The Save Mart & FoodMaxx “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive in partnership with The Salvation Army, Community Food Bank and valued media parnters, collected 143,676 pounds (71.8 tons) of food for the community on Thursday, October 10, 2013 to support efforts to feed the nearly 484,000 people living in poverty every day in Fresno, Madera, Kings and Kern Counties unable to provide food for themselves and their families.
Wawona Frozen Foods stepped up in a big way donating 24,000 pounds in frozen fruit cups, fruit pops and turnovers. This year’s efforts bring the five year total to more than 568,022 pounds (284 tons) of food collected since 2009 at the Fair’s annual Community Food Drive.
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 2014 "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 245,000 484,000 people living in poverty in Fresno, Madera, Kings and Kern Counties unable to provide food for themselves and their families.