Fresno State’s “Red Lot” at the southwest corner of Barstow and Cedar avenues will be turned over to a great cause for 12 hours Wednesday.

Anyone donating 10 or more canned food items to Fresno State’s Student Cupboard will receive an admission ticket good for any day of the Big Fresno Fair.

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Fresno State First Lady Mary Castro and Fresno State coaches and players will greet food drive donors. They will give away 2019 season football game tickets throughout the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. event to random winners. And, Maya Cinemas will provide popcorn coupons while supplies last.

In addition, New Rock 104.1, 940 ESPN, 95.7 The Fox and 99.3 Now FM will broadcast live to entertain donors who can donate without exiting their vehicles.

Watch: Fresno State Cupboard Feeds Student Success

About the Student Cupboard

“Community support for basic needs greatly helps our students achieve their academic goals while they are at Fresno State. Nearly 44% of our students struggle with food insecurity and it is a high priority of ours to reduce it, said Frank Lamas, Fresno State’s vice president for the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. “Food insecurity is not something that is limited to our campus. Throughout California, campuses are working together to address this crisis and empower student success.”

During the academic school year, the student cupboard serves an average of 4,600 students each month. They receive free food and hygiene items donated by community organizations or purchased at discount with donor funding. Additionally, 563 student applications were submitted to CalFresh during the last academic year.

67,000 Pounds Collected in 2018

John Alkire, the fair’s CEO, says he is hopeful that the drive will exceed the 2018 total.

“Last year, with the amazing support of our community we collected 67,000 pounds of food at our food drive at Fresno State — this went directly to serve students and help them with a basic need,” Alkire said.  “We want our community to rally around Fresno State … by showing up in big numbers to top our collection totals from last year.”

The Big Fresno Fair will run Oct. 2-14. More information is available at

Those who are unable to make the food drive can support Fresno State students by donating funds online.

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Fresno State First Lady Mary Castro greets a donor at the 2018 “Feed the Need” food drive. (

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