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Bay Area Food For Families Drive Gets Underway

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― Each day, thousands of Bay Area families are stretched beyond their financial limits.

Often they are forced to choose between buying groceries, paying the rent or buying medicine.

Many households that receive weekly groceries through the Food Bank include at least one working adult.

Hunger frequently strikes the most vulnerable people in our communities.

You can help fight hunger now. Join KPIX 5 and Whole Foods Market as we help feed hungry families this holiday season.

Stop by any Whole Foods Market and drop healthy non-perishable foods in the bin. Your donation is a lifeline.

This year, greater Bay Area Whole Foods Market locations will host the ""Feed a Local Family" drive during the Food for Bay Area Families campaign.

Customers have two ways to donate at their local stores. They can make cash donations at the register and/or donate food items in barrels. Customers are also encouraged to make a donation of any amount at checkout.

Find a store near you, visit


Watch how your donations have helped families in previous years in this KPIX 5 Special Report:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


You can contribute to your local food bank online, or you can contribute by check, made payable to your local food bank:

•Alameda County Community Food Bank
7900 Edgewater Drive
Oakland, CA 94621

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
4010 Nelson Avenue
Concord, CA 94520
2339 Courage Drive, Suite F
Fairfield, CA 94533

Napa Valley Food Bank
1766 Industrial Way
Napa, CA 94558

Redwood Empire Food Bank (Sonoma County)
3320 Industrial Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

San Francisco and Marin Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
750 Curtner Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz
Ohlone Parkway
Watsonville, CA 95076
Phone: (831) 722-7110
Fax: (831) 722-0435

The "Do's and Don'ts of Food Donation!

Please Do Donate:
- Canned foods (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, soups)
- Dried foods like beans, rice, pasta, soups, and packaged meals,
like "Mac N' Cheese"
- Nutritional foods! peanut butter, powdered milk, shelf-stable
soy milk
- Cereal, cereal bars, and baby food
- Non-perishable cooking ingredients like cooking oil and sugar
- Items packaged in plastics or containers that won't easily collapse

Please Do Not Donate:
- Candy
- "Dented" cans or packages which have been opened
- Food items with "expired" dates
- Foods YOU wouldn't eat or feed to your family ("exotic" or
very "spicy" foods)
- Beauty aids or personal care items
- Medicines
- Food packaged in glass jars or bottles
- Perishable foods
- Alcohol

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