Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Lose weight, help Tucson Community Food Bank

If you make a resolution or have a goal to lose weight, this may be a way to stick to your plan, more so than just talking to the mirror or wishful thinking. You can help yourself by helping others. The concept sounds like a win-win to me.

Press release from Tucson Community Food Bank

Tucson–The Community Food Bank is urging Southern Arizona residents to join the “Pound for Pound Challenge” to lose weight and help end the hunger crisis.

NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”, General Mills, Subway, 24 Hour Fitness and Feeding America are partnering on the “Pound for Pound Challenge” to encourage Americans across the country to lose weight nationally and provide hunger relief locally.

For a second year, for every pound of weight participants pledge to lose, a pound of groceries will be delivered to a local food bank.

Recent data from the U.S. government shows that almost 21% of Tucsonans live below the poverty level and lack consistent access to adequate amounts of nutritious food.

“These are alarming numbers and it’s tragic that so many people in our communities don’t have regular access to food,” said Bill Carnegie, President/CEO of the Community Food Bank.  “At these rates, we all likely know someone affected by hunger and can help them in a big way simply by participating in the “Pound for Pound Challenge.”

To join the “Challenge” people can visit the PFP Challenge website or
the Biggest Loser website and enter their weight loss goals.  You may also link to those web sites through the Community Food Bank’s website.

For every pound of weight participants pledge to lose, the “Pound for Pound Challenge” will donate 14 cents to Feeding America – enough to deliver one pound of groceries to local food banks (including the Community Food Bank) – up to a maximum donation of $800,000.

The new season of “The Biggest Loser” can be seen Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC (locally on channel 4, KVOA-TV).

Founded in 1976, the Community Food Bank provides education, advocacy, and food for people throughout Southern Arizona including Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee Counties.

If you sign up, consider letting us know by posting a comment with your goals.  Thank you

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