Published December 17, 2002


Each year Hacienda supports the Alameda County Community Food Bank in their effort to develop resources for programs conducted throughout the year. This year SafeAmerica Credit Union is a special Hacienda sponsor of the holiday Business Park Food Drive. As a participant, 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. 

Business Park Competition
During November and December Hacienda engages in a friendly food drive competition with Harbor Bay Business Park and Marina Village Business Park. Last year's competition aided the Food Bank in bringing in over 21,600 pounds of food and $13,600 dollars.  Hacienda alone collected 14,270 pounds of food which provided thousands of meals for the needy. Thanks to your generous donations, Hacienda was once again the recipient of the traveling plate award for the most donations of food and money for the 2001 drive.  Hacienda wants to continue the momentum and claim this prestigious award again for the 2002 campaign.  The Food Banks' goal this year is to collect over 600,000 pounds of food. 

On-Site Collection Available
In addition to monetary support and an internal food challenge, SafeAmerica Credit Union has also sent a challenge to other credit unions and businesses located in the park to help in the collection effort. To aid in this challenge, SafeAmerica Credit Union is accepting donations at their collection barrel located at 6001 Gibraltar Drive. The SafeAmerica lobby is open for donations Monday-Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 6 pm.  Members have 24 hour access to the lobby and bags for donation are also available.  Hacienda businesses may also contact the Hacienda Owners Association for a donation pick-up provided the donation can be received within the park. 

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 not donate items in glass containers.  The Food Bank particularly encourages contributions of the following: 
  • Baby food
  • Infant formula
  • Canned meats 
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Pasta and sauces 
  • Fruit juices 
  • Soups and stews 
  • Peanut butter 
  • Beans and rice 

Your company can donate time at the Food Bank by screening and sorting food during the week and on selected weekend days.  If you would prefer to donate money, checks may be made payable to the "Alameda County Community Food Bank" and should note "Hacienda" somewhere on the check.  Please mail all checks to the Alameda County Community Food Bank using the contact information below with the note "Attention: Food Drive" on the envelope.  Donations are also accepted online at the Food Bank's web site at: www.accfb.org/pages/donate_money.html.

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 feel free to contact the Alameda County Community Food Bank using the contact information below for details. 

Contact Information
Jennifer Gleason
Alameda County Community Food Bank 
PO Box 24590, Oakland, California  94623
(510) 834-3663 ext. 328 phone     (510) 834-3259  fax     jgleason@secondharvest.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