Friday, December 4, 2015

Get Your Copy of KFOG’S 22nd Annual Benefit CD, Live from the Archives 22

-       KFOG’s Live Compilation CD is Biggest Single Cash Fundraiser for Bay Area Food Banks
-       KFOG to Present Bay Area Food Banks with $200,000 Cash from 2014 Benefit CD Sale on November 12

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 30, 2015— KFOG-FM announces the release of its annual benefit CD, Live from the Archives 22, to raise funds for Bay Area Food Banks. The live compilation CD features KFOG in-studio performances from rock’s biggest artists, including Train, Michael Franti and Cage the Elephant, and will be available for purchase starting Monday, November 2, at Bay Area Peet’s Coffee & Tea locations. A special pre-sale is available online now at In addition, on November 12, KFOG will present Bay Area Food Banks with a $200,000 donation, representing funds raised from last year’s Live from the Archives 21 CD sales.

KFOG has produced this annual CD benefiting Bay Area Food Banks for 22 consecutive years. The CD is the biggest single cash fundraiser each year for Bay Area Food Banks, which include: Alameda County Community Food Bank; Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano; Napa Valley Food Bank; Redwood Empire Food Bank; SF-Marin Food Bank; and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. These agencies help feed disadvantaged children, families in crisis, low-income seniors, people living with AIDS, the homeless, the working poor and others in need.

Jim Richards, Program Director for KFOG-FM said: “The continued support of this project by the music community is impressive and humbling.  These artists give their time to perform in our Private Concerts, then contribute the recordings to this compilation so that Bay Area Food Banks can provide a much-needed community service.  The musicians, their managers, publishers and labels have all been generous and gracious.  I’d like to thank them for keeping this worthwhile tradition alive.”

Paul Ash, Executive Director of SF-Marin Food Bank, said: “The amount of support the Bay Area Food Banks has received from Live from the Archives over the last 21 years is tremendous. Not only in dollars, but in raising awareness about food insecurity to KFOG listeners. Meals bring people together, especially during the holidays, and this annual donation allows Food Banks to provide critical assistance and joy to thousands of families who are struggling to make ends meet.”

Below is the track listing from KFOG’s Live from the Archives 22. Listeners can preview tracks from the new CD at: All funds raised from the sale of Live from the Archives 22 will go to Bay Area Food Banks.

TRACK LISTING, Live from the Archives 22
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
Phillip Phillips – Unpack Your Heart
David Gray – Back In The World
Train – Angel In Blue Jeans
Brandi Carlile – The Eye
Michael Franti and Spearhead – Once A Day
Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun
Spandau Ballet – True
Houndmouth - Sedona
Greg Holden – Hold On Tight
Cage The Elephant – Cigarette Daydreams
Asgeir – Torrent
Paolo Nutini – Let Me Down Easy
Zella Day - Hypnotic
George Ezra – Budapest
For more information, please visit: or contact: Jim Richards, Program Director, KFOG at: and at 415.995.6800.

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Contact: Jim Richards,, 415.995.6800.

Monday, November 2, 2015

NBC Bay Area Teams Up with Safeway for "Help Us End Hunger" Food Drive on Saturday, November 21

SAN JOSE, CA – (November 2,2015) – NBC Bay Area is once again teaming up with Safeway Stores for a one-day food drive on Saturday, November 21, 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 156 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 six 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 21 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, soup, and important protein items like peanut butter and canned tuna. Once collected, the food will be delivered to food banks for distribution to needy families. To purchase, shoppers can remove a flyer from the tear pads located display area in each store and take it up to the register. The bags are available for Safeway shoppers to purchase now through December 1

This year, NBC Bay Area and Safeway are again inviting local chefs to participate in a recipe challenge by creating dishes using some of 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 honored to partner with NBC Bay Area and our local food banks on this community-wide effort,” said Tom Schwilke, President of Safeway Northern California. “Proudly serving Northern California since 1926, assisting people who need a helping hand during the holidays and throughout the year is an important part of our giving programs.”

Last year, the food drive collected more than 144,000 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.

About Safeway
Safeway is one of the most well-recognized grocery retail brands in Northern California with a long-standing reputation for quality and service. Safeway is a division of Albertsons which is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. Albertsons operates stores across 33 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, ACME, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.

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.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Postal Carriers Enlist Public Support to Stamp Out Hunger on May 9

Largest single-day food drive to support families at risk of hunger to take place across the Bay Area on Saturday, May 9

On Saturday, May 9, people from across the country will partner with their letter carriers to help “Stamp Out Hunger.” Now in its 23rd year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the largest single-day effort to combat hunger in America and the largest single-day food drive to support Bay Area Food Banks, which serve over 700,000 children, adults and seniors each month.
To participate, residents are asked to place a sturdy bag of non-perishable food items like peanut butter, pasta, rice, low-sugar cereal, and canned foods such as tuna, meat, stew, soup, and vegetables, by their mailbox before their mail is delivered on Saturday, May 9. Letter carriers will collect the food items and deliver them to their local food bank to then be distributed to those at risk of hunger in their community.

“As Letter Carriers, we’re out on the streets every day, meeting our neighbors, and have even become a part of many families in the communities we serve,” said Anthony Lowe, Alameda County’s NALC Food Drive coordinator. “But we also see who’s struggling – and unfortunately those numbers are growing. This drive means a lot to the letter carriers, personally, to be able to make a difference in our neighbors’ lives during this time. We thank the community for all of their support to make this drive so successful.”

Neil Zarchin, Grants Coordinator, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano notes, “As a retired Letter Carrier, I understand how much effort goes into the Food Drive. As a Food Bank employee, I understand how empty the shelves are this time of year. Food banks all across the country depend on the Food Drive each year. It’s amazing how the public responds to their trusted Letter Carriers and helps their neighbors in need.”
Last year, the Bay Area Stamp Out Hunger food drive collected more than 800,000 pounds of food for those in need. In 2014, drive organizers across the country collected more than 70 million pounds of total food donations for the tenth consecutive year.

Despite the generosity of millions of Americans who have supported the letter carriers' food drive in previous years, the need for food assistance still exists for many families. According to Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks, 1 in 7 Americans currently rely on assistance from Food Banks. That ratio is higher in many Bay Area communities where the skyrocketing cost of living has left even more families struggling, while issues like California’s drought continue to add to food bank concerns. 

“Food banks are already stretched heading into this high-need time of year,” said Suzan Bateson, executive director of Alameda County Community Food Bank. “Summer break is difficult for families that rely on free- and reduced-priced school meals. These parents are already struggling to get by, and the added burden of bridging the meal gap can quickly break fragile budgets. The generous support from Stamp Out Hunger helps stock our shelves so that neighbors have the heathy food they need.” 

Learn More About the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive:

About Bay Area Food Banks
Bay Area Food Banks is a collaboration of seven local food banks serving northern California counties. Collectively they serve 700,000 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

For comment or to visit your local Food Bank on May 9, please contact the appropriate food bank representative below.

Bay Area Food Banks - Media Contacts

Alameda County Community Food Bank
Michael Altfest -
(510) 684-8655

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
Rachel Braver -
(925) 677-7011

Redwood Empire Food Bank (Sonoma County)
Christy Gentry -
(707) 523-7900, ext. 158

San Francisco Food Bank
Lisa Mizokami -
(415) 282-1907, ext. 264

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