Buddy's Bazaar

Kindergarten student Francisco Castro, 5, heaves a bag of fresh produce over his shoulders before boarding his school bus for home while at Buddy's Bazaar, a monthly donation program located at Walter Douglas Elementary School, 3302 N. Flowing Wells Rd. The bazaar, which is sponsored by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, provides fresh produce for children primarily in the Flowing Wells and is funded by the BBVA Compass Bank and a $2,500 donation from the Hagar Foundation. The produce is collected from the Nogales Community Food Bank, a branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Some of the fresh produce that was delivered included spaghetti squash, tomatoes and eggplant. This is the third year for the program which helps around 400 students and roughly between 800 to 1,000 people who are fed each month, said Tamara McAllister, the principal at Douglas. In addition to the students, nearby residents are welcome to the free produce, McAllister said. Whenever possible, McAllister tries to provide recipes for the various types of produce that is delivered. The amount of produce a family can take with them depends on the number of people in the household, she said. Any produce that is left over is delivered to a senior center at the Terra Vista mobile home park where around 129 families are helped, said McAllister. The photo was taken on Friday, March 21, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. 

March 24, 2014 10:58 am  • 
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