Annual Helping Hams drive aims to feed hungry during holidays

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Annual Helping Hams drive aims to feed hungry during holidays

Fresno State’s seventh annual Helping Hams campaign is seeking gifts in increments of $5 to donate holiday hams to charitable organizations. The drive will run through Dec. 5. 

The campaign, sponsored by Associated Students, Inc., kicks off with a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market (5368 N. Chestnut Ave.).

At Wednesday’s launch, Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro will announce this year’s goal to raise $7,500 to purchase hams. He will be joined by other members of his cabinet; Dr. Dennis Nef, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology; Omar Hernandez, Associated Students, Inc. president; and Jordan College student senator Jackie Taylor.

Free samples of Fresno State cranberry sauce and pumpkin butter will be available.

Donations will be accepted at the Gibson Farm Market in increments of $5. Six donations (or $30) will purchase one ham for a family in need. Donations via check can be made payable to and dropped off at the Gibson Farm Market.

RCO Ag Credit returns as a major supporter of the campaign and has pledged $2,500. The organization has been the primary supporter for the past six years.

Thanks to the community’s generosity, past campaigns have exceeded goals and raised money to donate over 1,000 hams since 2013. Last year, 250 hams were donated to charitable organizations.

Charitable organizations affiliated with Fresno State can be considered for holiday ham donations by applying online at bit.ly/helpinghams2019 through Dec. 5. For more application information, contact Luis Sepulveda at 559.278.7703 or sepulveda@mail.fresnostate.edu.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Associated Students, Inc. representatives, and organizations will be notified of their application’s status via email by Dec. 9.

The Gibson Farm Market is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A receipt for donations is available upon request. 

For more information on the campaign, call 559.278.4511.


(Story by Yesenia Candelaria, communications coordinator for Associated Students, Inc.)