Punch Woods, longtime Food Bank head, dead at 82
Charles T. "Punch" Woods, who led the Community Food Bank for a quarter-century, died Wednesday morning after a horseback riding accident. He was 82 years old.
Woods, who retired from the nonprofit group in 2003, was described as "dedicated and passionate in his fight to end hunger."
He oversaw significant growth of the Community Food Bank and had the foresight to spearhead the group's move to its current warehouse at 3003 S. Country Club Rd., a statement from the nonprofit said.
"Punch Woods had a tremendous sense of caring, a spirited sense of humor and served as a vocal advocate in raising awareness of hunger in southern Arizona," the Food Bank said.
"Punch worked so hard knowing that people need help today, that it is a disgrace and shame for so many people to be in need of help. His commitment to work toward a more just system guides our work today, as we not only help hungry people today, but work to address the root cause of hunger and poverty for a better tomorrow," said Michael McDonald, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
"Punch died early this morning at the age of 82 after a sudden horseback riding accident," the group said. "He leaves behind his loving wife of 59 years, Casey Woods, three grown daughters, four grandchildren and many community members saddened by this loss. The Woods family is requesting privacy at this time."