Released 10 February 2012
"Feed The Need" Community Food Drive Honored with
Prestigeous Merrill Award
Top Honor commemorates community's
feeding its starving neighbors.
(L to R: Captain Dwaine Breazeale, The Salvation Army;
John Alkire, The Big Fresno Fair; Andy Souza, Community Food Bank)
February 10, 2012 (FRESNO, CA): Today, The Big Fresno Fair, The Salvation Army, Community Food Bank and
other local partners formally announced that the "Feed The Need" Community Food Drive received the elusive Merrill
Award, given by the Western Fairs Association (WFA). This top award
is the highest honor awarded in the WFA Achievement Award Program and is given
to fairs that clearly demonstrate innovation, vision and excellence.
addition to thanking key food drive partners, John C. Alkire, CEO of The
Big Fresno Fair, formally dedicated the award to the Fresno community, thanking
those who volunteered at the event and everyone who contributed food -- a total
of 134 tons of food over the last three Fair-time food drives. Fresno County
Henry Perea and Phil Larson, were on hand to accept the
award on behalf of the community, among other civic leaders.
"This is a great honor for both The Big Fresno Fair and the Fresno
Community," said Captain Dwaine Breazeale, Area Coordinator for The Salvation
Army. "The award not only signifies innovation on behalf of the food
drive partners, but the high-level of committment by the larger community to
step-up and donate food to those hungry among us."
2011, The Salvation Army of Fresno County provided food boxes to more
than 100,000 men, women, and children. This year, distribution is on
track to reach at least 150,000 men, women and children. In addtiion The
Salvation Army in Fresno serves nearly 8,000 meals to low income seniors each
year through its Senior Nutritional Program.
Over the past three years, the "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive has
grown into the largest single day, single location food drive in the nation.
Today's honor is an opportunity to remind the community about the importance of
giving and challenge everyone to increase their volunteerism and charitable
giving throughout the year - helping to Be The Change in our community.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT TODAY'S CEREMONY AND THE MERRILL AWARD.
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