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Thank you, Franklin! Summer drive collects 300 pounds of food

A big thank you to everyone who donated to UCOP’s Franklin food drive, which collected 300 pounds of food during July and August for the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

“The food bank serves one in six county residents through our network of 275 soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other community organizations located in every corner of Alameda County,” said Katherine Avila, food bank drive coordinator, in a letter thanking OP for its contribution. “Your collection will go directly to providing healthy meals to our neighbors struggling with hunger.”

To further support the food bank, a group of UCOP staff volunteers spent an afternoon there during Staff Appreciation Week, helping sort and box fresh produce and nonperishable food for distribution to the food bank’s partner agencies.

The Alameda County Food Bank last year collected 94,000 pounds of food during its summer food drive, helping 49,000 East Bay residents every week. Those in need include many children who, during summer vacation, miss out on the nutritious meals they normally get through their school lunch program.

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