Food recently collected by St. Mark's United Methodist Church for the Interfaith Community Services.
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church has reached two milestones in its food collection efforts during the pandemic.
The church, at 1431 W. Magee Road, has collected 25,000 pounds of food since last March, and has passed 9,000 pounds collected so far this year.
The food is donated to the Interfaith Community Services food banks for distribution.
The ICS board of directors recently honored the Rev. Sharon Ragland, the church’s senior pastor, for the church’s long-term support of the nonprofit.
The church was a founding member of the Interfaith Community Services.
Church volunteers collect food every Tuesday and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the north parking lot of St. Mark’s, which is at North La Cañada and Magee roads. Anyone from the community is welcome to come by and drop of food at these events.
The elephants at Reid Park Zoo enjoyed playing in the rain Tuesday. Video courtesy of the Reid Park Zoo.
Doug Kreutz's amazing outdoor scenes
Red lobelia in bloom at the Shade Oasis. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Golden columbines are blooming this month in a dry stream bed along the Green Mountain Trail in the Catalina Mountains.
Four wild turkeys on the move in Madera Canyon south of Tucson.
Clumps of ferns
Some sections of the Green Mountain Trail pass clumps of green ferns.
Cluster of blossoms
Saguaros are putting on a grand bloom along and above the Catalina Highway northeast of Tucson.
Chaste tree bloom
The bloom of a chaste tree at the Shade Oasis.
A lizard at the Shade Oasis.
A blue columbine flower at the Shade Oasis.
Butterflies and blooms
Butterflies and blooms are abundant at the Shade Oasis, open during the day, seven days a week, free of charge.
Blooms at Prickly Park
Yellow prickly pear flowers at Pima Prickly Park. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Red cactus blooms
Red cactus blooms at Pima Prickly Park. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Desert flowers in bloom at Pima Prickly Park. — Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Prickly pear cactus
A prickly pear cactus in brilliant bloom.
A cholla cactus with red blooms.
A prickly pear cactus with red blooms in the desert west of Tucson.
Yellow prickly pear flowers
Yellow flowers of prickly pears add color and beauty to Tucson Mountain Park west of the city.
A saguaro produces a brilliant bloom in the Catalina Foothills in mid-April 2018. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Wildflowers along Catalina Highway
Wildflowers bloom along the Catalina Highway.
Penstemon wildflowers along the Box Camp Trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains in 2016.
Globemallow blooms add to the color show at Saguaro National Park West in 2017.
Verbena are among wildflowers beginning to bloom at Saguaro National Park West in 2017.
This saguaro is in the Catalina Foothills. While full bloom usually arrives in May, the blossoms often start in April.
A saguaro blooming in the Catalina Foothills on April 12, 2018.
Finger Rock points to the sky high above Finger Rock Canyon.
Brittlebush flowers along the Finger Rock Canyon Trail. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Blooms and ridge
Ocotillo blooms and a ridge above Finger Rock Canyon.
Bee and palo verde
A bee pays a visit to a blooming palo verde tree. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Fairy duster flowers
A fairy duster in bloom. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
A creosote in bloom. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Starz
Spring in Tucson
This hedgehog cactus is just one of many plants blooming as the desert goes through spring bloom Chapter 2.
Spring in Tucson
A yucca wears a coat of white as it blooms in the Catalina Foothills area.
Ocotillos like this one are blooming across the Tucson Valley.
Ocotillo in bloom
An ocotillo in brilliant bloom.
Lupines and poppies
Blue lupines and gold poppies are among the wildflowers blooming at Catalina State Park.
A purple bloom gracing the desert at Saguaro National Park west of Tucson. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Desert chicory and poppies
A desert chicory bloom, in the foreground, with gold poppies blooming nearby. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Globe mallow. Photo taken along the Catalina Highway on March 12, 2013.
Pool along Sabino Creek
Some large pools have formed along Sabino Creek since the creek resumed its vigorous flow after a long dry spell.
Sabino flowing again
Sabino Creek, which had been bone dry for 153 straight days until mid-February, is now flowing again thanks to runoff from rains and mountain snow.
Gold poppies blooming at Catalina State Park north of Tucson. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Bee visits a poppy
A bee visits a Mexican gold poppy blooming at Catalina State Park north of Tucson.
Cactus with a nasty side
A chain fruit cholla, also known as a jumping cholla, at Saguaro National Park west of Tucson. Chains can have 10 to 12 fruits.
Chain fruit cholla
Jumping cholla further increase their reproducing potential by hitching a ride on passing people or animals.
Clouds over cactus cluster
Unusual clouds grace the sky over a cluster of small saguaros in Tucson Mountain Park west of the city.
Sunset light illuminates clouds over Tucson.
