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Nov 22, 2010

Infineon Raceway's 10th Annual Food Drive Brings In Over Five Tons Of Food

Thanksgiving Food Drive Nets More than 10,000 Pounds for Area Food Banks

SONOMA, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2010) Infineon Raceway distributed more than 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano on Monday during the raceway's 10th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The amount marked the most Infineon Raceway has distributed in one year since the inception of the food drive in 2001. In total, the raceway has distributed more than 28,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to area food banks over the last 10 years.

"Our donations have been down, so every can (of food) helps," said Sherman Bielfelt, a FISH volunteer. "You can be sure that every can of food will feed somebody, or a bunch of somebodies. We know that the Infineon Raceway donation will make a difference."

FISH has been serving needy Sonoma Valley residents since 1970, while the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has been serving the community for 35 years, providing food to more than 132,000 hungry people in need every month through a network of 200 charitable agencies.

"As far as donations go, it's been a good season, but the need is way up this year," said Lisa Sherrill, community relations manager for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. "We're up 35 percent over where we were two years ago, in terms of requests for food. This donation from the raceway will be very helpful, that's for sure."

Infineon Raceway was not alone in its efforts. It was joined in the food drive by Innerstave; Pedroncelli Motorsports; tenants of the Infineon Raceway Motor Sports Industrial Park and Destination RKA in Windsor. Sonoma Gourmet of Cotati also made a generous donation of eight pallets of gourmet food items.

For more information about Infineon Raceway community events, call 800-870-RACE or visit www.infineonraceway.com.