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Feed Tri-Valley drive underway

Three-week nonprofit program seeks to alleviate hunger in local communities

The cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore have joined together again this year for the annual Feed Tri-Valley Food Drive, which will runs now through July 22.

Feed Tri-Valley focuses on raising awareness on the epidemic of hunger in local communities and encouraging citizens to donate food for those who cannot afford a meal.

“Hunger is on the rise and one in five children struggle with hunger and food insecurity,” Pleasanton city spokeswoman Tracy Dunne said. “Because no one should go hungry, we are encouraging everyone to donate food and grocery store gift cards anywhere you see the Feed Tri-Valley logo or collection barrel.”

Founded in 2016, Feed Tri-Valley began as a collaboration among all three cities and Tri-Valley Haven, Open Heart Kitchen, Interfaith Sharing and the Valley Bible Church. Together, Tri-Valley charities have provided assistance to over 775 households and served over 25,000 meals each month.

Residents can contribute by donating either grocery store gift cards or nonperishable food to any of the participating stores or organizations in the Tri-Valley this year. Gift cards have become popular for the program because it allows food providers to purchase perishable foods such as fresh dairy, meat and vegetables instead of canned staples.

For more information on the 2018 Feed Tri-Valley initiative, visit its website.

Participating locations

* Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, 3560 Nevada St., Pleasanton

* Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton

* Pleasanton Public Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton

* Towne Center Books, 555 Main St., Pleasanton

* Dublin Senior Center, 7600 Amador Valley Blvd., Dublin

* Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin

* Shannon Community Center, 11600 Shannon Ave., Dublin.

Recommended food items (non-perishable, unopened food only):

Canned fruits and vegetables

Canned chicken/tuna

Peanut butter

Canned soup

Canned pasta sauces (enchilada sauce, spaghetti sauce)

Individually wrapped energy/granola bars

4-ounce juice boxes.

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