Food Share’s Tackle Hunger Campaign a Super Success!February 2, 2016 • By Debra Tash
By Raven West
Food Share’s annual Tackle Hunger Campaign more than doubled their goal of collecting 150,000 pounds of food from October through SuperBowl Sunday. This year’s campaign collected close to 400,000 pounds of canned food and nearly $200,000 in donations to help those in need throughout Ventura County.
DOLE Packaged Foods led the way by committing 10,000 cans of food for one of the marquis trees at the CAN-tree event held at the Collection at River Park.
“With all the abundance we have in this country, it is such a tragedy that so many families still go hungry,” said Tackle Hunger Chair and Dole Packaged Foods President Brad Bartlett. “Personally,I feel this is a very special organization and our company is very proud to be able to contribute to helping end hunger so events like this will no longer be necessary.”
The CAN-tree event produced a total of 302 trees with 201,200 cans which added up to 201,200 pounds of food, enough to create more than 175,00 meals for those in need.
Part of the success is attributed to the 293 volunteers who spent 1,023 hours on the campaign and Food Share’s All Star Tackle Hunger committee, comprised of some of their core stakeholders and corporate community leaders who spread the Tackle Hunger message to the businesses and organizations building awareness about hunger and garnering additional community support.
Food Share Board Chairman Bryan Murphy handed out awards for a variety of categories including “Ambassador of the Can” awarded to Steven Yapp and Al Jonas of PODS, “Helping Hand” award went to Good Sam, “Best Décor” to County of Ventura and the “Schools of Choice” award went to Rio Real Elementary and Oxnard College Culinary.
Third place “Can Crusher” went to Ventura County Credit Union with 23 trees, second place was awarded to the County of Ventura with 25 trees and the first place winner was Farmers Insurance with 31 trees.
FOOD Share currently feeds more than 74,500 people each month and distributes more than 11 million pounds of food each year to those in need throughout Ventura County.
For information on how you can volunteer or contribute, visit the Food Share website at: www.foodshare.com
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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