With a goal of 50 can trees – each built with approximately 800 cans – the community-building event will kick off at 10:30 a.m. when teams will work together to construct 6-foot-tall can trees that will be showcased at the Whole Foods Market site. The centerpiece of the spectacular display will be The Collection’s can tree built with 10,000 cans designed and assembled by students of ACE Charter High School.
At 5 p.m. that evening, all of the participating business’ hard work will be unveiled at the official Can Tree Collection holiday event featuring a bevy of holiday entertainment festivities for families to enjoy, including live music and bands, carolers, ornament and cookie decorating stations, a balloon artist and a photo station for portraits with Santa Claus for those who bring food or monetary donations. FOOD Share volunteers and local radio stations will be on site throughout the weekend for the food bank’s largest food drive of the year. The weekend-long event will end on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m.
Donations to FOOD Share will be accepted all weekend at the Whole Foods Market site where the live music bands will be staged. For every $25 donated, the regional food bank that feeds 74,500 individuals a month will be able to provide $125 worth of food to families in need. This year, FOOD Share’s goal is to raise $150,000 in donations throughout the holiday season to provide 8 million meals – an equivalent to 10 million pounds of food – this fiscal year ending in June. Event-goers who make a monetary donation to the Tackle Hunger campaign will receive a free photo will Santa. The Collection will also treat the first 50 guests who attend the kick-off event with canned goods to donate with two complimentary tickets to the new Century RiverPark16 movie theater.
“We cannot think of a more perfect location to bring families and friends together for this remarkable event than at The Collection,”
About FOOD Share:
The food bank distributing millions of pounds of food each year to those in need throughout Ventura County, FOOD Share collects and receives food year-round, distributing through more than 150 pantry partner agencies throughout Ventura County, including Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Oak View, Ojai, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Somis, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura.
FOOD Share provides food to more than 74,500 people each month countywide through its partner agencies and multiple programs. Programs include the Senior Brown Bag that provides supplemental nutrition to nearly 2,000 low income seniors, home delivered meals and supplemental groceries through the Oxnard and Ventura Senior Nutrition Programs and the Kids' Farmers' Markets, offering nutrition education, healthy recipe preparation, taste testing and a farmers’ market free fresh produce “shopping experience.”
In 2011, FOOD Share partnered with Ventura County’s Human Services Agency to provide expanded CalFresh enrollment assistance. CalFresh, formerly called food stamps, is the largest federal nutrition assistance program that provides supplemental nutrition assistance to eligible Ventura County residents.
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