The Big Fresno Fair's Save Mart and FoodMaxx “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive in partnership with The Salvation Army, Community Food Bank and valued media partners, will be held on Thursday, October 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.! Just bring 5 or more non-perishable food items per person to the Fair gates on this day only and get into the Fair for FREE!
This food drive raised 153,082.43 pounds, or 76.5 tons of food for the community in 2012 on Thursday, October 11, 2012, breaking its own national record for a single day, single location food drive with a 42% increase in donations. The effort was supported by over 300 volunteers who donated their time collecting 5 cans of food per person as they entered the Fair for free in exchange for their contribution to the Salvation Army and Community Food Bank.
The success of the 2012 “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive is attributed to an increase of cash donations from Fair patrons, local businesses, outreach efforts of The Big Fresno Fair Board of Directors, and a very generous donation of food (20,000 pounds) provided by Wawona Frozen Foods. The “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive collected 54 tons of food at the 2011 Big Fresno Fair.
Including the 2012 “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive, The Big Fresno Fair has collected a total of 210.5 tons of food for the community since the single day event began in 2009.
All food collected the "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive is donated to The Salvation Army and Community Food Bank who work relentlessly to feed those individuals and families in need within our Fresno County community.
Thank you to everyone who helped organize this event and who turned out to donate! You made a big different for our community! We look forward to what we can accomplish at the 2013 "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive!
This food drive began in 2009 due to the economic instability and pocket poverty in the City and County of Fresno and the increased demand for food and financial resources to feed families within the community. Because of that increased need, The Big Fresno Fair teamed up with The Salvation Army and Community Food Bank to hold the annual “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive. As the "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive continues today, these organizations hope to help feed the nearly 245,000 people living in poverty in Fresno, Madera and Kings Counties unable to provide food for themselves and their families.
Interested in volunteering? Contact HandsOn Central California at 559-237-3101or click here
Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts Recruitment Program
The Big Fresno Fair also invites all Girl Scout and Boy Scout members, non-members, students, their parents and friends to The Big Fresno Fair for the “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive to help our community by participating in this fourth annual Food Drive.
Not a Scout? Join the Girl Scouts of Central California South or the Sequoia Council Boy Scouts of America for FREE on this day only at the Fair!
On this day only, complete The Big Fresno Fair activity sheet and explore the Fair as you are taken on an interactive tour of Fair exhibits. Turn in your activity sheet by dark and earn the 2013 Big Fresno Fair Fun Patch!
Just bring 5 or more non-perishable food items to The Big Fresno Fair on that designated date as part of the "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive and join in all of the fun and excitement for FREE!