County-wide food drive is under way

County-wide food drive is under way

When Tucson’s weather heats up, winter visitors head out, leaving local charities hurting for donations.

One of those nonprofits, Interfaith Community Services, is holding its fourth annual “Freedom From Hunger” food and fund drive through July 5.

ICS provides food and other help to people in need throughout Pima County. It is accepting donations of cash and nonperishable food at Commerce Bank (2285 W. Ina Road, 3805 E. Broadway and 3002 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 100); Rising Star Baptist Church, 2800 E. 36th St.; and the ICS offices, which are at 2820 W. Ina Road and New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8701 E. Old Spanish Trail.

The items it needs most are pasta, spaghetti sauce, chili and other canned meals, cereal, peanut butter and canned fruits.

Last summer’s Freedom From Hunger drive collected more than seven tons of food for ICS, according to the agency.

Businesses and organizations are invited to help out by hosting a food drive or by serving as a collection site. Call ICS Food Bank Coordinator Curt Balko at 297-2738, Ext. 231, for more information.

For general information, go to or call 297-6049.

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