Abundance Shared: Annual Food Drive Continues

Yearly food and fund drive allows the Community Food Bank to serve thousands of people each month

Already, local residents have donated more than 10,000 pounds of food to Community Food Bank’s annual Food and Fund Drive.  The effort continues for another week, until the end of the year at drop locations throughout the area (See the list at the end of the story.)

During the first week of November, barrels marked with Food Bank’s logo went out to locations from Aromas to Tres Pinos.  With schools closing for Christmas break, many barrels are back, but the effort continues.

“The community’s generosity is overwhelming,” said Maria Lynn Thomas, Community Food Bank’s chief executive officer. “Most important, it comes at just the right time.  The flood of shelf-stable food at this time allows us to continue to serve thousands of people each month through the cold season, when the supply of fresh produce goes down.”

Large donations have come through the efforts of local Boy and Girl Scouts, San Benito County Four-H, the Top Hatters Motorcycle Club, church groups, schools, businesses and government offices.  Some businesses promote their own efforts with giveaways or interdepartmental competitions.

“It’s great to see the reception we get when we deliver a Food Bank barrel to a new location,” said the Food Bank’s Mark Paxton.  “I have yet to hear anyone say, ‘what do we do with that?’  Instead, what we consistently hear from people is that they’re excited to participate and to have the opportunity to help their neighbors.”

With two weeks left in the campaign, there’s ample time to help out. To arrange for a barrel delivery either this year or for next year’s campaign, call Community Food Bank at 831-637-0340.

Food and Fund Drive barrel locations


Bank of America, 320 San Benito St.
Heritage Bank, 351 Tres Pinos Road, Hollister
Union Bank, 300 Tres Pinos Road, Hollister
Wells Fargo Bank, 575 San Benito St., Hollister


Calvista Insurance, 370 Fifth St., Hollister
Flying Colors Dance and Fitness, 1700 Lana Way, Hollister
Gold’s Gym, 1525 Cushman Dr., Hollister
Hollister Free Lance, 360 Sixth St., Hollister
MC Electronics, 1891 Airway Dr., Hollister
Milgard, 2451 Bert Dr., Hollister
Mini Max Storage, 2450 San Juan Road, Hollister
Off The Chain Bikes, 101 McCray St., Hollister
Progresso’s, 230 Third St., Hollister
Postal Graphics, 1760 Airline Highway, Hollister
Teknova, 2250 Bert Court, Hollister
Tiffany Motor Co., 300 Gateway Dr., Hollister
West Marine, 2395 Bert Dr., Hollister

Government offices

Child Support Services, 2320 Technology Parkway, Hollister
Go Kids, 1101 San Felipe Road, Hollister
Hollister City Hall, 375 Fifth St., Hollister
Hollister Community Center, 300 West St., Hollister
City of Hollister Payment Center, 339 Fifth St., Hollister
San Benito County Water District, Fairview and Mansfield Roads, Hollister
San  Benito County Health and Human Services, 1111 San Felipe Road, Hollister

Grocery stores

Hollister Super No. 1, 211 Third St., Hollister
Hollister Super No. 2, 1280 San Juan Road, Hollister
Lucky’s, 291 McCray St., Hollister
Safeway, 591 Tres Pinos Road, Hollister


Grace Bible Church, 634 Monterey St., Hollister
First Presbyterian Church, 2066 San Benito St., Hollister
Hillside Christian Church, 281 San Felipe Road, Hollister
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Airline Highway and Quien Sabe Road, Tres Pinos






BenitoLink Staff