(Photo courtesy of AZ Gives Day)

Making a difference on AZ Gives Day 2023 (Tuesday, April 4)

April 3, 2023
By Matt Sterner

There isn’t just one season of giving and it can be all year round. On Tuesday, April 4, it’s officially Arizona Gives Day — a day dedicated to online giving to benefit local nonprofits.

Local non-profit organizations involved in ending hunger and bettering the community, much like the Community Food Bank, benefit from days such as this. Throughout the state, in five counties, the Community Food Bank provides emergency food assistance to almost 200,000 people each year. A third of those people are children, whose hunger then negatively affects brain development, behavior, and academic achievement.

Like many other non-profits, the Community Food Bank has activated early donations so you don’t have to wait until tomorrow to donate.

Another spot in town that benefits from Arizona Gives Day is the Community Gardens of Tucson. On Facebook, the organization points out the importance of keeping your money local and supporting our local communities. You can also donate early at azgives.org.

“Your gift supports creating a stronger, healthier, more vibrant Tucson through our community gardens,” the Community Gardens of Tucson shared.

The Iskashitaa Refugee Network helps UN refugees integrate into the local community while “educating the public, strengthening the local food system, reducing local food waste, and increasing food security.” Then there’s Sol Food Initiatives, Inc., which provides meals to those in need throughout Tucson’s east side community.

“We accomplish this mission by creating and hosting collective impacts between nonprofit and commercial partners, fostering pilot initiatives and social enterprises for hunger relief, and managing commissary access to a commercial kitchen,” Sol Food Initiatives shared online.

The Heirloom Farmers Markets play a huge role in feeding those in need, too. By accepting food assistance programs like Snap/EBT, Heirloom means a lot to the local community, farmers, and food vendors.

Donate this AZ Gives Day to Heirloom Farmers Markets, and help us get moving towards our goal of purchasing a van for HFM operations,” Heirloom Farmers Markets shared online. “The HFM van will serve to increase our outreach to the broader Southern Arizona community, carry larger items (tents, tables, chairs) to our markets, and facilitate farm and ranch visits.”

These are just a few of the local organizations that could use a helping hand not only on Arizona Gives Day, but all throughout the year.

For more information, visit azgives.org.

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