"Feed the Need" Community Food Drive

Please join us for the annual Save Mart and FoodMaxx “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive, to be held on Thursday, October 9 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. On this day, Fair patrons who bring 5 or more cans of food or non-perishable food items will receive free Fair admission in exchange for their donation. All food donations go 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 unable to provide food for themselves and their families.

While this food drive effort provides a great opportunity for Fair patrons to affordably attend the Fair, it holds a deeper meaning and an even greater purpose to the overall effort to stop hunger. As the need for emergency food assistance among families continues to grow and the face of hunger expands, 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.

In the past five years through the “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive, we’ve been able to collect more than 300 tons of food. Last year alone, we collected 143,676 pounds (71.8 tons) of food for the community! The continued success of this award-winning food drive that grows more and more each year is attributed to an increase in cash and bulk food donations from local businesses, including a very generous donation totaling more than 40,000 pounds of food from Wawona Frozen Foods over the last two years.

This year with the growing need, we want more local residents and businesses to join the cause! We are seeking bulk food donations or monetary contributions that will go directly to Community Food Bank and The Salvation Army as part of the “Feed the Need” Community Food Drive. We take all types of food and will help coordinate delivery. Please call (559) 650-3229 or email fairpr@fresnofair.com if you're able to help by making a large donation or monetary contribution. 

For those local businesses making large bulk food or cash donations, we will have special recognition opportunities with the media, at Opening Ceremonies and on our website – plus special Big Fresno Fair ticket packages available as a “thank you” for support.
With your help, we look forward to helping in the fight against hunger and helping those who have nowhere else to turn, while reminding the community to not only Buy Local but Give Local. We look forward to your support of this amazing effort whether it be large or small – everything is appreciated!

Early CBS 47 "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive

In partnership with CBS 47, The Salvation Army and Community Food Bank, we invite you to participate in the early "Feed the Need" Community Collection Drive - all part of the Save Mart and FoodMaxx Food Drive initiative. Just bring 12 or more cans of food or other non-perishables to the CBS 47 studios from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17 and get a FREE admission ticket good for Monday through Friday at the 2014 Big Fresno Fair while supplies last. Limit 2 per car. Come support your local community, save on BIG time fun!