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‘An amazing gift!’ Metallica donates to Fresno food bank, shines light on hunger

Special to The Bee

Metallica did more than rock during their Sunday show at Fresno’s Save Mart Center.

Before the metal band started their performance, they were fighting hunger backstage with a $10,000 donation via their All Within My Hands Foundation to the Central California Food Bank, which provides food for those in need.

“The need is great and it really came at an amazing time,” said Robin Allen-Maddox, a spokeswoman for the food bank. “We’re incredibly grateful not just for the donation, but for spreading awareness about hunger as well.”

She said Metallica expressed gratitude for the food bank, which typically serves around 280,000 people a month through partnerships with 220 organizations that distribute food to those in need across Fresno, Kings, Kern, Madera and Tulare counties.

“They are aware that hunger is a huge issue in America,” Allen-Maddox said, “and are committed to giving back to the communities where they perform.”

The Central California Food Bank is one of 30 food banks listed as recipients of donations from the band’s foundation from September to March during their WorldWired Tour. The foundation describes itself as being “dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services.”

Allen-Maddox said the donation will help provide 70,000 meals for those in need – each dollar received helps provide seven meals.

Metallica also provided free concert tickets to six people from the food bank. The Fresno group posted a photo Monday on Facebook of receiving the donation check backstage, writing “an awesome show and an amazing gift!”

Donations can be made to Central California Food Bank online at ccfoodbank.org. Allen-Maddox said the need is great this time of the year, when many struggle to afford holiday meals and gifts.

Carmen George: 559-441-6386, @CarmenGeorge
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