Ten local organizations have been selected to distribute 221 hams to families in need this holiday season as part of Fresno State’s third annual Helping Hams campaign.

The organizations will pick up the hams at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market at Fresno State (5368 N. Chestnut Ave.) with assistance from Associated Students, Inc., the Fresno State Meat Lab and student employees.

Six of the distribution organizations are campus-related: the Student Cupboard, Bulldog Pantry, College Assistance Migrant Program, Student Support Services, Student Support Services Veterans and Food Recovery Network.

Other local distribution agencies include the Fresno Country Department of Behavioral Health, El Dorado Park Boys and Girls Club, Building Neighborhood Capacity Program and The Way Ministries.

The organizations were selected by the personnel committee of Associated Students, Inc. based on their connection to Fresno State, client population served and overall need expressed in their application.

Each distributing organization has already identified families and projects that will receive hams.

The campaign raised $6,645 and exceeded its goal of 175 hams from Nov. 19-Dec. 4. The largest contribution was a $3,500 donation from RCO Ag Credit, Inc., an agriculture finance company based in Fresno.

Area residents can buy their own holiday hams or other campus products at the Gibson Farm Market (9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday). The market will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

For more information, contact Ashleigh Rocker at 559.278.7703 or arocker@csufresno.edu.