The Big Fresno Fair would like to thank everyone who helped make the 8th annual "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 and more than 1.1 million meals!
These collection numbers reflect efforts from the Fair-time drive that was held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 in which 55,671 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 and The Salvation Army 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 for the 9th annual “Feed the Need” Food Drive on Thursday, October 12 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. 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 fight 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” Community 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.