The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank announced this year’s Holiday Food Drive sponsors and co-chairs at a press conference with Mayor Sanders.
Jerome’s Furniture Chairman Jerry Navarra and Wells Fargo Business Banking President Steve Bernstein will co-chair the Food Bank’s annual Holiday Food Drive. Both business leaders will help the Food Bank raise much-needed food donations for needy children, seniors and families this holiday season.
Jerome’s Furniture and Wells Fargo bank are joint sponsors for this year’s Holiday Food Drive, a countywide campaign that encourages religious organizations, civic groups, schools and businesses to host food drives and make monetary donations to the Food Bank.
San Diegans are encouraged to support the Holiday Food Drive by donating nonperishable food items in the Food Bank’s famous red food drive collection barrels at Jerome’s Furniture locations and at all San Diego County Vons and Stater Bros. supermarkets.
Jerry Navarra has dedicated his career to Jerome’s Furniture and serves as its lead spokesperson. A family owned business, started by Jerry’s father in 1954, Jerome’s has grown to eight stores today with 458 employees. They attribute their success to the company’s never-failing commitment to always giving consumers the best furniture values in San Diego They are proud to have literally helped thousands of San Diegans make their house a home. Navarra has served in significant philanthropic roles to support the community.
Steve Bernstein is Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Division in Southern California. Bernstein is responsible for more than 100 Business Banking team members in San Diego and Riverside counties serving California companies with annual revenues between $2 million and $20 million. Bernstein has served on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee for the Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
Food Bank Vice President Chris Carter said, “The Food Bank is very fortunate to have two such dedicated community leaders serving as this year’s Holiday Food Drive co-chairs. Jerry Navarra and Steve Bernstein are excellent representatives for the Food Bank. We are very grateful to have the support of Jerome’s Furniture and Wells Fargo for this very important food drive which will help us feed thousands of seniors, children and families in need this holiday season.”
The Food Bank is also encouraging the public to make secure donations on its website: www.sandiegofoodbank.org.
About the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank:
Established in 1977, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of government programs and partnerships with over 350 San Diego County nonprofit charities, the Food Bank acts as a central repository and distribution point for government and donated food. The Food Bank distributed 17.9 million pounds of food in the Fiscal Year 2011 - 2012 to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. Visit the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank at: www.sandiegofoodbank.org
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