Santa Paula Times

Hunger Action Month culminates in First Hunger Free Corporate Games

September 13, 2013
Santa Paula News

As Hunger Action Month comes to an end in September, the fight to raise food and monetary donations to help feed 74,500 Ventura County residents in need is ongoing. FOOD Share has invited business and community leaders to participate in the first annual Hunger Free Corporate Games on Friday, October 4, at the historic Limoneira Ranch.

From noon to 4 p.m., teams competing in the inaugural event will play a series of games that include tug-of-war, bocce ball, relay races, “can-struction” builds, trivia and cooking contests.

“The Hunger Free Corporate Games will be the perfect way to wrap up our Hunger Action Month efforts to alleviate hunger in Ventura County,” said Bonnie Weigel, president and CEO of FOOD Share. “No one deserves to go hungry, and I am grateful to everyone who is participating and helping us fulfill our mission.”

Teams interested in participating in the Hunger Free Corporate Games should contact Jordan Brown at or 805-983-7100 ext. 129. Registration for the event is open until Friday, Sept. 20. All proceeds will go to 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 162 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 and 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.

In May 2013, FOOD Share established a partnership with Southern California Gas to further expand and support the hungry individuals the food bank serves. The Southern California Gas CARE Program provides a further source of support to individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet.  The CARE program provides relief through discounted gas utility bills for individuals and families. 

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