area’s finest chefs for a delicious evening of epicurean adventure! Taste of the Nation AZ features tastings of great food paired with excellent wine, an expansive silent auction and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit AAFB and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

That’s Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at Market Street at DC Ranch in Scottsdale.  Purchase tickets here and support AAFB!  Use the code TKSM to receive a 40% discount when ordering General Admission tickets. 

Courtesy of Feeding America, test your Food IQ and help families in need!  Take the Fun Food Facts Quiz, and for every correct answer, a group of generous friends will donate four pounds of food for people in need. The more right answers, the more families you can help!  It’s fun, free, and you can help families in need just by playing! 

the real victims of budget cuts

Posted in budget, economy & politics on April 22, 2009 by foodbankguy

Some may feel that Arizona’s budget crisis has received its fair share of coverage, but for as crucial as this one is, I don’t share that opinion.  Just because it may not be the bottom of the ninth yet doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be putting our rally caps on.  And when the state’s major newspaper fails to reconcile the big obvious flashing neon dots between this and this (really, you gotta click on those links), you get the idea that a little more dialogue would not hurt.  Why is no one asking questions about the ramifications of more cuts?  Why does everyone seem to de-evolve into this guy when trolling the azcentral message boards?  Why has there been no real public debate on this?

Throughout all of this, a couple things have been criminally ignored.  The first is a comprehensive look at Arizona’s budget situation.  The best parts about it?  It’s full of facts and options–not opinions or suggestions–just honest-to-god facts and options.  Look it up if you don’t believe me.  The fact this has not gotten more mainstream media play is a shame.  I bet most people have little idea about this stuff… I didn’t.

Secondly, there are a series of thoughtful videos produced by the Arizona Children’s Action Alliance on the real life effects of budget cuts on real life people and children.  Special Note:  check out how they aren’t illegals or their children here to screw us and conquer the Motel 6 housekeeping empire we citizens secretly lust after.  These are your fellow American citizens people.  And even if they were of questionable physical origin, there’s no doubt the lack of compassion of some people is going to be the true downfall of our society.

food drive at maricopa county fair this week: 4/16 & 4/17

Posted in food banks, food drives, fun on April 14, 2009 by foodbankguy

Who doesn’t love the fair?  With that in mind, here is the fun, fair-inspired scoop on this, presented without censor:

It’s going to be EXTREMELY AG-CITING

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Wednesday, April 15 – Friday, April 17

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Maricopa County Fair

Hunger 101 Food Joke Karaoke &

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Food Drive

 

Help End Hunger & Change Lives while having some fun and saving a little yourself.

St. Mary’s Food Bank Canned Food Drive (3PM-8PM Wed & Thurs) will be collecting food on Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16.  After 3PM on Wednesday & Thursday, fairgoers can receive half off an adult admission ticket or a FREE child admission ticket when they bring 3 cans of food. (Parking not included, regular admission is $7 adults, $4 kids 6-12, and Free kids under 6)

 

Once you’re at the Fair, visit the  Hunger 101 AZ booth at the south end of the Exhibition Hall to join in Hunger 101 Food Joke Karaoke (10AM-9PM Wed-Fri) for with information and gifts for the kids

Frank Bonner, Ray Combe and I can’t wait to see you there.

BTW, did you hear the one about…..?

 

For more details about the Maricopa County Fair go to: http://www.maricopacountyfair.org

stamp out hunger 09 on may 9

Posted in food, food drives, fun on April 14, 2009 by foodbankguy

Don’t forget to have some non-perishable food ready for your mail carrier on Saturday, May 9 for Stamp Out Hunger, the annual food drive coordinated by the USPS.  Did you know over 73 million pounds were collected last year?  Did you know that those pounds are just now finally being delivered to your local food bank?  Just kidding, mailman humor, ha ha ha…

For the life of me, since I can’t figure out how to embed the widget, I’ll simply implore you to get the Stamp Out Hunger Widget today!

bad food bank guy

Posted in aafb, economy & politics, food banks, fun on April 11, 2009 by foodbankguy

So your humble food bank guy is just not a very good blogger, is he?  No updates in weeks must mean nothing interesting to say, right?  Sadly that is not the case and makes for an even worse excuse in these days and times.  Bad food bank guy, bad!

Last week I experienced the Feeding America National Conference in sort-of-but-not-really sunny Orlando, Florida.  The conferences serves as a get-together of prominent food bankers from all around the country to discuss the pressing issues of the day (which I’m sure you need no reminding is great increase in demand contrasted against state budget cuts and prayers for continued donor support).   New friends are made, old friends catch up, good time is had by all.

One of the better takeaways was a lecture by Clive Crook, a British economist and senior editor for the Atlantic who knows his stuff.  Go to the bathroom, grab some popcorn, and take a look:

Clive, being a bit of an outsider, has some suggestions to fix our economy that the vast majority of Americans don’t have the balls to say, even if they think he might be on to something.  I knew there was a reason I liked him… regardless of politics though, his projections on the economy were of great interest to food bankers as we attempt to calculate and plan for what we will be facing over the next 18-24 months.

Feeding America, for those who don’t know, is the large nationwide hunger relief organization that used to be known as America’s Second Harvest, the Nation’s Food Bank Network  of humans, pets, planets and plastic umbrellas within this and maybe other solar systems… now you know why they changed their name.  A co-worker of mine recently suggested my approval of the name change rendered me a commie, since “Feeding America” sounded so heavy-handed socialist to him… I would have balked, but he’s the guy who fixes my computer, so who was I to say anything?

One thing you notice about Feeding America is how quickly they’ve turned themselves into a marketing machine.  Check out some of their recent PSAs, which I think are quite good:

Well, that’s all for now.  I guess the lesson here is to be good to your food bank and try not to be too hard on your friend the bad food bank guy.