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Published November 2, 2011

DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2011 HACIENDA FOOD DRIVE 

For over a decade, Hacienda has partnered with the Alameda County Community Food Bank to raise much needed food and funds to help some of the most vulnerable members of our community.  As a participant in the Holiday Food Drive, your donations go a long way towards helping the Food Bank meet their mission in Alameda County. Locally, a number of Tri-Valley operations are recipients of food and money collected by the Food Bank.  

2011 Holiday Food Drive
Hacienda would like to encourage you to support the annual Alameda County Community Food Bank Holiday Food Drive. During last years Holiday Food Drive, Hacienda collected food which provided thousands of meals for the needy. This year Hacienda is working with the food bank to help them reach their goal of collecting 750,000 pounds of food and $250,000 to continue feeding the people that depend on the services of the food bank weekly. 

Help is Needed
The food bank has recently seen a dramatic increase in demand and is serving 1 in 6 residents of Alameda County (nearly half of them are children and teens). You can help make a difference in the community by collecting non-perishable food or making a financial donation to support the Food Bank's hunger relief and advocacy efforts. The Food Bank relies on the support of local businesses, schools, service organizations and community members to assist those in need. 

Food for Thought 
The Food Bank's collection effort focuses on healthy non-perishable food. The Food Bank would also appreciate it if you would refrain from donating items in glass containers. The Food Bank particularly encourages contributions of the following: 

Canned fruits and vegetables                                                       
Canned meat and fish
Peanut butter
Pasta and tomato sauce
Rice and beans
Soups (low sodium) and Stews
Low-sugar cereal and oatmeal
Powdered Milk
 
Donations
There are many ways to donate and help with this years effort. Because of the need to use their resources efficiently, only select locations within Hacienda will have barrels this year. If you are interested in hosting a barrel, please contact the Food Bank representative noted below. The Hacienda Owners Association has a list of barrel locations within the park or you can call the Association for a donation pick-up from anywhere within Hacienda. If you would prefer to donate money, checks may be made payable to the "Alameda County Community Food Bank" and mailed directly to the Food Bank using the contact information below.  Online donations are also accepted on the Food Bank's web site at: https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=18069.

Virtual Food Drive
The Food Bank also has a virtual food drive where you can donate and the Food Bank does the shopping! Watch your purchasing power at work as every $1 donated stretches into $5 worth of food. The virtual food drive can be found at: https://www.vfd-accfb.org/home.aspx

Additional Information
Additional information is available on the food drive, local collection points, organizations benefiting from the collection effort, and ideas on how to provide incentives to companies and individuals to participate. Please refer to the Alameda County Community Food Bank contact below for details. 

Contact Information
Nicole Callis
Food Drive Department
Alameda County Community Food Bank 
P.O. Box 2599, Oakland, California  94614
(510) 635-3663 ext. 358 phone     (510) 635-3773  fax     fooddrive@accfb.org  e-mail     www.accfb.org    WWW

Hacienda Owners Association
4473 Willow Road, Suite 105, Pleasanton, California 94588-8570
(925) 734-6500  phone     (925) 734-6501  fax     info@hacienda.org  e-mail     www.hacienda.org    WWW