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January 8th, 2009
Congressman Grijalva to Tour Tucson Community Food Bank

Will hold press conference concerning upcoming economic stimulus package – and how it will help local communities

Tucson, AZ— U.S. Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva will tour the Tucson Community Food Bank and hold a press conference to discuss how the upcoming economic stimulus package will help local communities in the next coming year on Monday, January 12.

“We have endured the largest fiscal deterioration in American history,” said Grijalva. “Many families cannot pay their bills and are watching their life savings disappear. It is our responsibility to pursue policies that reflect the interests and values of America’s working families. I believe this economic stimulus plan will help not just those who utilize the Community Food Bank, but will help all Americans, regardless of income. This is an ambitious plan and while it will not be easy, it will be the start of a new beginning for our Nation.”

Nearly two million jobs have been lost and another 2.8 million Americans who want and need full-time work have had to settle for part-time jobs. The sour economy is being blamed for both a slowdown in donations and a corresponding increase in the number of families needing assistance. The Tucson Community Food Bank distributed 36 percent more food boxes in the first 11 months of 2008 than in 2007. To accommodate with the growing number of requests, the Food Bank will reduce the amount of help it can provide each family.

Congress and the new Obama Administration are working on an economic stimulus plan that will take dramatic action on the economic crisis confronting our nation. The proposed American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan will immediately jumpstart job creation and long-term growth, while providing immediate relief to working families.

WHAT: Congressman Grijalva to Tour Tucson Community Food Bank and hold press conference on Stimulus Package.

WHEN: 10:30am, Monday, January 12, 2009.

WHERE: Tucson Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Rd., Tucson.

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