Getting food to Bay Area residents in need is a huge undertaking during the holidays and Mike’s Auto Body is always ready to help. This is why Mike’s Auto Body has food bins right now in the lobbies of 13 of our shops that are accepting donations of food through our 2017 Holiday Food Drive. Just drop into any of our Bay Area locations and you’ll see a bin to fill with food items.
Jennifer Harriman, Compliance Manager from Mike’s Auto Body, is hoping to collect a lot of food this year and possibly even surpass the great numbers they hit last year. “Our annual Holiday Food Drive is underway at all 14 Mike’s Auto Body locations. Please bring in your donated items by December 13th. Last year the donations totaled almost 908 pounds, which is the equivalent of 757 complete meals. For the last two years, our Fairfield store has finished #1 in our annual Food Drive and they want all of the other locations to know that they’re going for a three peat this year! Are the other stores willing to accept the challenge? Let’s see!”
The two non-profit organizations we’re supporting with donated food from our employees and customers this year are The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and the Alameda Food Bank.
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been serving the community for nearly 40 years, feeding approximately 188,000 hungry people in need every month directly at community sites and through a network of 180 charitable agencies, and distributed over 20 million pounds last year- that’s enough for more than 16 million meals! This could not be done without the help of the thousands of volunteers who donate their time to coordinate food drives, sort and pack the food, and help distribute it to their hungry neighbors.
Food Drive Administrator Joan Tomasini has been working with Mike’s Auto Body now for several years through its annual Holiday Food Drive. She shared some hints about what to donate and the role your donated food will play for families and individuals in the Bay Area during this holiday season.
“Just because people need food does not mean that they are homeless. Actually, half of all families that get food from us have at least one family member that is employed,” she said. “One out of every eight people in northern California is “food insecure”, which means they don’t know where their next meal will be coming from. During the holidays, we give people more food than during the rest of the year, so that they can take their money and use it to buy gifts for their children and loved ones.”
We asked Tomasini what types of food items does the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano prefer to collect for their holiday food drive, “We always tell folks that we prefer items such as cereal, peanut butter, canned meats and especially canned soups, stews and chili. These are easy to microwave and are ideal for when the weather gets cold.”
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano will be picking up the bins on 12/13 at our Fairfield, Richmond, Brentwood, Antioch, Lafayette, Pittsburg, and San Ramon, both Concord locations as well as both of our Walnut Creek locations.
Please Note: Our Napa location is not taking food donations this season due to the outpouring of support from the fires.
The Alameda Food Bank’s mission is to provide nutritious food to the low-income residents of the City of Alameda on a non-discriminating basis. The Alameda Food Bank is a private, non-affiliated, non-profit, tax-exempt agency. The Food Bank is overseen by a board of directors composed of community volunteers. Its day to day operation is run by two paid staff members and over 150 volunteers.
The Alameda Food Bank will be picking up the bins at our on 12/13 at our Fremont location.