Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Kicks Off First Annual Fundraiser to Benefit Bay Area Food Banks

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the leading provider of real estate services in the Bay Area, announced today the kick off of its first annual fundraiser to benefit Bay Area Food Banks, just in time for the holidays as a way of reaching out to those Bay Area residents who have been affected by today’s challenging economic times.  The real estate company has also announced that it will match up to $10,000 in donations collected from now until December 18.

“This is our first ever Bay Area Food Banks fundraiser and we’re confident it’s going to be a great success,” said Rick Turley, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the San Francisco Bay Area.  “This has been a difficult year for so many in the Bay Area and we’re asking for help to feed those in our local communities who have been going hungry.  By offering to match $10,000 in donations, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is encouraging agents, staff and clients to contribute generously and we’re hoping to make a big impact by matching their offerings.”

All 37 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties are encouraging sales associates, staff and clients to donate at least five dollars to help the hungry in their communities.  All donations will stay local and be distributed to each county’s food bank.  The public is encouraged to donate by logging on to

“The fact is, every little bit counts,” said Turley.  “And if we all do our part—no matter what denomination we choose—we can make a difference.  The holidays are about giving and I am very excited about this important opportunity to give back and help hundreds, potentially thousands, of families who may have otherwise gone hungry this holiday season.”

This Bay Area Food Banks’ fundraiser is just one of the ways Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage helps local communities each year.  For the past 11 years, the company has supported Northern California chapters of Habitat for Humanity, raising more than $2 million, donating more than 42,000 in volunteer hours and participating in the building of 95 homes.  It is currently holding its annual Toys for Tots and Operation: One Warm Coat collection drives, where offices have collected thousands of toys and coats, blankets and towels for those Bay Area residents in need.

Bay Area Food Banks acquire millions of pounds of food through community food drives, by trucking in donated surplus groceries and fresh produce from manufacturers, wholesalers and produce growers, and by purchasing selected food items that are needed for food assistance programs in the community.  Though most of the food it collects is donated, it is able to obtain purchased food at a low cost so that every dollar donated goes even further.

At the conclusion of the fundraiser, sales associates and staff will participate in a shopping trip to use a portion of the money collected to purchase food for each of the nine Bay Area Food Banks.  Dates and locations of the shopping trip will be announced at a later time.

Thinking about donating?  Check out what your donation will do for deserving families:

What Your Donation to the Food Bank Will Buy:

$25         Provides a family with food for one week.

$50         Feeds a person in need for 2 months.

$100        Feeds a hungry child for 1 year.

$500        Provides a 3-day supply of emergency food to 6 families in crisis.

$1,000      Feeds a family for 10 months.

$2,500      Provides food for 36 low-income seniors for 3 months.

$5,000      Supports the operation of a truck and driver for a year.