The City of Pleasanton has joined forces with the cities of Dublin and Livermore, local food providers, and the faith community to launch “Feed Tri-Valley,” a collaboration dedicated to ending hunger by raising awareness about food insecurity and soliciting donations to feed people in the community.
The food drive will launch on July 18 and run through July 31. Collection barrels with the Feed Tri-Valley logo will be placed in front of City Hall and local businesses throughout the communities.
“We want to encourage area residents and businesses to think locally and give locally so that their contributions can remain in our Tri-Valley communities and to help friends and neighbors who may have a need,” said Becky Hopkins, Interim Assistant to the City Manager for Pleasanton.
Thousands of people are assisted by food programs each year and according to Open Heart Kitchen, a local food service provider, over 350,000 meals a year are served in the Tri-Valley alone.
“Hunger affects more than the just the homeless with the cost of living so high in the Tri-Valley it impacts working families who just can’t make ends meet every month. Hunger happens year-round, not only during the winter months, and food providers consistently struggle to maintain adequate food supplies during the summer, which is why we felt it was important to highlight this issue during the summer months as well,” Becky Hopkins concluded.
All donations will go directly to local food providers in the Tri-Valley. Residents and businesses can help by contributing unexpired canned and dry foods to Tri-Valley locations listed below. Or visit www.ptownlife.org/feed-tri-valley for a list of barrel locations and items to donate.