CVCB donation provides 76K pounds of food for hungry families

Central Valley Community Bank challenges other businesses to donate to local food banks


FRESNO – Central Valley Community Bank (CVCB), which has branches in Exeter and Visalia, is challenging businesses to put their money where their mouth is. And instead of talking about feeding the hungry, the bank will contribute $8,500 to the 10 food banks serving the San Joaquin Valley and Greater Sacramento region.

For every $1 raised, qualified food banks are able to buy nine pounds of food through bulk contracts, thus allowing Central Valley Community Bank’s donation to provide 76,500 pounds of food for individuals in the regions it serves. The California Department of Food and Agriculture reported a four percent decline in California’s overall agriculture value in 2016 and with a slower harvest during the cold winter months that come with the holiday season, the need for food aid is greater for families dependent on crop production during this time of the year. This puts extra strain on local food banks as they strive to help those who have nowhere else to go to feed their families. Food banks cannot meet their needs without communities coming together to support them. For the fourth year in a row, Central Valley Community Bank has decided to take action to assist in the fight against hunger by initiating a challenge to other businesses to do the same. The Bank’s four-year contribution to this cause is in excess of $25,000.

“The winter season means tighter food budgets for many farming families, as agricultural work is scarce. Central Valley Community Bank takes pride in providing help to these families in need through their local food banks and making this time of the year merrier for all. We encourage other local and regionally-based businesses to do the same, especially during the holiday season,” said James M. Ford, President and CEO of CVCB.

Listed below are the food banks serving the local area that are receiving donations from CVCB with contact information for other interested businesses to use so they too can support their local food banks.

For more information on Central Valley Community Bank’s Business Food Fund Challenge, contact Debbie Nalchajian-Cohen at 559-222-1322.

Community Food Bank – Denise O’Canto Corporate Relations Manager 559-237-3663 ext. 114

The Salvation Army – Visalia and Tulare Corps, Major Yonathan Escobar Corps Officer, Visalia 559-733-2784

Central Valley Community Bank, headquartered in Fresno, operates 24 full service offices throughout California’s San Joaquin Valley, including Exeter and Visalia, and Greater Sacramento region. Additionally, the Bank operates Commercial Real Estate Lending, SBA Lending and Agribusiness Lending Departments. More information about Central Valley Community Bancorp and Central Valley Community Bank can be found at Also, visit Central Valley Community Bank on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information on Central Valley Community Bank’s Business Food Fund Challenge, contact Debbie Nalchajian-Cohen at 559-222-1322. Community Food Banks Counties Served Contacts Community Food Bank.

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