"Feed the Need" Community Food Drive

Mark Your Calendars! The early CBS 47 "Feed the Need" Collection Drive will be held on Wednesday, September 23 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the CBS 47 Studios on McKinley Avenue! On this day only, people who bring 12 or more canned food items per person will get a free admission ticket to the 2015 Big Fresno Fair good for any day Monday - Friday. Limit 2 tickets per vehicle. All food collected will go directly to Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army to aid in their fight against hunger. Last year,  a total of 16,857 lbs of food were collected at this drive! Come out and help us beat last year's collection totals!
Then, 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. 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.
Last year an incredible 274,970 lbs. (or 137.5 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 71.8% 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 436 tons of food collected!
The significant increase in food collected at the 2014 "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive is attributed to the new Corporate Donation Outreach effort. A total of 36 businesses and individuals stepped up in support of the "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive by either donating food or money. For every dollar collected, The Salvation Army and Community Food Bank can buy 9 pounds worth of food. The Big Fresno Fair and its partners would like to thank and publicly recognize the following businesses and individuals who supported the Save Mart & FoodMaxx "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive Effort:
Andrew J. Slenders, Jr. & Arlete M. Slenders/dba Slenders Dairy
Baker Commodities, Inc.
Better Flooring Inc.
CBS 47 "Feed the Need" Collection Drive
Central Valley Community Bank
Donna Turner
Earl & Elizabeth Hudson
Fair Education Program Volunteers
Fowler Packing
Frank & Darlene Hashimoto
Friends of the Big Fresno Fair
General Vang Pao Foundation
GL Bruno Associates
Halbert & Beverly Baldwin
Harris Ranch
Howe Electric
J & L Vineyards
J.D. Heiskell Holdings, LLC
John & Darrel Satragni
Leslie & Donna Ishii
Michael R. Tolladay
Minnick Roofing
Pacheco Dairy, Inc.
Paden & Bletscher Construction
Penny Newman Grain, Inc.
Phillips Silage Harvesting, Inc.
Pipe Trades District Council No. 36
Porto Brothers
Ricks Drywall, Inc.
Ron & Judith Elia
Simonian Fruit Company
Sumner Peck Ranch, Inc.
Takashi & Amy Tsuda
TerraNova Ranch, Inc.
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas
Trinity Fruit Sales
Vida Sana Medical Group
Wawona Frozen Foods
Western Milling Quality Feeds
Wm. B. Saleh Co. Distinctive Painting
Z Blinds Company, Inc.                                                                                                       
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.