NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 are teaming up with Safeway's "Feed the Need" food drive Saturday, kicking off a month-long effort to fight hunger in the Bay Area.
This year’s food drive includes the collaboration of seven local food banks that serve more than 840,000 local residents each month. The "Feed the Need" food drive will take place at 170 Safeway locations throughout the Bay Area through Dec. 25.
In addition to helping get the word out to the community, NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 will be enlisting support from hundreds of volunteers – including NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 anchors & reporters helping at their own neighborhood Safeway stores on Saturday, Nov. 17 to encourage shoppers to donate.
On "Feed the Need" day and through Dec. 25, anyone can visit one of the participating Safeway stores to donate $1, $5 or $10 that will go toward a bag of food items that will be donated to the local food banks. At each store, shoppers can remove a flyer from the tear pads located at the register and make a donation. Each bag of food will contain pasta and sauce, canned vegetables, soup, and important protein items like peanut butter and canned chicken breast. Once collected, the food will be delivered to food banks for distribution to families in need.
Last year, the food drive collected more than 360,000 bags across the Bay Area, nearly tripling the amount from the previous year and amounting to more than than 3.5 million pounds of food for those in need.
NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 news teams will volunteer at their neighborhood Safeway stores on Saturday, Nov. 17. Stop by, say 'Hi!' and donate! Scheduled times and locations are listed below.
7 to 9 a.m. - 840 East Dunne Ave., Morgan Hill
Marcus Washington, Robert Handa and Ian Cull
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - 6790 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - 3970 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara
Vianey Arana, Scott McGrew, Kira Klapper, Chris Chmura, Anoushah Rasta and Mike Inouye
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - 160 1st Street, Los Altos
Raj Mathai, Janelle Wang, Vicky Nguyen and Bigad Shaban
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - 850 Woodside Road, Redwood City
Telemundo 48 News Team
12 to 2 p.m. - 2890 East Capitol Ave, San Jose
Damian Trujillo and Telemundo 48 News Team
10 a.m. to 12 noon - 4495 First Street, Livermore
Bob Redell and Kari Hall
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - 1489 Bird Ave, San Jose
Garvin Thomas, Kris Sanchez and Elizabeth Wagner
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - 200 Alamo Plaza, Alamo
Jeff Ranieri and Pete Suratos
2 to 4 p.m. - 110 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley
Terry McSweeney and Jean Elle
11a.m. to 1 p.m. - 5051 Business Center Drive, Fairfield
Jodie Hernandez and Cheryl Hurd
10 a.m. to 12 noon - 470 Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos
Special thanks to our volunteers:
Junior League of San Jose
Girl Scouts of the Bay Area
Alameda County 4-H
Second Harvest Food Banks
Contra Costa and Solano Food Banks
Contra Costa & Solano Community Food Bank
Alameda County Community Food Bank