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Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino Seeks to Rise above Hunger at the Million Meals Gala in Riverside on November 2, 2019


Tickets Available Online Through October 25, 2019 

(Riverside, CA – September 9, 2019) – Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino (FARSB) will host the much anticipated and not-to-be-missed 7th Annual Million Meals Gala – Rising Above Hunger at the Grier Pavilion on top of Riverside City Hall in Downtown Riverside, CA on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

The 7th Annual Million meals Gala will honor Dr. Anil Garde and Mrs. Gigi Garde of Riverside, and will feature live music, silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner, passionate speakers, and a special award ceremony to honor some of the Inland Empire’s most passionate hunger advocates. Proceeds from the event will help to provide one million meals to food insecure children and families in the Inland Empire this holiday season.

Sharing her journey as a formerly homeless and hungry college student at UC Riverside, Melina Reyes, an Inland Empire native and hunger advocate, will join the gala as a guest speaker to share her experience dealing first hand with food insecurity.

In 2016, Melina Reyes, a fourth-year Political Science major at UC Riverside went on a 5 day (115 hour) hunger strike to raise awareness for food-insecurity that she, and many of her classmates, faced while attending the university. UC Riverside is rated the highest amongst all UC campuses for food-insecurity, with 62% of students experiencing it on campus. Now having graduated and strengthened her ties to public policy, Melina Reyes will join FARSB at the 2019 Million Meals Gala on November 2, 2019, to share her story and inspire others in her community to do more for the causes they most care about.

“Melina Reyes represents an age group and demographic that people often ignore when they think of hunger,” said FARSB Philanthropy Director, Lori Butler. “We are honored to have Melina join us to share her truth about facing hunger to pursue an education, while simultaneously advocating for her fellow college students.”

During the evening, winners of the community voted ‘Hunger Hero Awards” will be announced. Those nominated as Partner Charity of The Year include Inland Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Lake Hills Christian Center, and Reaching the Unreachable. Nominees for Media Partner of The Year include Spectrum News 1, Inland Empire News, and KVCRKey Community Champion nominees include Big Bear RotaryEagle Scout Candidate Eric Roberts, and Volunteer Cheryl TavaglioneKey Corporate Champion nominees include Hendrick Automotive, DHL Supply Chain, and Enterprise.

An additional President’s Choice award, whose recipient will be chosen by FARSB CEO, Stephanie Otero, will also be awarded to an individual in the community whose inspirational service to FARSB best represents the idea that together we can end hunger in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

In the Inland Empire, more than 400,000 people struggle with hunger and may not know where they’ll find their next meal. That number includes 1 in 5 children.

Sponsors of the Million Meals Gala include: TargetHodgdon GroupWalmartMolina HealthcareWells FargoKaiser Permanente, Mike and Clara Vanderpool, the Majestic Realty FoundationInland Empire Business JournalAlaska Airlines, and more.

Ticket may be purchased, donations accepted, and sponsorships submitted for the 2019 Million Meals Gala – Rising above Hunger at


About Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino

Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino (FARSB) is leading the fight against hunger in the Inland Empire by providing food access, emergency relief, education, and advocacy to families in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. FARSB opened in 1980 as Survive Food Bank in response to the increasing concern about the dual problems of hunger and food waste in the Inland Empire. Today, FARSB is the primary source of food for over 300 local nonprofit organizations, distributing over one million pounds of food monthly to emergency food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, high-need elementary schools, halfway houses, senior centers, residential treatment centers, shelters for the abused, after school programs and group homes. With the help of these charity partners, we make up the largest hunger relief organization in the Inland Empire, making food security a reality for over 1.2 million people every year.

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