Giving Back: A Donation to the Association of Arizona Food Banks

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Here at Chow Bella, we understand how important it is to give (and receive) the perfect foodie gift. So this season, we're helping out by offering 21 food- and drink-focused gift suggestions, one each work day until Christmas, from a local business or provider. You get scads of rock-star ideas, the dollars stay in the Valley, and we get to go shopping -- win, win, win!

1: Giving Back Giving: A Donation to the Association of Arizona Food Banks

Need a last minute gift for the person who has everything? How about a gift that gives to others -- in a most-needed way?

Established in 1984, the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB) is a private, non-profit organization serving five regional food bank members and a network of nearly 1,700 food pantries and agencies.

The AAFB develops food resources, promotes nutrition, advocates for public policy changes to help hungry people, fosters cooperation among food banks, networks with government, local, state and national leaders dedicated to ending hunger, and engages all sectors of society in hunger awareness and sensitivity.

Through their website, you can make a secure, one-time or monthly donation. Plus, acknowledgements, without dollar amounts, can be sent to your honorees.

It's nothing short of a shining example of the true spirit of the holidays.

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Ross
Ross

In other words, include your local lobbyist on your Christmas gift list!

AAFB reports that in its four fiscal years 2006-2009, it spent $1 million on lobbying.  That's a lot of pasta and peanut butter.  I would rather donate to one of the food banks so that the money actually gets to the poor.  (Also, you should mention that food bank donations are generally eligible for the $200 state tax credit, so it really doesn't cost anything if you pay that much in Arizona income tax already.)

AAFB's executive director makes $78,000 a year, supervising all that lobbying.  How much does the average New Times food critic earn?

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