MARTINEZ, Calif. – The business community of Martinez once again came through in support of “Scare Away Hunger,” an event benefiting the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Alhambra High School athletic programs.
Last October, various sports teams at Alhambra competed against one another to collect the most pounds of food for the Food Bank. The collaborative effort resulted in over 6,300 pounds of food being collected – more than double the previous year’s effort.
Participating local businesses that sponsored the 2015 Scare Away Hunger included: Les Schwab Tire Center, Hagin’s Automotive, Republic Services and Matthew Rinn-State Farm Insurance. These businesses also volunteered their time and provided vehicles for students to “trick or treat” for food and/or donations in Martinez neighborhoods.
In the week leading up to Halloween, students placed empty bags on porches along with a request for food donations. They later returned to collect the bags filled with nonperishable goods. Martinez residents who didn’t receive a bag, but who still wanted to participate, were encouraged to bring food or monetary donations to one of the sponsor locations or Alhambra High School.
This annual event not only provides much-needed food for the Food Bank, it also helps raise funds for Alhambra High School sports teams. Every year the participating teams receive money from the sponsors to use for costs associated with their sport. The team that brings in the most food receives a monetary bonus. This past year, the winning team was the AHS Boys Soccer Team. They not only brought in the most pounds of food – a whopping 1,900 pounds – but they also brought in the largest amount of financial donations for the Food Bank.
Varsity boys soccer team junior, Dillon Lee, said, “It means a lot to be a part of Scare Away Hunger. No one should ever be hungry.”
The Food Bank has been serving the community since 1975 and serves one in eight residents. Twenty million pounds of food is distributed annually through eight direct distribution programs and through partnerships with 180 local charitable agencies.
Beyond generating food and funds, Scare Away Hunger helps foster team camaraderie, provides students an opportunity to fulfill community service hours and creates a community bond between sponsoring companies and Alhambra High School students.
Be on the look out for another Scare Away Hunger next October. Those interested in becoming a 2016 sponsor may contact Renee Baptiste at (925) 771-1310 or email@example.com.
Danny Yoeono of the Martinez Tribune contributed to this report.