El Centro, CA â€” The Imperial Valley Food Bank has received an outpouring of community support for its inaugural Harvest BowlÂ heldÂ last Saturday, October 6 at the Imperial Valley Expo. Beginning at 5:30pm in the Plaza de la Cultura building, this benefit dinner celebrated the joy of food and the impact of the organizationâ€™s critical hunger-relief programs. Tickets for the unique dining experienceÂ were purchasedÂ for $100 each ($60 tax-deductible donation). Each ticket purchased allowed IVFB to provide 438 meals to Imperial County residents in need.
â€œFeeding over 20,000 people every month, the IV Food Bank, while a model of efficiency, simply canâ€™t keep up with the demand for food. Hunger in our county primarily affects children and seniors, some of our most vulnerable residents who are unable to change their situation,â€ said Sara Griffen, Executive Director.
â€œProceeds from the â€˜Harvest Bowlâ€™ will help the Food Bank meet this demand. We thank the community for coming together to support this critical event,â€ explained IVFB Board President, Dave Takata.
Celebrating the joy of food, the Harvest Bowl included live entertainment and opportunities to network with residents from Imperial County. IVFB has plans to make the event an annual dining experience, a moveable feast that will travel to other cities throughout the region each year. Next yearâ€™s host city will be selected at the end of this yearâ€™s Harvest Bowl.
Contact the Imperial Valley Food Bank at 760-370-0966 or email@example.com to donate.
The Harvest Bowl is generously sponsored at a Gold level by Rabobank, Sun Community Federal Credit Union, Bornt & Sons. Media partners include: KXO Radio and KYMA DT