FOOD Share’s inaugural Blue Jean Ball, held outdoors at the beautiful Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada farms, helped raise the support necessary to feed food-insecure Ventura County residents.
Guests at the regional food bank’s signature fundraiser walked the denim carpet, enjoyed an extensive local food and beverage line-up and danced to live entertainment by Jade Hendrix and Justin Honsinger. An interactive “Jail ‘N Bail” featuring local celebrities provided additional entertainment in support of FOOD Share.
“Solving hunger is not a challenge that FOOD Share can tackle alone—it’s a community-wide effort that requires the support and partnership of countless individuals and organizations across Ventura County,” says FOOD Share President & CEO Bonnie Atmore, adding, “1 in 6 Ventura County residents is still food insecure, and while we’ve made amazing progress as a community, we still have a long way to go. Our partners know and understand this reality, which is why so many are willing to help us. We’re so grateful for the partnership of Tierra Rejada Farms, because in addition to supporting the Blue Jean Ball, they are helping us raise awareness of the continued need our hungry friends and neighbors face every day.”
FOOD Share Facts
More than 35 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, FOOD Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 74,500 people. Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 12 million pounds of food annually from its distribution site to more than 180 partner agencies, which include neighborhood and church food distributions and soup kitchens as well as hunger assistance programs.
FOOD Share’s programs provide healthy nutrition and education to children, families and seniors. Their Feed the Line, Shorten the Line efforts draw together community stakeholders to provide county-wide access to resources that facilitate self-sustainability. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, FOOD Share is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. Visit FoodShare.com for more information.