Food Share Kicks Off 5th Annual CAN-tree Collection Event

By Raven West

Robert Jacobi - Food Share Board Member with Tom Hilton - Head of Corporate Development!

Food Share Partners

FOOD Share recently launched its annual Share16 Holiday Campaign and 2016 CAN-tree Collection drive at a kick-off breakfast held at its warehouse last Thursday. The CAN-tree Collection will take place at The Collection at RiverPark, December 2nd-4th.

Nearly 100 community, business, and agricultural leaders from across Ventura County attended the launch event at the regional food bank headquarters to celebrate the season of giving and pledge their support to helping FOOD Share achieve its 2016-2017 service goal to collect 13 million pounds of food needed to prepare 10.8 meals to feed those in need in the Ventura county area.

Food Share Business Partners

Food Share Business Partners

AN-tree Chair Sommer Frisk, Vice President and Market Manager of Cumulus Media

AN-tree Chair Sommer Frisk, Vice President and Market Manager of Cumulus Media

In addition, the organization’s goal is not only to “feed the line”, but to “shorten the line” of needy residents by raising an additional $1 million dollars for research into alleviated the increased need to feed the hungry county wide.

The organization also hopes to generate a minimum of 200,000 pounds of canned food needed to restock its warehouse shelves for the winter months.

FOOD Share selected Sommer Frisk, Vice President and Market Manager of Cumulus Media, as its Chair for the 5th Annual CAN-tree Collection.

“Having been personally affected by hunger and food insecurity in my lifetime, I’m honored and humbled to now be in a position to give back to our community and to be recognized as the 2016 CAN-tree Collection Chair,” said Frisk, a life-long Ventura County resident.  “This event is truly a vibrant and tangible display of love

Robert Jacobi - Food Share Board Member with Tom Hilton - Head of Corporate Development!

Robert Jacobi – Food Share Board Member with Tom Hilton – Head of Corporate Development!

and gratitude, and I encourage everyone to join us in giving back to our friends and neighbors who need us at this most difficult time of the year.”

As the county’s most festive event, CAN-tree draws together corporations, local businesses, community organizations, and families to build over 300 holiday trees made of canned goods.  Last year’s event collected a record-breaking 201,200 pounds of food in just three days.

“Our Share16 campaign comes at a critical time of the year when the most financial support from our community is needed,” said Bonnie Atmore, President and CEO of FOOD Share.  “We hope that the CAN-tree event will give us the boost we need to help close the meal gap this holiday season, and are so grateful to our partners Cumulus Media and The Collection at RiverPark for their continued support.”

 

For more information contact Bonnie Atmore, CEO, FOOD Share at (805) 983-7100 x 111 or visit their website at: http://www.foodshare.com/event/can-tree-collection.

 


 

Raven West

Raven West

Raven West is a free-lance writer and published author who has lived in Ventura County for more than twenty years. She has an extensive knowledge of local wineries from Thousand Oaks to Ojai and will be covering special events which take place at the tasting rooms throughout the year.

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CAN-tree Business Participants Alwick Jonas and Rose Lanson - PODS Moving & Storage

 

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