The IV Food Bank Bowls to Strike Out Hunger


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEL CENTRO – On Sunday, June 22, the Imperial Valley Food Bank bowled their third consecutive year in ‘Bowling to Strike out Hunger’ fundraiser at the Brunswick Zone XL in El Centro.

Each bowler was expected to raise at least $50 in donations.  

A total of eleven teams participated in this fundraiser representing local businesses and entities such as the Imperial Valley Food Bank, the Imperial County Sheriff Office, the Imperial County Association of Realtors, Rabobank, the Assessor’s Office through Robert Menvielle,  and the Rotary Exchange Program.

Many Valley residents joined in the fun and at times fervent competition including foreign exchange students with the Rotary Exchange Program.  These students are visiting the Imperial Valley for one week and will be doing community work as well as rafting down the Colorado River in Yuma, visiting the U.S/Mexico border, and setting up small libraries around the Valley.

This community event highlights the compassion many locals and visitors have for those in need.

The IV Food Bank is a non-profit organization and since 1991 they have served the Imperial Valley local families in need.  

According to the Imperial Valley Food Bank they currently serve more than 20,000 Imperial County residents per month. These donations will go toward those families in need.

Sara Griffen, the Executive Director of the IV Food Bank stated, “I am proud to host an event that attracts residents from all walks of life and encourages community outreach.”

Several awards were given including the highest score for men and women and team series. The coveted Strike Trophy was the ultimate award given to the team that raised the highest donations.

This trophy is kept with the winning team for one year until the next ‘Bowling to Strike out Hunger’ when they will aim to keep it.  This event was a Strike in terms of attendance and overall success.