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Trick or Treat for Food!

For the second year, Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery challenged 7 teams of Concord High School students to go door to door on Halloween night collecting food and money for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano for the Tesoro 2nd Annual Scare Away Hunger food drive. The teams of 12 students represented Cheer, Choir, Football, Leadership, Music, Soccer, and Softball. Several days before Halloween, the students delivered paper bags to their designated neighborhoods in hopes of increasing donations and thus winning bragging rights. Of course the real winners are those we serve in the community. The grand total was 10,256 pounds of food (3,600 pounds more than last year) and $1,162.05 plus a $1,000 donation from an individual who wanted to do more with their money when they heard that Tesoro would match the pounds/money up to $5,000 for the Food Bank and an additional $5,000 to the Concord High School programs.

The winning team for the food collection was Music with 2,184 pounds of food. The winning team for the money collection was Softball with $323.56. The best surprise of the evening was when a film crew from ABC7 with anchor Alan Wong showed up to film the event. Alan Wong said he thought this was a very creative way to collect food and money for the Food Bank, to involve the students in a fun and rewarding community project and to allow the community to be a part of something good.

 Thank you to Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery for sponsoring the event for a 2nd year. Thank you Ken Dami for your leadership. Thank you Principal Gary McAdam of Concord High for your leadership and getting your fantastic teachers and students involved again. Thank you students for volunteering as a team and making the 2nd year so successful. Thank you community for giving and helping those in need. Did we Scare Away Hunger? I think we did and we will do it again every Halloween until it is gone for good.

SCARE AWAY HUNGER – Trick or Treat for Food

Guest blog post by Ken Dami – Public and Government Affairs Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company Golden Eagle Refinery – The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has partnered with Concord High School and the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery to “Scare Away Hunger”. Over 80 Concord High School students and teachers, supported by a team of Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery employees, will be out on Halloween night trick or treating for food on behalf of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. The students have formed seven teams that will trick or treat for food and/or donations in selected neighborhoods in the greater Concord area. The purpose is to raise much needed funds and food for the Food Bank which currently serves over 132,000 people every month. Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery is supporting the event with volunteers, vehicles, and matching dollar for dollar funds collected or pounds of food donated up to $5,000 to both the Food Bank and Concord High School ($10,000 total investment).

The event starts at Concord High School on October 31, 2011 at 5pm when the teams meet. Dinner will be hosted by Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery. Food Bank staff will be on hand with scales to weigh the food that is brought in by the teams or any that is dropped off by the public. All teams must return for final weigh in by 8:30pm. Concord High School teams are competing against each other to see who can raise the most funds or pounds of food. “The real winners are the students of Concord High School who have an opportunity to give back to their community and raise awareness for the Food Bank”, states Concord High School Student Government Representative, Zeenat Yahya. “We believe that no one should go hungry especially our neighbors. Our employees believe in serving their community and we are proud to partner with local students to support the Food Bank,” says Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery Manager, Steve Hansen.

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Executive Director, Larry Sly states, “People shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from. We’ve seen a large increase in the diversity of people seeking food. What’s making a difference for us in meeting the demand is how the community comes together with innovative ways to collect food and get the message out”.

The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been serving the community for 36 years. They provide food to more than 132,000 hungry people in need every month directly at community sites and through a network of 180 charitable agencies, and distributed nearly 14 million pounds last year. The Food Bank works to reduce food waste, feed hungry people, and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger.