The days are growing shorter and Thanksgiving is on its way. That can only mean one thing:  It’s time for Community FoodBank’s annual Food and Fund drive. 100 barrels are already out in the community, inviting people to pitch in for a healthier San Benito County.

Non-perishable items may be dropped in any barrel, or dropped off at FoodBank at 1133 San Felipe Road Tuesday through Saturday

Once again this year, Safeway is supporting the effort with a campaign to buy “Hunger Bags.” Shoppers can buy a bag for $10, which buys about $30 worth of groceries. All bags bought through the Hollister store go to Community FoodBank.

Last year’s effort brought in more than 30,000 pounds of food, just in time for the chilly days of winter.

If you’d like to consider a monetary contribution, hold on just a bit! Checks dated Dec. 1 to Dec. 12, with the designation “12 Days” on the memo line, qualify for a match generously supplied by local organizations and businesses. Cash donations arriving in that window, with a note indicating 12 Days attached, also qualify for the match.

Your generosity goes further through the annual 12 Days of Giving campaign! Also participating are CASA of San Benito County, Chamberlain’s Children Center and Emmaus House. Questions? Call Community FoodBank at 637-0340.

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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