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Nov 16, 2011 1:23 PM

Community Food Bank unable to provide holiday food boxes this year

TUCSON - The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is unable to distribute holiday food boxes this year due to the downturn in the economy and the increasing number of people seeking assistance, the organization said Wednesday.

Neither the food bank main location nor any of its 5 branch food banks will be able to provide holiday food items, Community Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie said. The cost of providing holiday food boxes in the past has cost more than $350,000 and the Food Bank said it does not have the resources to provide the additional holiday items.

"It is disappointing that we will be unable to provide holiday food items," said Bill Carnegie, Community Food Bank CEO. "We are referring people to the Salvation Army and Apostolic Deliverance Ministries for holiday meals."

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona said it will be distributing their regular food boxes in November and December.

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