"Feed the Need" Community Food Drive

On behalf of The Big Fresno Fair Executive Management, Board of Directors and staff, as well as the Executive Management and staff at Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who supported the Save Mart & FoodMaxx “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive effort! We are extremely pleased to share that the 2014 Save Mart & FoodMaxx “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive resulted in the collection of 274,970 lbs. (or 137.5 tons) of food that is being utilized to feed those in need in our community. This year’s collection totals 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!
This year’s food drive effort was such a great success largely due to our 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.                                                                                                       
All the food and monetary donations go directly to support efforts by our partners, Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army, to provide emergency food assistance to the nearly 500,000 people currently 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.
Again, thank you for coming together to make a difference in a BIG way for our community! Mark your calendars for the 2015 Big Fresno Fair's "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive, which will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015. If you are a business that would like to get involved in this effort, please email fairpr@fresnofair.com.