Community Thanksgiving and Food Drive in Vista, CA – Press Release

For Immediate Release
November 12, 2013

Contact: Brigitte Taylor

Spirit of Community and Giving is Alive in Downtown Vista

Vista, CA –Vista will be harvesting ideas, time, as well as nourishment this season, over the next couple of months. Now is the time to offer a helping hand, offer life-changing opportunities, and offer food for the hungry as a united community!

Working Together for Community Beautification:
Nancy Russell Property Management will host a South Sante Fe Action Committee meeting with merchants, artists, and educators to discuss ways to work together and contribute to the beautification and revitalization of South Sante Fe, on Tuesday November 19th from 9-10 am at 519 S. Sante Fe in Vista. RSVP to

Community Thanksgiving and Food Drive:

The Vista Village Business Association invites you to the Community Thanksgiving Celebration, presented by Yoga Munkey, on Wednesday November 20th from 4-8 pm at the Main Street Farmers Market in historic Downtown Vista at 255 Main Street, (at Main Street and S. Indiana Avenue). Sit down for a lovely community meal. Pay it forward with canned or packaged Thanksgiving food items* for those in need. Food Drive will benefit Catholic Charities Food Resource Center, Boys & Girls Club of Vista, and Got Your Back San Diego. Join in the fun and enjoy the live music of The Gaffer Band. Tanya’s Dance will be performing. Yoga Munkey will offer acupuncture and conduct yoga demonstrations on site!

*Food Drive items needed:
• Grocery Store Gift Cards ($25)
• Canned Yams/Sweet Potatoes and Canned Corn
• Instant Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
• Stuffing
• Canned Pumpkin and Cranberry Sauce

Food Drive Locations:
• Main Street Farmers Market, 255 Main Street – Wednesday, November 20th and December 4, only 4-8 pm
• Yoga Munkey, 410 S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite 105
• Vista Village Pub: 224 Main Street – daily
• US Bank, 245 Vista Village Drive – daily
• Lush Coffee & Tea, 324 Main Street – daily
• Frazier Farms, 225 Vista Village Drive – daily
• Walgreens, 802 S. Santa Fe Ave. – daily

“Yoga Munkey says we truly get rich by giving! The healthier we are the more we can choose to give in abundance from our Time, Talent and Treasure!” said Madi Huong. “Yoga Munkey is here as an advocate for vibrant health and giving because both serve as catalysts for the great change we need to see in the world! We are here to surprise you into health through fun Yoga, Acupuncture, connecting with your community and being a hub where you can give to a great cause!”

“The Food Resource Center, in Vista assisted over 12,000 households last year. It is open Monday through Friday, clients are allowed to come in once a month for food, and there are no criteria or restrictions to receive assistance from the program. In addition to food, the Center offers assistance applying for Calfresh (food stamp) benefits and makes referrals to other community providers such as the Vista Community Clinic, North County Solutions for Change, Interfaith and Brother Bennos,” said Lisa DuMolt of Food Resource Centers, Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego. “Each year the Center in Vista provides 100 families with Thanksgiving food baskets. This year’s distribution will take place at St. Francis Church on November 20.”

“The Boys & Girls Club of Vista offers daily fitness, social recreation, leadership, and academic enrichment programs at five sites in Vista and Oceanside. Our mission is to inspire and enable all kids ages 6-18, but especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as responsible and productive citizens. We keep our Club membership fees affordable at just $50 a year and help families in need,” said Matt Koumaras, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Vista. “We have a lot of families in need. 34% of our families have annual household incomes of less than $20,000 a year. This holiday food drive will help make sure all of our Club members enjoy a happy holiday this year and aren’t hungry when school is out. Thank you for thinking about the Boys & Girls Club of Vista this holiday and please visit us for a free tour.”

Got Your Back is a weekend nutrition program created by the ARO for elementary students in San Diego County schools who have been identified as homeless. Every week volunteers from all walks of life converge on our North County warehouse to fill backpacks full of food and love and deliver them to schools. Currently, there are thousands of children in San Diego County’s schools who have been identified as homeless. With your help we are making a difference!

In the holiday spirit of giving, bring the kids to see Santa, donate canned goods for those in need, and enjoy family-friendly fun and music at the Farmers Market on December 4th from 4-8 pm. Be sure to stay in town for the tree lighting ceremony hosted by Lush Coffee & Tea at 5pm at 324 Main Street, a delightful, uplifting experience for all!

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