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Winterhaven brings in 2,500 pounds of canned goods on opening weekend

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona got a big boost on Winterhaven's opening weekend. Boxes and boxes of canned goods were stored inside a food trailer. So far, volunteers say they've raised 2,500 pounds of food which is about half the size of a swimming pool.

Organizers say about 80 percent of the food stays in Tucson because it is the largest city in Southern Arizona and there's more of a demand. But, the rest of the canned food will be distributed to other parts of the region like Douglas. Winterhaven is a free event but you're asked to bring either canned goods or donate money.

"Not just for the holidays but throughout the year all the families really need this food," George Fahrman, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, said. "Some people are really in bad spots."

Organizers will count the monetary donations on Monday morning.

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