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Scare Away Hunger

Mar 03, 2016 12:21PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Generous Martinez companies came through for their community again by sponsoring Scare Away Hunger, an event benefitting 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, resulting in over 6,300 pounds of food collected.  

Participating local businesses included Les Schwab, Martinez, Hagin Automotive  Republic Services, and Matt Rinn/State Farm  These caring 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 left paper bags on porches and later collected the bags filled with nonperishable goods. Martinez residents also brought food and monetary donations to sponsor locations or Alhambra High School.

This annual event provides much needed food for the food bank and also helps raise funds for Alhambra High School sports teams. The team that brings in the most food receives a monetary bonus. This past year, the winning team was the boys soccer team. They brought in the most food and also the largest amount of financial donations.

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, fulfills student community service hours, and creates a community bond between sponsoring companies and Alhambra High School students. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the 2016 Scare Away Hunger, contact Renee Baptiste at [email protected] or (925) 771-1310.