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Winter Showers Help Prepare For Monsoon Storms

It’s important to manage the flow of water on-site to avoid flood damage to the land and building, plus harvesting that rainwater can decrease your water bill! Winter storms and showers help us prepare for monsoon downpours by tracking the flow of water and planning ahead at home and at the office.

Water Management and Harvesting has many benefits including:

  • Increase water availability for on-site vegetation,
  • Reduce on-site flooding and erosion,
  • Reduce water bills and groundwater pumping
  • Extend the life of landscaping (rainwater is usually low in salt content and relatively high in nitrogen).

It’s only takes 3 steps to get started

Humanity Hub Network Green Team tracking and measuring waterflow

Here are the three easy steps to manage waterways and harvest rainwater at home or in the office.

1 – Take a look

Track the water flow and puddles that appear after a winter storm or shower. First you need to know what you are working with. How does water flow in and out of your space? Where does water accumulate and become stagnant, causing puddles (or a small pond or lake) to appear after a good rainstorm.

2 – Find Creative Solutions

Identify ways you can achieve better waterflow away from buildings and ground absorption. A few solutions include planting trees and gardens, creating rainwater basins around trees, creating waterways for the water to flow toward plants and trees, removing weed control plastic or concrete for better ground absorption, and more! See how doing these things can save money on your water bill. There are so many water harvesting resources online and in the community, such as the City of Tucson Rainwater Harvesting Guidance Manual, and local businesses like EcoSense in Tucson, that provides rainwater harvesting services and landscaping.

3 – Implement Solutions

Take the time to implement a solution for your property’s waterflow management. Direct water away from buildings and walkways to mitigate damage or accidents and toward plants and trees. Oh and don’t forget to take a moment to celebrate. You did it! Progress should always be appreciated.

What’s next?

Repeat steps one through three throughout the year to maximize your results. Be sure to take a look during and after the severe storms we experience during monsoon season here in the Sonoran Desert . Take a look at the waterflow after a solution was implemented, find creative solutions to continue to help the water flow safely while sustaining your trees and gardens (and saving lots of money on your water bill)!

FAQ

Who qualifies for free or discounted food boxes?

Who is eligible to receive free or discounted food boxes?

Eligibility will be self-identified, and is first come, first serve. The amount of these available will depend on funding and capacity. We will have a waitlist for those beyond our current capacity. Waitlisted individuals will become eligible as we increase funding and capacity. Another opportunity to receive a free food box subscription is to volunteer (delivery driving or work in a community garden nearby).

We are planning to accept EBT/ SNAP (Food Stamps). We will take advantage of the expedited approval process allowed during this time to help with food security as soon as possible.

Our recommendations for our free and discounted model:

To allow for free and discounted boxes to be available for those that are truly in need but have fallen through the cracks and are ineligible for benefits through programs like EBT/SNAP we recommend the following:

  • Those without food support through these programs are able to utilize these free and discounted boxes no questions asked. First Come, First Serve. We will have a waitlist so that as we scale up and get additional funding we can quickly offer additional free and discounted food boxes to those who have been waiting.
  • For EBT users that have the EBT funds available we recommend that they pay for a regular priced food box using their EBT card.
  • For EBT users that have scarce EBT funding for the amount of people they are actually feeding, we recommend that they pay for a discounted food box using their EBT card.
FAQ

Can people with allergies enjoy the food box?

What steps will be taken to protect consumers from food allergies? Will there be warnings for potential food allergies?

Yes, we will communicate ingredients and potential allergens through our product descriptions and labeling. Our processes will allow allergy sensitive customers to easily navigate and enjoy items in the food box.

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How will HHN ensure food quality and freshness?

What steps will be taken to ensure food quality and freshness?

Our commitment to quality is reflected in our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) so we can consistently keep foods fresh and temp controlled until you unpack your box at home.

We ensure quality by partnering with local entities that are also committed to quality, freshness, and sustainability.

This means that our cold items stay cold, especially during transit. You can read more about how to keep your food box fresh upon delivery. Follow our recommendations for freshness in the delivery schedule question, here.

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How will HHN avoid cross-contamination?

How will HHN avoid cross-contamination, especially during covid-19?

Additional food items will be separately prepared, packaged, sealed, and labeled before going in the box so food items and ingredients do not cross contaminate.

During this time with Covid-19 we will be taking additional measures to be sure all items coming from all our vendors are clean before going in the box. As part of our CLEAN Promise, we will be wearing masks and utilizing UV wands as well as other methods to sanitize and stay healthly.

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Are delivery drivers vetted?

Are background checks performed on delivery drivers?

Our goal is to partner with local courier companies for our doorstep delivery. Our partners will ensure the quality of delivery drivers and the safety of our customers.

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What’s the delivery schedule?

Is there a delivery schedule for the food and loot boxes?

Yes, we will have set delivery days depending on your location in Arizona. Time of delivery will be an early morning delivery window, especially for food boxes in the summer. Loot boxes may utilize local delivery (use map below) or traditional shipping methods through USPS.

Tucson Local Food Box Delivery Info:

Every 4th Monday of the Month

Morning Delivery Window: 9am-12pm

Greater Tucson Area Coverage Map for included delivery:

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How will HHN contribute to individual’s home gardens?

How will HHN help individuals start and maintain their food gardens?

Our customers (paid or otherwise) will be able to take advantage of discounts at local nurseries, and support from local programs and organizations like the Seed to Supper Course, Master Gardener’s program, and more, to get their home gardens started. The food box will help supplement those home grown fruits and veggies. PLUS the organic waste created by our boxes can then be composted either at home or in the community garden nearby or through a partner like Compost Cats here in Tucson at the U of A. We will also include educational materials in the box to help people get started.

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How will HHN contribute to local gardens?

Will HHN contribute to existing food gardens, create their own for communities, or help maintain community gardens?

Yes, yes, and yes. Community gardens need funding and support, and in some communities, they don’t even have one yet! It is our goal to assist with starting, and maintaining as many community gardens as possible by including them in the Humanity Hub Network.

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Return & Refund Policy

What is your return/exchange policy for food and products?

With COVID-19 there will be NO returns accepted at this time.

In rare cases there may be a need for a refund. Situations like this will be addressed case by case.