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County Fair 'Feed the Need' Food Drive Garners 29,745 Pounds of Food

$2,947.02 in monetary donations were collected during the annual one-day food drive.

An annual food drive held by the Alameda County Fair last week gathered enough resources to supply more than 30,000 meals at a local food bank, fair officials announced Tuesday.

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The fair's "Feed the Need" food drive last Wednesday gathered a total of 29,745 pounds of canned and package food, which translates to 24,800 meals that can be served at Alameda County Community Food Bank, according to food drive coordinator Katherine Avila.
 
The food drive also collected $2,947.02 in monetary donations, which can fund 6,631 additional meals, Avila said. Attendees who donated four non-perishable items between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. last Wednesday received free admission to the fair in Pleasanton.
 
The annual food drive is the largest one-day summer food drive in the county, fair officials said. The donations come at a crucial time of the year when many children are on summer break and may only receive regular meals while school is in session, according to Avila.
 
The Alameda County Community Food Bank serves 49,000 people per week. Two-thirds of the food bank's beneficiaries are children and seniors.

—By Bay City News

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