The cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore and community organizations are teaming up again to eliminate barriers to food this summer for hundreds of Tri-Valley families and individuals.
More than 700 households in the Tri-Valley are affected by hunger and food insecurity, according to organizers of the upcoming fourth annual Feed Tri-Valley food drive. According to their website, “The mission of Feed Tri-Valley is to be part of a larger movement to end hunger by educating and soliciting donations to feed this local community.”
Food insecurity -- which can impede learning and development in children and is linked to increased healthcare problems in adulthood -- is still a year-round problem, so residents are encouraged to donate nonperishable food and grocery store gift cards at designated drop-off locations in the Tri-Valley from July 7-21.
Feed Tri-Valley started in 2016 as an alliance of all three cities and local charities such as Open Heart Kitchen, Interfaith Sharing, Tri-Valley Haven and Valley Bible Church, and focuses on increasing public awareness about hunger in local communities. The network provides more than 25,000 meals each month in addition to organizing the drive each year.
Local businesses are urged to join the two-week cause and serve as a host collection site for food items and grocery store gift card donations. Gift cards are particularly desired because it lets food providers purchase fresh items like meat, dairy and produce instead of canned goods.
Nonperishable items that are being requested include canned tuna, chicken, soups, sauces, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, dry pasta, individually wrapped energy and granola bars, and four-ounce juice boxes. All donations will be distributed to needy residents in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore.
Livermore and Pleasanton residents can drop off donations at several locations including the Pleasanton Public Library (400 Old Bernal Ave.) Towne Center Books (555 Main St.) and gift cards only at the Livermore–Pleasanton Fire Department, 3560 Nevada St. Dublin residents may leave their donations at the Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza.
Businesses interested in hosting a collection site are asked to email Nicole Thomas with the city of Pleasanton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete list of drop-off locations, visit the Feed Tri-Valley webpage.