"Feed the Need" Community Food Drive


On Thursday, October 15 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. at The Big Fresno Fair will be the 7th Annual Save Mart & FoodMaxx "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive! On this day only, bring 5 or more canned food or other non-perishable food items per person between the time specified above and receive FREE admission into the Fair! All food is donated to the Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army who provides emergency food assistance to the nearly 500,000 people living in poverty in Fresno, Madera, Kings and Kern counties who are unable to provide food for themselves and their families.

Plus new in 2015, The Big Fresno Fair is partnering with Fresno State to lead a Student Cupboard Food Drive Challenge! Click here to learn how you can give back to  your Fresno State community to earn a FREE Entry Pass good for Thursday, October 15. Plus, how your Fresno State organization can compete for the highest volume collected to receive additional Fair Entry Passes or even concert tickets to see BET award-winner and Grammy nominee, rapper 2 Chainz on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

This year, the Fair is also encouraging businesses to join the effort yet again and contribute bulk food donations or monetary contributions as part of our Corporate Donation Outreach Initiative that goes directly to Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army. We take all types of food and will help coordinate delivery. For businesses and/or individuals making large bulk food or monetary donations, there are special recognition opportunities with the media, at Opening Ceremonies and on our website – plus special Big Fresno Fair ticket packages available as a “thank you” for support. For every dollar collected, The Salvation Army and Community Food Bank can buy 9 pounds worth of food. Please consider donating to our “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive effort and help us in our fight to end hunger in our community. No donation is too big or too small – everything is appreciated and needed! Click here to learn more about those businesses and individuals who have contributed towards this effort.

Last year an incredible 279,491 lbs. (or nearly 140 tons) of food was collected at the Save Mart & FoodMaxx "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive to help feed those in need in our community. That collection total represent a 75% increase over pounds/tons collected in 2013 bringing The Big Fresno Fair’s “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive six year total to more than 443 tons of food collected!

As the need for emergency food assistance among families continues to grow and the face of hunger expand, Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army cannot meet the need without our community coming together in support of their efforts. Individually we cannot make a big impact, but together as a community we can make a big difference.

Again, thank you for coming together to make a difference in a BIG way for our community!  If you are a business that would like to get involved in this effort, please email fairpr@fresnofair.com or call (559) 650-3229.