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.