Kiwanis Club collects 900+ meal bags for local food bank

'It's great to see such community support,' food drive chairwoman says

by Jeremy Walsh

San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Club members and other local volunteers spent part of their weekend before Thanksgiving collecting food and monetary donations to support those in need this holiday season as part of the club's annual Fall Food Drive.

The Kiwanis received 918 bags of groceries -- surpassing organizers' 850-bag goal -- and more than $1,000 in cash during the drive Nov. 19 at Safeway stores in Alamo, Blackhawk, Dougherty Valley and San Ramon.
Along with another $3,500 being donated by the Kiwanis Club, the food and financial contributions will be delivered to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties to support the club's goal that no child or family will need to go hungry this holiday season.

"Every year we collect about 10,000 pounds of food during our food drive. It's great to see such community support for the work of the Food Bank." said Nancy Bray, chair of the Kiwanis 2016 Fall Food Drive. "Our one-day contribution accounts for about 10% of all food distributed between Thanksgiving and New Years by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties."

The Fall Food Drive was a collaborative effort between the Kiwanis Club, NBC Bay Area and Safeway. About 30 volunteers helped during the event, including Key Club high schoolers, members of the National Charity League Rolling Hills Chapter and friends and family.

"We are proud to be partnering with our area food banks and these important volunteer organizations on this community-wide collection effort," said Karl Schroeder, president of Safeway's Northern California Division.

Safeway contributes $175 million in food donations to food banks each year across the U.S. and partners with local organizations each holiday season by placing food collection barrels in stores.

Tory Taylor