Sowing the Seeds of Change

The Story of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Seth Schindler (Author)
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This is the story of a remarkable organization’s sustained, compassionate response to a problem of staggering proportions: there are about 35 million food-insecure people in America today.

The numbers are no less shocking in southern Arizona: one in six residents, and one in four children, are food insecure. How can this be in the richest country in the world? This book explores that paradox and the innovative solutions that one organization has developed to create a healthier, more secure tomorrow for the less fortunate among us.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFB) is one of the oldest and most respected food banks in America. It is a widely recognized leader not simply in providing hunger relief but in attacking the root causes of hunger and poverty through community development, education, and advocacy. In 2018, Feeding America—the national organization of food banks—named it “Food Bank of the Year.” The CFB serves as a model for all nonprofits to follow, no matter their mission.

This profusely illustrated book chronicles the CFB’s amazing success and evolution from a tiny grassroots hunger-relief organization to one with more than six thousand workers and an annual budget exceeding $100 million. The book gives voice to the thousands of CFB participants past and present, weaving their profiles and quotes throughout the book. These profiles personalize the history of the CFB and give readers an insider’s perspective on the people and events that shaped the food bank’s success. It shows how individuals working together can help prevent hunger and break the cycle of poverty that is its cause.

The aim of Sowing the Seeds of Change is not to laud the CFB’s achievements. It is to demonstrate to readers that the war against hunger, despite the obstacles, can be won. And not tomorrow. Now!

"Find out how one community led a nation by recognizing food insecurity as a systemic and personal problem and went about solving it with respect, dignity and the realization that community action aligned with individual responsibility can lead to resilience while strengthening the bonds that hold us together."—Janos Wilder, James Beard Award-winning Tucson Chef

"It is a story of hope, commitment, compassion, and strength, but it is also a story of vision, persistence, resilience, and adaptability. After reading this love story I felt better; I trust that you will also."—Ilaria M. Grimaldi, Economic Botany

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