Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Boy Scouts Go Door-to-Door to Collect Food for Bay Area Food Banks on Nov. 15

Nationwide food drive helps meet crucial need for Thanksgiving

San Jose, CA – November 10, 2014 -- One of the nation’s largest single-day food drives takes place Saturday, Nov. 15, when Boy Scouts will go door-to-door collecting nonperishable food items for local food banks.

In the Bay Area, more than 30,000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, Explorers and their supporters will be “Scouting for Food” by picking up boxed or bagged nonperishable food items placed on doorsteps by 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15.

The Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, which encompasses the Contra Costa, Solano, Napa and parts of  Alameda counties, collected 136,000 pounds of food last year. Other Boy Scout Councils of the Greater Bay Area will also be participating in the drive resulting in approximately 500,000 pounds of food being collected.

Residences on the Scouts’ collection routes received a door-hanger promoting the drive on Saturday, Nov. 8. Residents who do not receive a door-hanger are not on a collection route, but they can still contribute by dropping off donations on Nov. 15 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at locations listed below or at

 “Doing service in the community is an important part of being a Boy Scout.  Helping their hungry neighbors is what this ‘Good Turn’ is about,” said Larry Sly, executive director of Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. “Food banks rely on the Scouting for Food drive to provide healthy staples and much welcomed variety that will go directly to families during the holidays.”

“Over the last 17 years local Scouts have collected over 2.8 Million pounds of food to help the needy in our community.  How did we do that? One can at a time...  What you might think is a little effort is really all the effort that is needed...if everyone does a little, together we can do a lot!” said Jim Mattson, Chairman of the local Scouting For Food drive.

Whole Foods Market, Safeway, and Berkeley Bowl locations throughout the Bay Area have in-store barrels to accept donations for Bay Area food banks throughout the holiday season.

Boy Scouts Contact                                                                                                                      
Jim Mattson, Mt. Diablo Silverado Council
(925) 408-4065
Tim Buchen, San Francisco Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
(510) 577-9000 x 207

Food Bank Contacts
Alameda County Community Food Bank
Michael Altfest (510) 684-8655
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
Lisa Sherrill (925) 408-7655
SF-Marin Food Bank
Blain Johnson (415) 282-1900, ext 270
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
Caitlin Kerk (408) 858-9208

Note to media: Feel free to list any of the Scouting for Food drop-off sites on Saturday (Nov. 15), listed below, in your coverage area (sites are also listed on Site hours differ, but 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. is generally accurate. For coverage purposes, these sites provide great visuals and interviews. All Bay Area Food Banks will be open on Saturday afternoon to receive and sort truck shipments from Scouting for Food collections sites.

Antioch Latter Day Saints Church
3013 Rio Grande Drive
Antioch Latter Day Saints Stake Center
2350 Jeffery Way
Brentwood Latter Day Saints Church
1101 McClarren Road
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
4010 Nelson Ave.
Farm Bureau Hall
5554 Clayton Road
Oak Grove Latter Day Saints Church
2930 Treat Blvd.
Danville Latter Day Saints Stake Center
655 Old Orchard Drive
Discovery Bay
Fire Station #59
1685 Bixler Road
Hilltop Latter Day Saints Church
4351 Hilltop Drive
Moraga Latter Day Saints Church
3776 Via Granada
Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill Latter Day Saints Church
555 Boyd Road

Benicia City Park
250 E. L St.
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
2339 Courage Drive, Suite F
Elks Lodge
2850 Redwood Parkway

St. Mary Magdalen School
2005 Berryman St.
Castro Valley
Proctor Elementary School
7520 Redwood Road
Latter Day Saints Church
3551 Decoto Road
Southland Mall
660 West Winton Ave. (Sears Auto Mall parking lot)
Lucky Supermarket
2000 Portola Blvd.
4501 Rosewood Drive
Alameda County Community Food Bank
7900 Edgewater Drive
Montclair Elementary School
1757 Mountain Blvd., south parking lot
Grocery Outlet
2900 Broadway
San Leandro
Boy Scout Office/Leadership Training Center
1001 Davis St.

SF-Marin Food Bank – Marin Warehouse
75 Digital Drive
San Rafael
Boy Scouts of America
225 West End Avenue

San Francisco
SF-Marin Food Bank – San Francisco Warehouse
900 Pennsylvania Ave.

