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can’t get enough of one-can-a-week

Posted in food drives, fun, people, southern az with tags , , , , , , on September 4, 2009 by foodbankguy

I may have linked to an article before about Peter Norback, a Tucsonan inspired by President Barack Obama’s calls for community service, who decided to organize a weekly canned food donation in his neighborhood.  The concept was incredibly simple:  each week, each house was asked to put out a single can of food and Norback would pick it up and see that it found its way to Tucson’s Community Food Bank.

Before long the media had picked up on the story, one neighborhood become several, others were inspired to do the same in their neighborhoods, and the rest was history.  Norback received a grant to help get the word out about his operation and even got play in the USA Today.  Well now Peter has his own blog where you can follow all of his awesome adventures, so of course I wanted you to be aware of it and maybe even inspire someone out there to follow in his footsteps.  Check out Peter’s blog here.

I’ll also note that Peter is apparently quite the inventor and fan of golden retrievers.  From his blog, you can learn more about and purchase a Top Tag Pet ID–“the first USB complete-care pet ID tag. It was invented and is owned by Peter Norback and Bill Roach. Protect your pet and support Peter’s One Can A Week efforts at the same time.”  That struck me for a couple reasons; one because I grew up with a golden retriver named Phred (yes, Phred… I was weird) who looks just like the one in the photo, and secondly I subscribe to a USB newsletter noted for mentioning every last wacky USB product ever created, but somehow they missed out on this…

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hunger walk this past saturday in tucson

Posted in food banks, fun, southern az on March 23, 2009 by foodbankguy

Community Food Bank in Tucson held its second annual Hunger Walk this past Saturday at Sam Lena Park, right next to where the Diamondbacks spring training practice fields are.  We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day, as we had sunny skies, no wind, and mid-70s for the walk.  Participants were treated to a tour of the food bank, free coffee courtesy of the American Red Cross, members of the U of A marching band, goodie bags, and more.  Overall, more than $1,500 was raised, along with 972lbs of donated food.

The walk itself was neat, as people could choose whether they were up for a long (3.5 mile) or short (1 mile) walk:

choices, choices

choices, choices

 Another fun feature was people could choose a “sleep in” option, which allowed them the luxury of staying in their beds for a $25 donation.   My understanding is that the roughly 1.5 million people in the greater Tucson area who didn’t turn up will be receiving their bill in the mail sometime this week!

finishing up the walk, feeling good about the cause

finishing up the walk, feeling good about the cause

I volunteered to help out because I’d never participated in an event like this, and I wanted to steal all their ideas–err… see how all the inter-workings work.  I was there bright and early at 6 a.m., helping erect a large metal archway for the starting line, putting up signs, tents and chairs along the walk path, and generally help out as needed.

A big thanks and shout-out goes to Jake and James of Community Food Bank who put up with my silly questions and need to tag along at every opportunity.  James drives a semi for the food bank, while Jake works in the warehouse managing  food drives and transportation.  They let me help unload a truck back at the warehouse, operate a pallet-jack and start-up their brand new diesel hybrid Peterbilt truck, thus showing extremely poor judgment on their part, but allowing me to indulge my inner blue-collar dreams.  I even got my parents to turn up and walk!  All in all, good fun for a good cause.

partners in crime, enablers, good people

partners in crime, enablers, good people