You’re stepping up! Our community is better because of your generosity.

More than 120 barrels are already out in the community, with more arriving nearly every day, as Community Food Bank rolls out its annual Holiday Food and Fund Drive. Before the end of the month, 200 barrels will be available for food donations at locations throughout the county.

The drive, which will continue until year’s end, is Community Food Bank’s biggest outreach effort. It comes at a critical time, when the flow of fresh produce from local growers begins to slow to a trickle due to winter weather. But you and your neighbors are stepping in to meet the need – and exceed all expectations. Students at Rancho San Justo Middle School just completed their effort and the result was nearly a ton-and-a-half of food that will all go to local families.

Our community has never failed to step up enthusiastically to fill the need. All donations stay in San Benito County, helping to feed the nearly 5,000 people depending on the food bank each month.

The barrels are in offices and businesses all over the community, prominently marked with the Community Food Bank logo. Direct donations can be made at the food bank from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. Community Food Bank is located at 1133 San Felipe Road in Hollister.

The most appreciated items are those high in protein. Nut butters, canned meats and fish, dried beans or any shelf-stable items that can round out a balanced market basket are all good choices.

Too busy to shop? For the first time, Community Food Bank’s annual effort invites contribution of funds. Because of its buying power, Community Food Bank can purchase the items most in demand at any time at a cost far below wholesale. A donation to Community Food Bank goes a long way toward addressing hunger in San Benito County.

Neighbors helping neighbors in San Benito County


Mark Paxton is director of community engagement and fund development at Community Food Bank. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors with his wife, Mary. They are the parents of two daughters and live in Hollister.

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