Assemblymember Mary Hayashi's Jingle Tails Food Drive Raises 2,000 Pounds Of Food For Alameda County Families

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5th annual Jingle Tails Holiday Event and Food Drive hosted by Assemblymember Mary Hayashi great success in fighting hunger in Alameda County

It was very inspiring to see this level of generosity and support from the community, which will help many Alameda County families in need during this holiday season and into the new year. -Assemblymember Mary Hayashi

Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) organized the 5th Annual Jingle Tails Holiday Event and Food Drive at the Oakland Zoo on December 15, 2011. Thousands attended the fundraising drive, donating a record 2,000 pounds of food to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

“We were overwhelmed by the record response to this important event,” stated Assemblymember Mary Hayashi. “It was very inspiring to see this level of generosity and support from the community, which will help many Alameda County families in need during this holiday season and into the new year.”

For the past five years, Assemblymember Hayashi has sponsored Jingle Tails to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in Alameda County and throughout America. According to Alameda County Community Food Bank, one in six Alameda County residents rely on the donations provided at the food bank – roughly 50,000 people per week. In California, one in ten households is at risk for hunger or experiences hunger. This represents nearly 2 million children.

Participants are asked to donate protein-rich items, such as a can of tuna or a jar of peanut butter. This year, Jingle Tails doubled the amount raised from 2010, when participants donated 950 pounds of food.

The Oakland Zoo generously provides free admission in support of this event, allowing participants to enjoy Zoolights, the largest LED light festival in Northern California. More than 120 animal structures are illuminated with festival lights synchronized to holiday music.

Assemblymember Hayashi is the Chair of the Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection Committee and serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Sunol.

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