The Big Fresno Fair would like to thank everyone who helped make the 8th annual Save Mart & FoodMaxx "Feed the Need" Food drive a success yet again! An incredible 266,207 lbs. (or more than 130 tons) of food was collected to help feed those in need in our community bringing the program's eight-year total to more than 710 tons of food collected which has generated more than 1.1 million meals!
These collection numbers reflect efforts from the Fair-time drive that was held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 in which 65,877 lbs. of food was collected at the Fair gates, coupled with a Fresno State Student Cupboard Food Drive Challenge, the Corporate Donation Outreach Initiative and an Early Food Drive held in partnership with local media partner CBS 47.
The Big Fresno Fair partners with Community Food Bank, The Salvation Army and Fresno State Student Cupboard to help operate this large food drive effort each year and relies on 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. Thanks to 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.
Be sure to join us at our two Big Fresno Fair “Feed the Need” Food Drives this year!
September 25 – "Feed the Need" Food Drive at Fresno State
For a third year, the Fair will hold its annual Early “Feed the Need” Food Drive at Fresno State on Monday, September 25 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fresno State Red Lot on Barstow just west of Cedar. On this day only, if you donate 10 or more canned food items per person at this location, you will receive one FREE Fair admission ticket, valid Monday through Friday of the 2017 Big Fresno Fair. Cash and check donations are also accepted. New this year, all food collected at the Food Drive at Fresno State will go directly to the Fresno State Student Cupboard to provide support to students experiencing food insecurity. Food Drive participants will have the opportunity to meet Fresno State coaches and players who will be giving away Fresno State athletic game tickets. The Big Fresno Fair and Fresno State along with our partner One Putt Broadcasting are encouraging community members to come out, help feed students in need and reach our goal of collecting more than 8,000 lbs. of food!
October 12 - Save Mart & FoodMaxx “Feed the Need” Food Drive at The Big Fresno Fair
The opportunity to give and save continues at the 9th annual Save Mart & FoodMaxx “Feed the Need” Food Drive on Thursday, October 12 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the 2017 Big Fresno Fair. All you need to do is bring 5 or more canned food or other non-perishable food items per person to the Fair on this day and you will receive FREE admission. All food will be donated to The Salvation Army and The Community Food Bank to help them in their fight against hunger in our community.
The Fair is also seeking bulk food and/or monetary donations from businesses and individuals in the community tied to the “Feed the Need” Food Drive. Special recognition packages are available for those who donate at a certain level. Businesses or individuals interested in making bulk food and/or monetary donations please contact The Big Fresno Fair’s Communications Office at (559) 650-3229 or email email@example.com.