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Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Smart & Final, NORMS and more donate at KTLA’s Take 5 To Care Event

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Smart & Final, NORMS and more donate at KTLA’s Take 5 To Care Event

Local Hunger Heroes participated in a two-day food and fund drive to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

The 11th annual Take 5 To Care Holiday Food Drive, in partnership with KTLA, took place on December 7th at Stater Bros. in Pasadena and on December 8th at the Citadel. In total, the televised event raised nearly $160,000 and nearly 15,000 pounds of food for our neighbors in need. This equates to 650,442 meals.

 

Old Friends And New

Every year our Food Bank team looks forward to the Take 5 To Care Holiday Food Drive—not only because we have the opportunity to spread real awareness about hunger and collect vital resources for those in need, but because we get to connect with longtime friends of the Food Bank, meet new supporters and energize our community to get involved in hunger relief.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has been supporting the Food Bank’s mission since 2004. Since the relationship began, their generosity has had a tremendous impact on our work. This year they donated $65,000, which will provide up to 260,000 meals. “At Enterprise Rent-A-Car we are committed to giving back to those communities that we serve,” said Matt Pell, Southern California Group Truck Rental Manager.

Enterprise launched the Fill Your Tank program to celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary by providing $60 million to address food insecurity around the globe.

 

Smart & Final, another longtime friend of the Food Bank, donated $40,000 and a product donation worth $10,000. “We are very excited and honored to be here to present the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank a check for $40,000,” said Barbara Van Dine, VP of Smart & Final Talent Management.  “We want to give back to the communities we serve and it is very important to us that everyone in the LA area has food to eat every day.”

Smart & Final check presentation with Michael Flood

 

We were also pleased to welcome a new donor to the event. Coco’s and Carrow’s donated more than $13,000. Their enthusiasm for our mission is apparent and we look forward to their continued support.

Coco's and Carrow's check presentation with Joan Hansen and David May

Thank you, Food Bank Volunteers

We’d like to give a special thanks to all of the volunteers who donated their time and energy to support this year’s Take 5 To Care Holiday Food Drive (especially the ones whose shift began at 4:00 a.m.)! They helped the Food Bank team collect food donations from holiday shoppers and contributed to the festive atmosphere.

Young man in apple costume at KTLA take 5 to careThe Food Bank relies on more than 30,000 volunteers annually to fulfill our mission. Truly, without community support, we would not be able to provide hope to our neighbors in need.

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Hunger doesn’t take a vacation

The Take 5 To Care Holiday Food Drive always puts a smile on peoples faces and reminds that everyone can do something to fight hunger. The truth is, while enthusiasm in the fight against hunger is high around the holidays, 1 in 7 people in LA County struggle to feed themselves all year long. We’d like to encourage all of our supporters to remember our neighbors in need throughout the year because we know what a huge impact we can make when we work together.

 

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