Los Altos
Los Altos City Hall
One North San Antonio Road
Mountain View
El Camino Hospital
2500 Grant Road
Palo Alto
Latter Day Saints Church
3865 Middlefield Road
San Jose
Second Harvest Food Bank
750 Curtner Ave.

San Carlos
Second Harvest Food Bank
1051 Bing Street
Half Moon Bay
Coastside Hope
214 Harvard Ave.
Pacifica Resource Center
1809 Palmetto Ave.
South San Francisco
SSF Citadel Corps Community Center/Salvation Army
409 S. Spruce St.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NBC Bay Area Teams Up with Safeway for "Help Us End Hunger" Food Drive on Saturday, November 22

SAN JOSE, CA – (November 10, 2014) – NBC Bay Area is once again teaming up with Safeway Stores for a one-day food drive on Saturday, November 22, kicking off a month-long effort to fight hunger with Bay Area Food Banks, a collaboration of seven food banks serving over 780,000 local residents each month. The “Help Us End Hunger” food drive will take place at 155 Safeway locations throughout the Bay Area making it easy for community members to participate and help feed their neighbors in need.    

“Despite the recovering economy, thousands of Bay Area residents still rely on their local food banks to put food on their tables each week. Our goal is to create awareness and provide our viewers an easy way to help out,” said Rich Cerussi, NBC Bay Area President and General Manager. “We thank the community for all of their support to make this drive so successful year after year.”

“We thank NBC Bay Area and Safeway for bringing attention to the severity of local hunger and for creating a simple way for anyone in our community to help a family in need,” said Kathy Jackson, Second Harvest Food Bank CEO. “Bay Area Food Banks are feeding people in every neighborhood and through this drive you can donate to make a difference in the lives of people where you live.”

For the last five years, NBC Bay Area has partnered with Safeway to help stock the shelves of local food banks. In addition to providing on air promotion, the station will be enlisting hundreds of volunteers – including NBC Bay Area anchors and reporters helping at their own neighborhood Safeway Stores – on Saturday, November 22 to encourage shoppers to donate food items.

To make the donation process easier, a specially produced shopping bag filled with items that food banks need the most will be available for $10 at all local Safeway stores. Items include pasta and sauce, canned vegetables and important protein items like peanut butter and canned tuna. Once collected, the bags will be delivered to food banks for distribution to needy families. The bags will be available for Safeway shoppers to purchase now through December 25.

This year, NBC Bay Area and Safeway are inviting local chefs to participate in a recipe challenge by creating dishes using the food items provided in the donation bags. Recipe challenges will take place at various Safeway locations and will be broadcast live on NBC Bay Area.

“Safeway is proud to be partnering with our area food banks on this community-wide collection effort,” said Karl Schroeder, President of Safeway Northern California. “Assisting people who need a helping hand during the holidays and throughout the year is an important part of Safeway’s giving programs.”

Last year, the food drive collected more than 134,000 bags at Safeway Stores across the Bay Area, amounting to over 1,600,000 pounds of food for those in need.

Owned by NBC Universal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth news and journalism with unique personalities. Along with carrying NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week, including several, weekly news franchises: The Interview with Raj Mathai, Class Action with Jessica Aguirre and Reality Check with Sam Brock. COZI TV, the station’s multicast network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series and hit movies. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186, Verizon 460, and over-the-air on 11.3.

Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. Safeway operates 1,331 stores in the United States and had annual sales of $35.1 billion in 2013.

Bay Area Food Banks is a collaboration of seven local food banks serving northern California counties. Collectively they serve 780,000 adults, seniors and children each month through nearly 1,600 food pantries, children’s programs, shelters, soup kitchens, residential programs, and other emergency food providers. Learn more at
NBC Bay Area – Liza Catalan
(408) 432-4302

Safeway- Wendy Gutshall

Alameda County Community Food Bank – Michael Altfest
(510) 636-3663, ext. 330.

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano – Lisa Sherrill
(925) 408-7655.

Redwood Empire Food Bank (Sonoma County) – Lee Bickley
(707) 523-7900, ext. 115.

San Francisco Food Bank & Marin Food Bank – Blain Johnson
(415) 282-1900, ext. 270.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties – Caitlin Kerk
(408) 858-9208