Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona CEO Michael McDonald at DGT

    November 7, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    CEO Michael McDonald  from Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona will speak, in time for Thanksgiving on Nov. 24, 2016.

    “Formerly CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Tucson (for 10 years), Mr. McDonald holds a BA from UA, a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, with stints at Burr-Brown, Nature Conservancy, Native Seeds/SEARCH.”

    Michael McDonald
    Michael McDonald

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    Usually in November at DGT former State House Rep. Marion Pickens passes around the turkey basket for donations for the Community Food Bank.

    There is a required nominal charge of $3.50 for a beverage at Dragon’s View.  An optional buffet lunch is available for just $10.00 that includes beverage and dessert.  Both prices include tax and tip. Credit and Debit Cards are accepted, but will incur a $2.00 processing fee that is added to the price of your meal.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. McDonald spoke passionately today about the 187,000 clients they served in 2015, from 5 counties, utilizing lots of community partners and networking. He is committed to hunger relief, helping people to learn to grow food, provide economic opportunities through food. “Access & equity” to live the American Dream is his goal, plus decrease the # of recipients of their CFB business (currently 16% of the total pop.) Questions were about food stamps, food surplus (federal), UA Food Pantry, SNAP food stamp program, which grocery stores donate food, gardening education programs, community/school gardens (200), charitable contribution tax credit increase, would Jim Click get food if he showed up & asked for it, hydroponics in the future, teaching students in more affluent schools to grow food, culinary full meal preparation, CFB community & demo gardens, pet food bank?, catering program, Casa Maria Food Pantry, David Monthan volunteers/clients, website to volunteer, French intensive gardens, aquaponics, variety of food donations (spices), access for all who are hungry.

      Former House Rep. Marion Pickens did pass a turkey basket and today raised over $1,000 for the CFB. Two more DGT Mondays to collect $ before Thanksgiving. Give generously for those who need hunger relief.

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