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Oct 31, 2012

The Raceway In Sonoma Launches Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Raceway Kicks Off 12th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Drive Benefits Sonoma and San Francisco and Marin Food Banks

SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2012) "” The raceway in Sonoma will take the green flag on its 12th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive in an effort to help those in need this holiday season.

Local food banks continue to face increased demand and decreasing funds, making this year's food drive, which spans Nov. 1-19, more important than ever. All non-perishable food items collected will be donated to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks.

"We are determined to provide everyone in need with all the makings for a wholesome, home-cooked holiday meal," said Paul Ash, San Francisco and Marin Food Banks executive director. "In order to meet the demand, the Food Bank relies on the support of the community. We are truly grateful for the donations given through the food drive."

The raceway's food drive has generated more than 37,500 pounds of food since its inception in 2001, including nearly 10,000 pounds in 2011.

Non-perishable food items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive can be dropped off at the following locations:

· The raceway, 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. 800-870-RACE (7223), www.racesonoma.com.

· Sonoma Market, 500 West Napa Street, Sonoma, (707) 996-3411, www.sonoma-glenellenmkt.com

· Glen Ellen Village Market, 13751 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen, 707-996-6728, www.sonoma-glenellenmkt.com Destination RKA, 930 Shiloh Rd, Bldg 41-C, Windsor, (707) 836-7659. www.rka-luggage.com.

· Food items can also mailed to the raceway: Jennifer Imbimbo, Highways 37 and 121, Sonoma, CA, 95476.

The mission of the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks (www.sffoodbank.org) is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin counties. Hunger is a serious problem in our community with one in four children and adults at risk of hunger in San Francisco and Marin. The Food Bank serves more than 225,000 people each year throughout San Francisco and Marin counties, and will distribute more than 45 million pounds of food to the community this year alone.

FISH (www.friendsinsonomahelping.org) has been helping Sonoma Valley residents in times of need since 1970 and provides not only food, but clothing, transportation and emergency rental assistance to Sonoma Valley residents in need. FISH has been a beneficiary of the raceway's food drive since its inception in 2001.

For more information on the food drive, visit racesonoma.com or contact Jennifer Imbimbo at (707) 933-3981 or jennifer@racesonoma.com.