Rick Bentley

KMJ, Gar Tootelian hit $73,000 in fundraiser

Community Food Bank routinely distributes food across the central San Joaquin Valley. The charity recently benefitted from a donation of more than $73,000 from KMJ and Gar Tootelian Inc.
Community Food Bank routinely distributes food across the central San Joaquin Valley. The charity recently benefitted from a donation of more than $73,000 from KMJ and Gar Tootelian Inc. Vida en el Valle file

Local news/talk radio station NewsTalk 580/105.9 KMJ and local agriculture company Gar Tootelian Inc. recently raised more than $73,000 for Fresno’s Community Food Bank.

A day-long broadcast at The Market Grocery Store featuring KMJ hosts Matt Otstot, John Broeske, Christina Musson, Ray Appleton and Chris Daniel brought in more than $45,000 from listeners. Gar Tootelian Inc. matched each cash donation with 50 cents for every dollar.

That total far surpassed the initial fundraiser in 2014.

The event also saw a lot of donations of food: 1,055 pounds of canned food, 2,810 pounds of potatoes and 1,000 pounds of frozen turkeys.

Organizers said enough money and food was donated to provide more than a half million meals.

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