The Kiwanis Club of the San Ramon Valley and local volunteers and organizations will join forces at Safeway grocery stores in the Valley this Saturday to try to collect 10,000 pounds worth of donated food as part of the club’s annual Fall Food Drive.
Meanwhile, the San Ramon Police Department will also be on hand at one local Safeway on Saturday collecting Thanksgiving food donations for those in need as part of its Stuff the Cruiser drive.
The Kiwanis Club is teaming up with NBC Bay Area and Safeway on its Fall Food Drive to benefit the local food bank from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Safeway stores in Alamo, Blackhawk, Dougherty Valley and San Ramon.
About 30 volunteers will be helping the Kiwanis Club, including Key Club high schoolers, members of the National Charity League Rolling Hills Chapter and friends and family. The Kiwanis aim to collect approximately 850 bags of groceries, totaling an estimated 10,000 pounds of food.
"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 volunteers will be outside the local Safeway stores reminding shoppers about the food drive and asking them to purchase a $10 bag of food inside the store. The club will also collect cash donations to benefit the local food bank, working toward the goal that no child or family will need to go hungry this holiday season.
The Kiwanis Club also plans to donate $4,000 directly to the food bank to purchase more groceries for families in need.
"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.
For more information on the Kiwanis Club and its efforts, visit the club’s website.
The San Ramon Police Department will also hold its food drive Saturday to benefit the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties.
The Stuff the Cruiser effort will collecting food donations in front of the Safeway in the Gale Ranch Plaza on Bollinger Canyon Road in the Dougherty Valley from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.