A rich mix of clouds decorates the sky over Tucson at sunset, with wispy cirrus clouds having an almost transparent character.
Wild Burro Trail
Wildflowers dress up a stone ruin, apparently of an old ranch building, along the Wild Burro Trail in the Tortolita Mountains.
This small pool is a remnant of Sabino Creek, which hasn't flowed since Sept. 14. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Small saguaros and other plants create a complex desert scene along the Bajada Loop Nature Trail. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Diffused light creates a sunburst effect around a saguaro along the Bajada Loop Nature Trail in Sabino Canyon. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
A rare crested saguaro grows next to a more common saguaro specimen. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
The Phoneline Trail and Blackett’s Ridge Trail provide some of the best vantages to see the canyon from above.
Phoneline Trail views
A guardrail provides protection for hikers taking in views of Sabino Canyon from the Phoneline Trail.
A tram on the Sabino Canyon Road shown in a telephoto view from high above the canyon floor.
Birds at Deep Pond
Birds, including a great blue heron, are finding less water than normal these days in the pond, near Forgeus Avenue and Ajo Way.
The Deep Pond at the Kino Environmental Restoration Project has become smaller after months with no measurable inflow from rains.
Barrel cactus fruits brighten the landscape along the Big Wash Trail.
Catalina Mountain views
Mature desert vegetation and views of the Catalina Mountains are part of the scenery along the Big Wash Trail in Oro Valley.
Brown Mountain Trail
Cactus blossoms along the Brown Mountain Trail, which yields more beautiful views than its name might suggest.
The trek up Mount Wrightson — the highest of all the peaks surrounding the city — is a workout for legs and lungs.
A deer in a secluded part of Madera Canyon on April 6, 2016.
Finger Rock Trail
The challenging Finger Rock Canyon Trail is roughly aligned with North Swan Road.
Saguaro National Park
A maze of interconnected trails — more than a dozen of them — await hikers at the end of East Broadway.
Violets are blooming in January in a garden at the Tumacacori Mission south of Tucson.
Citrus trees are bearing fruit in the orchard at the Tumacacori Mission, which has a wide variety of fruit trees.
Brilliant yellow columbine flowers are blooming in gardens at Tumacacori Mission south of Tucson in January. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Sabino Canyon hues
The extended autumn color in Sabino Canyon is “pleasant to the eye but troubling to the soul,” says naturalist David Lazaroff.
A roadrunner sometimes visits a heritage tree site at the Tumaccori Mission. -- Credit: Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Plants along Tucson waterways flourish in the sunshine.
Spring wildflowers like these have bloomed abundantly in recent years, but this year's bloom could be largely a bust because of a lack of timely rains.
Several books suggest freezes may cause saguaros’ irregularities, like the one seen above off the Linda Vista Trail.
Tangle of saguaro limbs
Several saguaros with a bizarre tangle of limbs stand out along the Linda Vista Trail north of Tucson.
Saguaro with limbs hanging down
This specimen, sometimes called the “pooped-out saguaro,” has its four main limbs hanging toward the ground rather than standing tall.
Saguaro blooming in mid-November
Saguaros usually burst into bloom in late spring or early summer, but some are flowering in fall’s cooler temperatures.
The red hues of a maple tree brighten the Marshall Gulch Trail in the Catalina Mountains.
Red autumn color
Maple leaves add splashes of brilliant red autumn color along the Marshall Gulch Trail high in the Catalina Mountains.
Leaves floating on water
Colorful autumn leaves float in a pool along a stream beside the Marshall Gulch Trail in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.
Autumn color endures
Colorful leaves endure into November along the Marshall Gulch Trail in the Catalina Mountains.
Clouds at sunrise
An aerial armada of clouds graced the skies over Tucson at sunrise on Thursday, October 12. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star
A monsoon storm over Tucson on Monday evening was followed by radiant rays at sunset. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star, July 10, 2017.
Sea of clouds
A sea of clouds sailing over the Catalina Mountains on Wednesday morning, August 23.
Pincushion cactus in brilliant bloom
A pincushion cactus, nurtured by monsoon rains, is in brilliant bloom in the Catalina Foothills on Tuesday, July 18. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.
Crested saguaro signals touchdown
It’s still months until the football season, but this crested saguaro beside Old Main on the University of Arizona campus is already signaling a touchdown. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star
A climber perches atop Hitchcock Pinnacle in the Catalina Mountains while another rappels down the cliff. Photo by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star.
Colorful wildflowers and emerald-green ferns grace forests of the Catalina Mountains in the first week of June. Photos by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star
Colorful wildflowers grace forests of the Catalina Mountains in the first week of June. Photos by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star
Emerald-green ferns grace forests of the Catalina Mountains in the first week of June. Photos by Doug Kreutz, Arizona Daily Star