"Feed the Need" Community Food Drive


During the 2015 Big Fresno Fair "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive, an incredible 271,688 lbs. (or more than 135 tons) of food was collected to help feed those in need in our community bringing the program's seven-year total to nearly 580 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. 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.

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.

The collection numbers above reflect efforts from the Fair-time drive held on Thursday, October 15, in which 55,671 lbs. of food was collected at the Fair gates, coupled with a new Fresno State Student Cupboard Food Drive Challenge, a Corporate Donation Outreach Initiative and an Early Food Drive held in partnership with local media partner CBS 47.

Last year, the Fair established a new partnership with Fresno State aimed at leading an on-campus food drive to benefit the Student Cupboard as part of the overall “Feed the Need” effort. The Fresno State Student Cupboard, an initiative of the Fresno State Food Security Project, provides free food and hygiene items to Fresno State students in need of assistance. The Fresno State community, specifically student-run clubs and organizations, were asked to bring 5 or more canned food items per person to the Fresno State Student Cupboard from Thursday, October 1 to Wednesday, October 14 at noon in exchange for a Free Entry Pass to The Big Fresno Fair good for Thursday, October 15 – the same day as the Fair’s “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive. Fresno State came forward to support their community by collecting 21,460 lbs. of food that stayed at the Student Cupboard for students in need!

The Fair’s Early Food Drive in partnership with CBS 47 resulted in 15,649 lbs. of food and was held on Wednesday, September 23 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., where people who donated 12 or more canned food items per person received a Free Entry Pass to The 2015 Big Fresno Fair, good for any day Monday-Friday.

Finally, the Fair’s Corporate Donation Outreach Initiative resulted in an impressive 178,908 lbs. of food collected in the form of bulk food donations and monetary contributions. Monetary donations are reported in pounds using the formula that every $1 donated can purchase 9 lbs. worth of food. Without the additional support from local businesses the “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive would not be as successful in helping to feed local families in Fresno County.  

The Big Fresno Fair partners with Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army to help operate this large of a food drive effort each year with the support of community partners including Save Mart Supermarkets, FoodMaxx, Wells Fargo and local media outlets. As an agricultural-based Fair, The Big Fresno Fair is proud to stand behind this program and with help from our local community, the Fair looks forward to continuing the fight against hunger and providing assistance to those who have nowhere else to turn.