Fresno State to donate 'Helping Hams' to families in need

The Fresno BeeNovember 25, 2013 

Fresno State officials bought the first hams Monday in a campaign to help feed families in need during the holiday season.

Fresno State President Joseph Castro and Associated Students, Inc. President Moses Menchaca were first in line for "Helping Hams," which is replacing the Give a Gobbler turkey drive this holiday season at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market.

The switch is due to a shortage of turkeys, said Dr. Charles Boyer, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. The warmer weather and feed costs caused the turkey shortage, he said.

Though the Gibson Farm Market won't sell turkeys this year, store manager Nina Palomino said, it will sell prepackaged hams from $25 to $35 each. The goal is for 150 hams to be donated to the Bulldog Pantry by Dec. 18. The hams will be distributed Dec. 20 to families near campus and in the El Dorado Park neighborhood, as well as to local charities.

Donors may purchase an entire ham or give in $5 increments. Donations can be made at the Gibson Farm Market on Chestnut Avenue. RCO Ag Credit donated $2,000 to the cause Monday.

For more information, contact ASI programs and volunteer coordinator Ashleigh Rocker at arocker@csufresno.edu or (559) 278-7703.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com

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