2012 Coldwell Banker Bay Area Food Banks Holiday Fundraiser

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the leading provider of real estate services in the Bay Area, today kicked off its fourth annual fundraiser to benefit Bay Area Food Banks.  The company’s community foundation has also announced that it will match up to $10,000 in donations collected from now until December 10.

Sales associates, staff and clients in all 62 Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in Northern California are encouraged to donate at least five dollars to help the hungry in their communities.  All donations will stay local and be distributed to food banks in Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties.  The public is encouraged to donate by logging on to www.events.org/foodbank.

“Our annual fundraisers to benefit Bay Area Food Banks have been tremendously successful and we’re looking forward to pitching in and doing our part for those in need again this year,” said Rick Turley, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“The food drive, along with our annual Toys for Tots and Operation: One Warm Coat campaigns, give our agents and staff three ways to give back to the communities that have been so supportive of our company all year long,” he added. “The best part is that every dollar stays in the community where it was raised.  That allows us the opportunity to help those affected by hunger in our own neighborhoods.”

During last year’s Holiday Food Bank Fundraiser, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage collected more than $11,000 in donations and matched that with an additional $10,000 for a final contribution of more than $21,000 to the Bay Area’s nine county food banks.

About Bay Area Food Banks

Bay Area Food Banks acquires 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 low cost so that every dollar donated goes even further.